Our prayer theme today: Discipleship
All the readings, chosen at random after a prayer to the Holy Spirit, are listed below. We will post each message in full, in a separate post each day. An overview of the readings will be posted below.
1. Bible: (Douay Rheims) 1Cor.1:30 – 1Cor 2:1-16
2. Good Friday is the Day I desire, and this year, especially, to be remembered for what it really means (5 April 2012)
3. I died for you. Because of this you must trust Me now (19 December 2012)
Prayer Group: Overview of the Readings
The Bible reading from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians talks of wisdom, which comes from God.It speaks of the Spirit which is in us (that comes from God)and that helps us to discern spiritual things. St Paul, as a disciple teaches us of what is important as a disciple and how we need the wisdom that comes from God, not an earthly, sensual wisdom. The Spirit of God helps us to “know the things that are given us from God”. He reminds us of our reward “That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him.” The reading talks of St Paul teaching “Christ crucified”
The second reading (from the Book of Truth) is also about the Crucifixion. Jesus tells us that His death was a very special gift to us, as also at the last Supper, when He gave us another special and unique gift – that of being able to receive Him in Holy Communion. He tells us that receiving Holy Communion at Mass strengthens our Faith.
Jesus asks us to accept His gifts – to accept Him – to not deny Him or forsake Him. He asks us to reflect on the REAL truth of his teachings. This reading is very appropriate at this time when His teaching about the Eucharist is being twisted (Amoris Laetitia). He tells us that we have to accept the Crucifixion (that He died for our sins) as well as the gift given to us at the Last Supper (i.e. the Eucharist). He gives us a warning – that if we don’t we will starve our souls of the food of life.
The last reading again talks of the Crucifixion that He died for us and that we must trust Him. Jesus again asks us not to turn away from Him; that we must not doubt the prophecies and that we (as disciples) must impart every single word of them. Jesus warns us that we will be bullied to reject the messages and to reject the truth as heresy. (In other words, we must be very clear what is Truth and what is heresy.) Jesus tells us that evil spirits will torment us and pull at us.
Jesus tells us never to give up and that He will embrace us to give us the courage we need!
The theme for today was “discipleship”, and indeed, the readings chosen for us by the Holy Spirit today emphasized our role as disciples – what we must do and what we will face and how Jesus will support and strengthen us.