O, blessed Jesus, immortal and victorious, by the sorrow you suffered when all the powers of your heart failed you; have mercy on us and help us. Come to us, in the hour of our darkness and in the day of our weakness, that laying hold of you in the glory of life, we may be enfolded with you in the light of eternity; for your own name’s sake. Amen.Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373)
we give thanks for the ways we encounter you in Jesus, the living Word:
in the faces of those in need,
in the faces of the ‘other’ from whom we often draw back,
in moments of joy and in deep sadness.
In all these people and places we find you already there,
kneeling at our feet, ready to serve us.
Jesus, the first and the last,
help us to be your servant people,
carrying the rich treasures of our faith to friend and stranger.
Jesus, born of Mary,
may we be ready to see you where we least expect
and greet you with hopefulness and joy. Amen.
“[Listening and Doing] My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were seated.” (v. 2)
“You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other.” (v. 27)
“Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (v. 39)
“And the LORD said, ‘Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.’” (v. 6)
“And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (v. 6)
2 Corinthians 3:4-18
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (v. 17)
“Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” (v. 11a)
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
2 Samuel 9:1-11:27