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Today Lord grant an awareness of your grace to all who worship you. Grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind and a joyful heart. Help them to pray believing in Jesus. I ask it in his name – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for those who are dying. If they are distressed at leaving dear ones may they know that they will be able to help from the other side and that everlasting arms of purpose and of love enclose all souls. Help them to trust you all the way. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I pray today O Lord, for Catholic priests, monks and nuns as they pursue their lonely lives of humility, service and obedience. In their times of doubt and questioning reassure them that you are close to them and honour their sacrifice and vocational dedication. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.
“Day and night your gates will be open, so that the kings of the nations may bring you their wealth”.
Isa 60:11 GNB
Certain words convey positive meanings and generate happy associations. “Warm” is a happy and positive word. “Cold” is unpleasant and negative. “Beautiful” is positive but “ugly” is negative. So, when Isaiah conveys the message from God that Jerusalem’s gates will be “open” he is saying something positive and happy. Likewise, when the principal of a college says to the students, “If you have any problems, my door is open”, he is saying, “I will help you to solve your problems. I am prepared to hear your case”. Even if no student has a problem the principal has created a favourable impression. “Open” is always more positive than “Closed”. And the president of a country will say “We are open for business”. People feel happy upon hearing that sentiment.
After the Babylonians had closed Jerusalem down and carried off most of her inhabitants there was little hope for the city. But with her gates now open and people coming from far and wide to bring wealth and do trade there was a much more hopeful future for the city and her inhabitants. It was a promise of God. It must have warmed their hearts to hear the message of God – about her prosperity and not only her worship.
It is important that Christian believers grasp this fundamental concept – that God favours human flourishing. Where this happens, people can grow, prosper, and contribute to human society. Faith too is more likely to grow and increase where there is human flourishing. Worship is more likely to be positive and to point people into the right direction.
Lord, help me to be open to you and all the world.
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