Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

I come to reclaim My People

Notes of Praise and Intercession Night on 29 October 2013

A picture of Jesus on a Throne. He was behind the Altar in Church where Mass was being said.

He was very sad of face because so many of His People were missing.

As the Mass progressed the people were thanking God for His Son's presence in the Eucharist and this made Jesus very happy and seemed to console Him greatly.

As people streamed towards Him in the Eucharistic Feast it was as though His light enered into them.They were sufffused with grace and their bodies seemed to grow in stature but not as much as their spirits which on meeting Jesus were enrobed with joy and grace entwined and were envigorated and eager for Jesus. It was as though our tired and enfeebled bodies and spirits were lifted up and made whole. After this encounter each person was more than they had been before and prepared to go forth for the Kingdom.

Put aside all earthly concerns. Unite to My Holy Spirit. Be one in My Body for I have much work for you. Saving Souls. Unite your will to Mine

Ezekiel 37 v 4-6

4 He said, 'Prophesy over these bones. Say, "Dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh.

5 The Lord Yahweh says this to these bones: I am now going to make breath enter you, and you will live.

6 I shall put sinews on you, I shall make flesh grow on you, I shall cover you with skin and give you breath, and you will live; and you will know that I am Yahweh." '

Colossians 1 v 9-14

9 That is why, ever since the day he told us, we have never failed to remember you in our prayers and ask that through perfect wisdom and spiritual understanding you should reach the fullest knowledge of his will

10 and so be able to lead a life worthy of the Lord, a life acceptable to him in all its aspects, bearing fruit in every kind of good work and growing in knowledge of God,

11 fortified, in accordance with his glorious strength, with all power always to persevere and endure,

12 giving thanks with joy to the Father who has made you able to share the lot of God's holy people and with them to inherit the light.

13 Because that is what he has done. It is he who has rescued us from the ruling force of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son that he loves,

14 and in him we enjoy our freedom, the forgiveness of sin.

Picture of water pouring down, and sense of the Lord saying "Victory is Mine, I come to reclaim My People."

Picture of Jesus with the Crown of Thorns and a sense of Jesus being lost, broken and confused.

Picture of a chain and one of the links breaks apart.

Picture of a rope fraying and then snapping.

Picure of a door opening.

The power of praise helps to open up the power of the Spirit to unbind and free people.

"Arise" The Lord inhabits the praises of his people

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Prayer is our best shield and weapon

Notes of Meeting on 15 October 2013

Picture of Jesus beside Him a standard with a lamb on it.

There was a City of Great Light which was under seige from an army of dark forces.

Jesus and Mary together with a host of Angels and many people raised up shields to repel the dark forces.

Prayer is our best shield and weapon againt the enemy.

Romans5 v 12 - 21

12 Well then; it was through one man that sin came into the world, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.

13 Sin already existed in the world before there was any law, even though sin is not reckoned when there is no law.

14 Nonetheless death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sin was not the breaking of a commandment, as Adam's was. He prefigured the One who was to come . . .

15 There is no comparison between the free gift and the offence. If death came to many through the offence of one man, how much greater an effect the grace of God has had, coming to so many and so plentifully as a free gift through the one man Jesus Christ!

16 Again, there is no comparison between the gift and the offence of one man. One single offence brought condemnation, but now, after many offences, have come the free gift and so acquittal!

17 It was by one man's offence that death came to reign over all, but how much greater the reign in life of those who receive the fullness of grace and the gift of saving justice, through the one man, Jesus Christ.

18 One man's offence brought condemnation on all humanity; and one man's good act has brought justification and life to all humanity.

19 Just as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience are many to be made upright.

20 When law came on the scene, it was to multiply the offences. But however much sin increased, grace was always greater;

21 so that as sin's reign brought death, so grace was to rule through saving justice that leads to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 10 v 24 - 33

24 'Disciple is not superior to teacher, nor slave to master.

25 It is enough for disciple to grow to be like teacher, and slave like master. If they have called the master of the house "Beelzebul", how much more the members of his household?

26 'So do not be afraid of them. Everything now covered up will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear.

27 What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.

28 'Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.

29 Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing.

30 Why, every hair on your head has been counted.

31 So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

32 'So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.

33 But the one who disowns me in the presence of human beings, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.

Monday, 21 October 2013

A time of Mercy and Redemption

Notes of Meeting on 8 October 2013

Picture of a layer of blood over the world. Now is a time of Mercy and Redemption. Jesus desires to pour His Blood upon those who are lost. He is calling for them to come back to Him.

Romans 6

1 What should we say then? Should we remain in sin so that grace may be given the more fully?

2 Out of the question! We have died to sin; how could we go on living in it?

3 You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death.

4 So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glorious power, we too should begin living a new life.

5 If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his, so we shall be by a resurrection like his;

6 realising that our former self was crucified with him, so that the self which belonged to sin should be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin.

7 Someone who has died, of course, no longer has to answer for sin.

8 But we believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too.

9 We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.

10 For by dying, he is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God.

11 In the same way, you must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.

12 That is why you must not allow sin to reign over your mortal bodies and make you obey their desires;

13 or give any parts of your bodies over to sin to be used as instruments of evil. Instead, give yourselves to God, as people brought to life from the dead, and give every part of your bodies to God to be instruments of uprightness;

14 and then sin will no longer have any power over you -- you are living not under law, but under grace.

15 What is the implication? That we are free to sin, now that we are not under law but under grace? Out of the question!

16 You know well that if you undertake to be somebody's slave and obey him, you are the slave of him you obey: you can be the slave either of sin which leads to death, or of obedience which leads to saving justice.

17 Once you were slaves of sin, but thank God you have given whole-hearted obedience to the pattern of teaching to which you were introduced;

18 and so, being freed from serving sin, you took uprightness as your master.

19 I am putting it in human terms because you are still weak human beings: as once you surrendered yourselves as servants to immorality and to a lawlessness which results in more lawlessness, now you have to surrender yourselves to uprightness which is to result in sanctification.

20 When you were the servants of sin, you felt no obligation to uprightness,

21 and what did you gain from living like that? Experiences of which you are now ashamed, for that sort of behaviour ends in death.

22 But, now you are set free from sin and bound to the service of God, your gain will be sanctification and the end will be eternal life.

23 For the wage paid by sin is death; the gift freely given by God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 51

1 [For the choirmaster Of David When the prophet Nathan had come to him because he had gone to Bathsheba] Have mercy on me, O God, in your faithful love, in your great tenderness wipe away my offences;

2 wash me clean from my guilt, purify me from my sin.

3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in mind.

4 Against you, you alone, I have sinned, I have done what you see to be wrong, that you may show your saving justice when you pass sentence, and your victory may appear when you give judgement,

5 remember, I was born guilty, a sinner from the moment of conception.

6 But you delight in sincerity of heart, and in secret you teach me wisdom.

7 Purify me with hyssop till I am clean, wash me till I am whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness, and the bones you have crushed will dance.

9 Turn away your face from my sins, and wipe away all my guilt.

10 God, create in me a clean heart, renew within me a resolute spirit,

11 do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness.

12 Give me back the joy of your salvation, sustain in me a generous spirit.

13 I shall teach the wicked your paths, and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from bloodshed, God, God of my salvation, and my tongue will acclaim your saving justice.

15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will speak out your praise.

16 Sacrifice gives you no pleasure, burnt offering you do not desire.

17 Sacrifice to God is a broken spirit, a broken, contrite heart you never scorn.

1 John 2 v 1-2

1 My children, I am writing this to prevent you from sinning; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the upright. 2 He is the sacrifice to expiate our sins, and not only ours, but also those of the whole world.

Eternal Father,

I offer You the Body and Blood,

Soul and Divinity

of Your dearly beloved Son,

Our Lord Jesus Christ,

in atonement for our sins

and those of the whole world.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Have joy and peace in your hearts and a smile on your lips and then you can go and spread my word

Notes of meeting on 1 October 2013

Have joy and peace in your hearts and a smile on your lips and then you can go and spread my word

Psalm 115

1 Not to us, Yahweh, not to us, but to your name give the glory, for your faithful love and your constancy! 2 Why should the nations ask, 'Where is their God?' 3 Our God is in heaven, he creates whatever he chooses. 4 They have idols of silver and gold, made by human hands. 5 These have mouths but say nothing, have eyes but see nothing, 6 have ears but hear nothing, have noses but smell nothing. 7 They have hands but cannot feel, have feet but cannot walk, no sound comes from their throats. 8 Their makers will end up like them, and all who rely on them. 9 House of Israel, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield. 10 House of Aaron, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield. 11 You who fear Yahweh, rely on Yahweh; he is their help and their shield. 12 Yahweh will keep us in mind, he will bless, he will bless the House of Israel, he will bless the House of Aaron, 13 he will bless those who fear Yahweh, small and great alike. 14 May Yahweh add to your numbers, yours and your children's too! 15 May you be blessed by Yahweh, who made heaven and earth. 16 Heaven belongs to Yahweh, but earth he has given to the children of Adam. 17 The dead cannot praise Yahweh, those who sink into silence, 18 but we, the living, shall bless Yahweh, henceforth and for ever.

Isaiah 57 v 14-21

14 Then it will be said: Level up, level up, clear the way, remove the obstacle from my people's way, 15 for thus says the High and Exalted One who lives eternally and whose name is holy, 'I live in the holy heights but I am with the contrite and humble, to revive the spirit of the humble, to revive the heart of the contrite. 16 'For I do not want to be forever accusing nor always to be angry, or the spirit would fail under my onslaught, the souls that I myself have made. 17 'Angered by his wicked cupidity, I hid and struck him in anger, but he rebelliously went the way of his choice. 18 'I saw how he behaved, but I shall heal him, I shall lead him, fill him with consolation, him and those who mourn for him, 19 bringing praise to their lips. Peace, peace to far and near, Yahweh says, and I shall heal him.' 20 The wicked, however, are like the restless sea that cannot be still, whose waters throw up mud and dirt. 21 'No peace', says Yahweh, 'for the wicked.'

Jonah 4 v 1 - 11

1 This made Jonah very indignant; he fell into a rage. 2 He prayed to Yahweh and said, 'Please, Yahweh, isn't this what I said would happen when I was still in my own country? That was why I first tried to flee to Tarshish, since I knew you were a tender, compassionate God, slow to anger, rich in faithful love, who relents about inflicting disaster. 3 So now, Yahweh, please take my life, for I might as well be dead as go on living.' 4 Yahweh replied, 'Are you right to be angry?' 5 Jonah then left the city and sat down to the east of the city. There he made himself a shelter and sat under it in the shade, to see what would happen to the city. 6 Yahweh God then ordained that a castor-oil plant should grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head and soothe his ill-humour; Jonah was delighted with the castor-oil plant. 7 But at dawn the next day, God ordained that a worm should attack the castor-oil plant -- and it withered. 8 Next, when the sun rose, God ordained that there should be a scorching east wind; the sun beat down so hard on Jonah's head that he was overcome and begged for death, saying, 'I might as well be dead as go on living.' 9 God said to Jonah, 'Are you right to be angry about the castor-oil plant?' He replied, 'I have every right to be angry, mortally angry!' 10 Yahweh replied, 'You are concerned for the castor-oil plant which has not cost you any effort and which you did not grow, which came up in a night and has perished in a night. 11 So why should I not be concerned for Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, to say nothing of all the animals?'

Monday, 23 September 2013

Pray and make sacrifices for lost souls

Notes from Praise and Intercession Night 27 August 2013

Picture of a large seat of fire - the Heavenly Fathers Throne.
Michael the Archangel bowed down before the throne and entered into the flames, he seemed to be talking, he then passed out through the flames until he arrived above our group. In his hands he had a large host which he raised up to the Father and the host was broken into many pieces. Michael then served each person with the Holy Eucharist as food for our strength. This gift of Our Lords Body is given to us to strengthen us as we are called as a group to pray and make sacrifice and fast more and more. This enables those souls who would be lost to the Fathers Kingdom to be freed from the Devils snares so they can repent and receive The Great Mercy purchased by Jesus with his Blood.
This gift of strength will enable this group not to be afraid of the responsibility and burden which seems to be upon us. Jesus and Mary will help us to act willingly and with the armoury of help given us in the Eucharist, Fasting, Holy Rosary, Acts of Mercy such as the saying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and individual acts of Penance. When we are low or under attack we can call on Our Mother and Jesus for Peace and the ability to carry this work with great Joy. If we return again to our armoury especially the Eucharist our strength in the Holy Spirit will overcome all Satan's traps. Michael stands over this group with his sword held ready. Satan cannot defeat this work if we look to Our Mother and do as requested. She is Our Mother and needs our help, our allegiance must be to her and to her Son Jesus. It is imperative that we unite with Jesus and Mary. ..........................................

Help Me pray for souls in darkness


Psalm 103 v1-2

1 Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name; 2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Our Lady points us to Jesus

Notes of meeting on 20 August 2013

Picture of Our Lady dressed in white with a blue sash around her. This sash seemed to be encompassed in the middle by her Immaculate Heart. Upon the sash is the word 'Theotokos'. I could see her point to the many people in her army who also wore the blue sash. They were made of people from all walks of life - clever, well dressed, spiritual, down at heel, young, old, ill, bent over, those at their physical peak, and lastly little children. All had a place in her spiritual army, her praying army, all beloved, all equal sons and daughters.

Our Lady opened up her mantle and she sheltered us under it keeping us safe from the evil one.

She beckoned to all mankind to come to her,all those in our families, all those who have no one to pray for them, the lost , the fallen.

Then with her other hand she pointed to her Son Jesus on the Cross. He who sacrificed himself for all our sins, He who loved us more than life itself, He who redeemed us, He the one who feeds us with the finest bread - His Body, he who quenches our thirst with His Holy Blood giving us real life, real strength, real power from the Father to carry on fighting for souls.

Our Lady is our example and our leader. She who formed us just as she formed Jesus in her body.

Jesus is the Holy One so we must aspire to holiness. Our Lady is praying for us for strength in the great battle between good and evil. We are on the winning side as long as we keep faith with her Son Jesus. This she prays for our group at all times.

Jesus came to save the lost and those in darkness

Notes of Meeting on 13 August 2013
Picture of people naked in a dark cavern. There was no one to pray for them. Jesus and Mary whose hearts are aflame with love for them want us to pray for these people. Our prayers can be a garment for the naked and bring them light in darkness.

Jonah 3 v 4-10

4 Jonah began by going a day's journey into the city and then proclaimed, 'Only forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown.' 5 And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. 7 He then had it proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles, as follows: 'No person or animal, herd or flock, may eat anything; they may not graze, they may not drink any water. 8 All must put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil ways and violent behaviour. 9 Who knows? Perhaps God will change his mind and relent and renounce his burning wrath, so that we shall not perish.' 10 God saw their efforts to renounce their evil ways. And God relented about the disaster which he had threatened to bring on them, and did not bring it.

Matthew 9 v 14- 17

14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?' 15 Jesus replied, 'Surely the bridegroom's attendants cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth onto an old cloak, because the patch pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. 17 Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, the wine runs out, and the skins are lost. No; they put new wine in fresh skins and both are preserved.'

Luke 19 v 1 -10

1 He entered Jericho and was going through the town 2 and suddenly a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. 3 He kept trying to see which Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; 4 so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at your house today.' 6 And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. 7 They all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay at a sinner's house,' they said. 8 But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.' 9 And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of man has come to seek out and save what was lost.'

Matthew 18 v 12-14

12 'Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? 13 In truth I tell you, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. 14 Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Turn to Me your Saviour

Notes of meeting on 6 August 2013

Picture of a great light and within its centre is Jesus crucified. Jesus says:

Remember I am the bread come down from Heaven, your beloved Saviour Jesus Christ.

I am the only sacrifice ordained by the Father for man's salvation. The actions of the Holy Spirit, through the hands of my blessed son's the Priests, is the only consecration of validity. I my self will feed my flock with my own Body and Blood, real food and real drink for your sustenance. I do this for you, for love of you, I lay down my life for you my sheep. I suffer for you my sheep, I long for you my sheep, I love you my sheep as part of my own Body.

I will protect you in all ways and at all times, turn to Me your Saviour I will instantly be with you. Thirst for Me as I thirst for you. Give me your hearts and I will transform them.

Hebrews 10 v 22 - 39

22 So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our hearts sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is trustworthy. 24 Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. 25 Do not absent yourself from your own assemblies, as some do, but encourage each other; the more so as you see the Day drawing near. 26 If, after we have been given knowledge of the truth, we should deliberately commit any sins, then there is no longer any sacrifice for them. 27 There is left only the dreadful prospect of judgement and of the fiery wrath that is to devour your enemies. 28 Anyone who disregards the Law of Moses is ruthlessly put to death on the word of two witnesses or three; 29 and you may be sure that anyone who tramples on the Son of God, and who treats the blood of the covenant which sanctified him as if it were not holy, and who insults the Spirit of grace, will be condemned to a far severer punishment. 30 We are all aware who it was that said: Vengeance is mine; I will pay them back. And again: The Lord will vindicate his people. 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 Remember the great challenge of the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days; 33 sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to humiliations and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. 34 For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you accepted with joy being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting. 35 Do not lose your fearlessness now, then, since the reward is so great. 36 You will need perseverance if you are to do God's will and gain what he has promised. 37 Only a little while now, a very little while, for come he certainly will before too long. 38 My upright person will live through faith but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him. 39 We are not the sort of people who draw back, and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faith until our souls are saved.

Rest in my love. Rest in my love my people. Rest in the peace that I want to give to you.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Living water

Notes of meeting on 23 July 2013

The world is dry like the desert. Praise Jesus for the immense love he has in giving himself to us in the Eucharist. This love brings healing to the world. Let the living waters flow bringing blooms in the desert.

James 5 v 7 - 20

7 Now be patient, brothers, until the Lord's coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! 8 You too must be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord's coming will be soon. 9 Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. 10 For your example, brothers, in patiently putting up with persecution, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord's name; 11 remember it is those who had perseverance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and understood the Lord's purpose, realising that the Lord is kind and compassionate. 12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear by heaven or by the earth or use any oaths at all. If you mean 'yes', you must say 'yes'; if you mean 'no', say 'no'. Otherwise you make yourselves liable to judgement. 13 Any one of you who is in trouble should pray; anyone in good spirits should sing a psalm. 14 Any one of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the Lord and pray over him. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. 16 So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully. 17 Elijah was a human being as frail as ourselves -- he prayed earnestly for it not to rain, and no rain fell for three and a half years; 18 then he prayed again and the sky gave rain and the earth gave crops. 19 My brothers, if one of you strays away from the truth, and another brings him back to it, 20 he may be sure that anyone who can bring back a sinner from his erring ways will be saving his soul from death and covering over many a sin.

Ephesians 6 v 10-18

1 Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord -- that is what uprightness demands. 2 The first commandment that has a promise attached to it is: Honour your father and your mother, 3 and the promise is: so that you may have long life and prosper in the land. 4 And parents, never drive your children to resentment but bring them up with correction and advice inspired by the Lord. 5 Slaves, be obedient to those who are, according to human reckoning, your masters, with deep respect and sincere loyalty, as you are obedient to Christ: 6 not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please human beings, but as slaves of Christ who wholeheartedly do the will of God. 7 Work willingly for the sake of the Lord and not for the sake of human beings. 8 Never forget that everyone, whether a slave or a free man, will be rewarded by the Lord for whatever work he has done well. 9 And those of you who are employers, treat your slaves in the same spirit; do without threats, and never forget that they and you have the same Master in heaven and there is no favouritism with him. 10 Finally, grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. 11 Put on the full armour of God so as to be able to resist the devil's tactics. 12 For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the principalities and the ruling forces who are masters of the darkness in this world, the spirits of evil in the heavens. 13 That is why you must take up all God's armour, or you will not be able to put up any resistance on the evil day, or stand your ground even though you exert yourselves to the full. 14 So stand your ground, with truth a belt round your waist, and uprightness a breastplate, 15 wearing for shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the gospel of peace 16 and always carrying the shield of faith so that you can use it to quench the burning arrows of the Evil One. 17 And then you must take salvation as your helmet and the sword of the Spirit, that is, the word of God. 18 In all your prayer and entreaty keep praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all God's holy people,

Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Body of Christ

Notes of meeting on 16 July 2013

Picture of Our Lady heavily pregnant, she carries the Word, the Body of Christ, the Church, the fulfilment of God's promise.
As we look at the life of Jesus under his parents on earth, he is born, he is loved and nurtured, he becomes as man. In all these things Mary His Mother helps and guides him, even to witnessing his death on the Cross and then the joy of the resurrection.
Picture of Mary carrying the Church which is Christ the fulfilment of God's promise.
The Church is subject to God's laws, it is loved by the Father and nurtured by Him. It has grown and leads it's people, His Body.
Just as Mary carried Jesus so does she carry the Church. It may be destroyed as Jesus' body was destroyed but it will rise again to be triumphant just as Jesus was at the resurrection. The Father will never let His Church be fully destroyed, there will always be a remnant that shall remain and grow. Our Mother guides us and her Son's Church we can do nothing better than emulate her.

Ephesians 4 v 11-16
11 And to some, his 'gift' was that they should be apostles; to some prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; 12 to knit God's holy people together for the work of service to build up the Body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God and form the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself. 14 Then we shall no longer be children, or tossed one way and another, and carried hither and thither by every new gust of teaching, at the mercy of all the tricks people play and their unscrupulousness in deliberate deception. 15 If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow completely into Christ, who is the head 16 by whom the whole Body is fitted and joined together, every joint adding its own strength, for each individual part to work according to its function. So the body grows until it has built itself up in love.
Romans 8 v 9 - 19
9 You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But when Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin but the spirit is alive because you have been justified; 11 and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you. 12 So then, my brothers, we have no obligation to human nature to be dominated by it. 13 If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the habits originating in the body, you will have life. 14 All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God; 15 for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, 'Abba, Father!' 16 The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. 17 And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory. 18 In my estimation, all that we suffer in the present time is nothing in comparison with the glory which is destined to be disclosed for us, 19 for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed.
2 Corinthians 5 v 17-21
17 So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. 18 It is all God's work; he reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone's faults against them, but entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you through us, and in the name of Christ we appeal to you to be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made the sinless one a victim for sin, so that in him we might become the uprightness of God.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Help me your Jesus to save souls

Notes of Praise and Intercession Meeting 9 July 2013

Picture of Jesus upon the Cross and He was calling out to the Father "Why have you forsaken me?"
Jesus is still feeling this anguish today, right now, not with his Father but with us. "Why have you forsaken me?"
Jesus asks us to win souls for Him through love. He can look around at the billions of souls who do not want to know Him and His heart is broken and sorrowful. It is as though he were re-crucified because of the intense pain he feels that these people created in his image might not be able to come into His Kingdom.
He pleads with us and others around the world, who are his consolation, to pray for prayer can move mountains.
Love can heal all wounds and divisions.
Peace brings healing.
The Spirit works effectively through prayer. It is prayer that enables poor souls to open up to the Spirit.
Jesus is like a shepherd who calls but cannot be heard because of the cacophony of noise and the clamour of the evil one clouding the minds of the people, especially young people, to his loving voice.
"Why do you forsake me?" becomes "Why do you forsake my children?". Pray, pray, pray.
Do not let the evil one infiltrate even those of you, my beloved consolation. Stay with me, help me your Jesus to save souls.
I love you, you console me in this anguish. Help me, help me, for I am broken hearted.

Psalm 22
1 [For the choirmaster To 'the Doe of the Dawn' Psalm Of David] My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? The words of my groaning do nothing to save me.
2 My God, I call by day but you do not answer, at night, but I find no respite.
3 Yet you, the Holy One, who make your home in the praises of Israel,
4 in you our ancestors put their trust, they trusted and you set them free.
5 To you they called for help and were delivered; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm, less than human, scorn of mankind, contempt of the people;
7 all who see me jeer at me, they sneer and wag their heads,
8 'He trusted himself to Yahweh, let Yahweh set him free! Let him deliver him, as he took such delight in him.'
9 It was you who drew me from the womb and soothed me on my mother's breast.
10 On you was I cast from my birth, from the womb I have belonged to you.
11 Do not hold aloof, for trouble is upon me, and no one to help me!
12 Many bulls are encircling me, wild bulls of Bashan closing in on me.
13 Lions ravening and roaring open their jaws at me.
14 My strength is trickling away, my bones are all disjointed, my heart has turned to wax, melting inside me.
15 My mouth is dry as earthenware, my tongue sticks to my jaw. You lay me down in the dust of death.
16 A pack of dogs surrounds me, a gang of villains closing in on me as if to hack off my hands and my feet.
17 I can count every one of my bones, while they look on and gloat;
18 they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
19 Yahweh, do not hold aloof! My strength, come quickly to my help,
20 rescue my soul from the sword, the one life I have from the grasp of the dog!
21 Save me from the lion's mouth, my poor life from the wild bulls' horns!
22 I shall proclaim your name to my brothers, praise you in full assembly:
23 'You who fear Yahweh, praise him! All the race of Jacob, honour him! Revere him, all the race of Israel!'
24 For he has not despised nor disregarded the poverty of the poor, has not turned away his face, but has listened to the cry for help.
25 Of you is my praise in the thronged assembly, I will perform my vows before all who fear him.
26 The poor will eat and be filled, those who seek Yahweh will praise him, 'May your heart live for ever.'
27 The whole wide world will remember and return to Yahweh, all the families of nations bow down before him.
28 For to Yahweh, ruler of the nations, belongs kingly power!
29 All who prosper on earth will bow before him, all who go down to the dust will do reverence before him. And those who are dead,
30 their descendants will serve him, will proclaim his name to generations
31 still to come; and these will tell of his saving justice to a people yet unborn: he has fulfilled it.

Picture of the stone being rolled away from the tomb.
Lord roll away the stone from our dead hearts and bring them to life. Help us live the resurrection.

James 1 v 19 - 27
19 Remember this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to human anger;
20 God's saving justice is never served by human anger;
21 so do away with all impurities and remnants of evil. Humbly welcome the Word which has been planted in you and can save your souls.
22 But you must do what the Word tells you and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves.
23 Anyone who listens to the Word and takes no action is like someone who looks at his own features in a mirror and,
24 once he has seen what he looks like, goes off and immediately forgets it.
25 But anyone who looks steadily at the perfect law of freedom and keeps to it -- not listening and forgetting, but putting it into practice -- will be blessed in every undertaking.
26 Nobody who fails to keep a tight rein on the tongue can claim to be religious; this is mere self-deception; that person's religion is worthless.
27 Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father, is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows in their hardships, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Living water and fire of Love

Notes of meeting on 2 July 2013

Picture of a city with an open door within which was a tree - The Tree of Life. From the tree flowed water that flowed out of the door and became a flowing river. Also from the tree came fire - the love of the Father spreading out on the people.

Rev 21 v 22-27

22 I could not see any temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, 23 and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God, and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it. 24 The nations will come to its light and the kings of the earth will bring it their treasures. 25 Its gates will never be closed by day -- and there will be no night there- 26 and the nations will come, bringing their treasure and their wealth. 27 Nothing unclean may come into it: no one who does what is loathsome or false, but only those who are listed in the Lamb's book of life.

Rev 22 v 1-7

1 Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear. 2 Down the middle of the city street, on either bank of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations. 3 The curse of destruction will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city; his servants will worship him, 4 they will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And night will be abolished; they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever. 6 The angel said to me, 'All that you have written is sure and will come true: the Lord God who inspires the prophets has sent his angel to reveal to his servants what is soon to take place. 7 I am coming soon!' Blessed are those who keep the prophetic message of this book.

Truth is a person,Jesus. Jesus is among us.

Col 3 v 12 - 17

12 As the chosen of God, then, the holy people whom he loves, you are to be clothed in heartfelt compassion, in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. 14 Over all these clothes, put on love, the perfect bond. 15 And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together in one body. Always be thankful. 16 Let the Word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; 17 and whatever you say or do, let it be in the name of the Lord Jesus, in thanksgiving to God the Father through him.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Freedom in the Spirit

Notes of meeting on 18 June 2013 I was praying my daily prayers today and started to pray to the Holy Family to take my unholy family in their midst and all those I love, all those I don't love, all my enemies and I then found myself praying for different groups and lastly brought before the Lord Theotokos.

Suddenly it was as though a huge force or vacuum parted the sky and came into the room at St Mary's it was as if we were in a vortex shaped like an egg timer. All our problems seemed to drain away as this light and strong wind enveloped us, went through us and filled us. It pushed along the floor and out through the windows at a mighty speed touching everything, going into all the dark places and touching all those who have hurt us and those we have hurt. All pain, bitterness, apathy, judgmentalism, revenge and hatred were replaced with contriteness, humility, peace, love, joy and fear of the Lord.

I personally felt a strange quietness of spirit a lassitude in love as though we had all encountered a new freedom in the Spirit.

Corinthians 5 v 1 -15

1 For we are well aware that when the tent that houses us on earth is folded up, there is a house for us from God, not made by human hands but everlasting, in the heavens. 2 And in this earthly state we do indeed groan, 3 longing to put on our heavenly home over the present one; if indeed we are to be found clothed rather than stripped bare. 4 Yes, indeed, in this present tent, we groan under the burden, not that we want to be stripped of our covering, but because we want to be covered with a second garment on top, so that what is mortal in us may be swallowed up by life. 5 It is God who designed us for this very purpose, and he has given us the Spirit as a pledge. 6 We are always full of confidence, then, realising that as long as we are at home in the body we are exiled from the Lord, 7 guided by faith and not yet by sight; 8 we are full of confidence, then, and long instead to be exiled from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 And so whether at home or exiled, we make it our ambition to please him. 10 For at the judgement seat of Christ we are all to be seen for what we are, so that each of us may receive what he has deserved in the body, matched to whatever he has done, good or bad. 11 And so it is with the fear of the Lord always in mind that we try to win people over. But God sees us for what we are, and I hope your consciences do too. 12 Again we are saying this not to commend ourselves to you, but simply to give you the opportunity to take pride in us, so that you may have an answer for those who take pride in appearances and not inner reality. 13 If we have been unreasonable, it was for God; if reasonable, for you. 14 For the love of Christ overwhelms us when we consider that if one man died for all, then all have died; 15 his purpose in dying for all humanity was that those who live should live not any more for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life.

We have freedom in Christ - stay free!

Invocation of the Holy Spirit

Let us invoke the Holy Spirit: praise to you Holy Spirit, artisan of God's works. May your gifts shape us! Just as the Church travels the same journey with all humanity, so too may we answer your call to exercise your gifts amidst the ups and downs of our daily life.

Empowered by you, and drawing upon faith's rich vision, may we help build a world in which God's gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished - not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed.

Help us build a new age in which hopw liberates us from the shallowness, apathy and self-absorption which deaden our souls and poison our relationships.

Help us build a new age in which love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty.

May we become prophets of this new age, messengers of your faith, hope and love, darwing people to ther Father and building a future of hope for all humanity. Amen

(Adapted from Pope Benedict's homily, World Youth Day, Sydney, 20 July 2008)

Ephesians 1 v 3-10 3

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. 4 Thus he chose us in Christ before the world was made to be holy and faultless before him in love, 5 marking us out for himself beforehand, to be adopted sons, through Jesus Christ. Such was his purpose and good pleasure, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved, 7 in whom, through his blood, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins. Such is the richness of the grace 8 which he has showered on us in all wisdom and insight. 9 He has let us know the mystery of his purpose, according to his good pleasure which he determined beforehand in Christ, 10 for him to act upon when the times had run their course: that he would bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on earth.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Oil of gladness

Notes from meeting of 4 June 2013

Picture of the prayer group and God pouring anointing oil over the building and right into the building and over the group.
The oil covered every person and they became free and able to work for God much more effectively. The oil seeped out in to the streets and to other parts of the surrounding areas. Everywhere this anointing went light became more visible and the people more free and more gifted.
Darkness was dispelled and the Spirit more able to do his mighty work. We could all see that this group has been and still is a great blessing not only to us and all those who have attended but those in surrounding areas and those we have prayed and interceded for.
We are little 'God Bearers' 'Theotokos' just as Our Mother asked us to be.

God is showing us that although we don't always see the fruits of our prayer and praise none the less it has had far reaching graces for us and others. Individually we are each important to God but because we are called to pray together as Our Lady requested our group has become a little oasis, a haven, a training ground for us and others.

It was felt that we will be used powerfully to help God's people as long as we are open and let the Holy Spirit work through us. We should be praying for the gifts but especially of humility and perseverance both gifts that Our Lady has.

Acts 4 v 29-33
29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Pray Pray Pray!

Notes of meeting on 28 May 2013

A picture of a blue light which on looking closer was revealed to be a gossamer net.
Four angels pulled at the four corners and pulled it towards the Earth covering it then they drew the four corners together completely enclosing our world in this gossamer net of blue light.
Our Lady shows us that this gossamer net is a protection she has woven along with the Holy Spirit and our prayers. Our prayers are important because if we keep praying the holes that Satan makes in this protection are repaired.
Our Lady implores our prayers to save her fallen sons and daughters. If we pray the Evil One cannot sustain his onslaughts. If we pray her children will receive graces to turn back to her Son and the Father. If we pray the protection stays intact to allow the Holy Spirit to give extra graces to her children.
She says Pray, Pray, Pray!
She smiles at us.


We are all parts of Christs body. He is the head (the vine) we are the limbs (the branches). Cut off from him we can do nothing. Let us remain with him, live in him. Let us pray for one another that we stay united to Christ and one another. Let us pray for those who have become separated from him that they be given the grace to return and re-unite with him.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Save Souls

Notes from Meeting on 7 May 2013

Picture of an army of all different factions, some in brown and others in white, red or blue.
Our Lady was at the front leading them as they walked to the Throne of the Father where she knelt down to worship and pray. The whole army surrounded by light did the same. Our Lady spoke at length to the Father.
Our Lady followed by the army got up off their knees and processed to the Cross of Jesus where she again knelt and prayed.
The Blood of Jesus her Son flowed copiously and Jesus once again suffered. Our Lady asked that as the Blood of Jesus flowed we should pray and intercede for the fallen of mankind, that somehow we were being asked to participate in this suffering to save souls. She in all humility pleaded with us to help so that her Son's suffering wasn't in vain. It seemed as though His Blood cried out to us to save souls.
We could hear the poor souls crying out for help and pity.
I would liken it to how the poor mothers whose babies were killed by Herod, Our Lady feels that for each of us especially those lost to her Son Jesus.

Pray Pray Pray

James 5 v 19-20
19 My brothers, if one of you strays away from the truth, and another brings him back to it,
20 he may be sure that anyone who can bring back a sinner from his erring ways will be saving his soul from death and covering over many a sin.

Picture of a great body of water issuing from Jesus' Heart. It was a calm sea of Mercy that cascaded over the Earth and caught all sinners in its calm loving depths. This body of water went under the Earth to the very core, reaching out to those whose way is for Hell. This water surrounded them and lifted them through the layers until they reached the surface. Everyone of them was in total gratitude to Jesus for granting them this saving mercy.

It was felt strongly that Jesus wants us to pray for the lost and fallen, those in abject poverty of the Holy Spirit and those who have turned away from His Great Mercy. Our prayers can help to change minds so that they can see clearly that God the Father loves them.  We must please for our brothers and sisters souls as never before with urgency!

Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his harvest

Notes of Praise & Intercession Meeting 30 April 2013

Matt 9 v 35 -37
35 Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness.
36 And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his harvest.'

We prayed that God would raise up John the Baptists, Davids, Joshuah's, Elijah's, Elisha's, Deborah's, Lydia's...

We prayed that God would raise up new young leaders.

We prayed that God would raise up preachers of the Gospel and raise up Priests

Acts 13
1 In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit said, 'I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.'
3 So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
4 So these two, sent on their mission by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there set sail for Cyprus.
5 They landed at Salamis and proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; John acted as their assistant.
6 They travelled the whole length of the island, and at Paphos they came in contact with a Jewish magician and false prophet called Bar-Jesus.
7 He was one of the attendants of the proconsul Sergius Paulus, who was an extremely intelligent man. The proconsul summoned Barnabas and Saul and asked to hear the word of God,
8 but Elymas the magician (this is what his name means in Greek) tried to stop them so as to prevent the proconsul's conversion to the faith.
9 Then Saul, whose other name is Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked at him intently
10 and said, 'You utter fraud, you impostor, you son of the devil, you enemy of all uprightness, will you not stop twisting the straightforward ways of the Lord?
11 Now watch how the hand of the Lord will strike you: you will be blind, and for a time you will not see the sun.' That instant, everything went misty and dark for him, and he groped about to find someone to lead him by the hand.
12 The proconsul, who had watched everything, became a believer, being much struck by what he had learnt about the Lord.
13 Paul and his companions went by sea from Paphos to Perga in Pamphylia where John left them to go back to Jerusalem.
14 The others carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to synagogue on the Sabbath and took their seats.
15 After the passages from the Law and the Prophets had been read, the presidents of the synagogue sent them a message, 'Brothers, if you would like to address some words of encouragement to the congregation, please do so.'
16 Paul stood up, raised his hand for silence and began to speak: 'Men of Israel, and fearers of God, listen!
17 The God of our nation Israel chose our ancestors and made our people great when they were living in Egypt, a land not their own; then by divine power he led them out
18 and for about forty years took care of them in the desert.
19 When he had destroyed seven nations in Canaan, he put them in possession of their land
20 for about four hundred and fifty years. After this he gave them judges, down to the prophet Samuel.
21 Then they demanded a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years,
22 he deposed him and raised up David to be king, whom he attested in these words, "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will perform my entire will."
23 To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David's descendants, Jesus, as Saviour,
24 whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel.
25 Before John ended his course he said, "I am not the one you imagine me to be; there is someone coming after me whose sandal I am not fit to undo."
26 'My brothers, sons of Abraham's race, and all you godfearers, this message of salvation is meant for you.
27 What the people of Jerusalem and their rulers did, though they did not realise it, was in fact to fulfil the prophecies read on every Sabbath.
28 Though they found nothing to justify his execution, they condemned him and asked Pilate to have him put to death.
29 When they had carried out everything that scripture foretells about him they took him down from the tree and buried him in a tomb.
30 But God raised him from the dead,
31 and for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied him from Galilee to Jerusalem: and it is these same companions of his who are now his witnesses before our people.
32 'We have come here to tell you the good news that the promise made to our ancestors has come about.
33 God has fulfilled it to their children by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the psalms: You are my son: today I have fathered you.
34 The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to return to corruption, is no more than what he had declared: To you I shall give the holy things promised to David which can be relied upon.
35 This is also why it says in another text: You will not allow your Holy One to see corruption.
36 Now when David in his own time had served God's purposes he died; he was buried with his ancestors and has certainly seen corruption.
37 The one whom God has raised up, however, has not seen corruption.
38 'My brothers, I want you to realise that it is through him that forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you. Through him justification from all sins from which the Law of Moses was unable to justify
39 is being offered to every believer.
40 'So be careful -- or what the prophets say will happen to you.
41 Cast your eyes around you, mockers; be amazed, and perish! For I am doing something in your own days that you would never believe if you were told of it.'
42 As they left they were urged to continue this preaching the following Sabbath.
43 When the meeting broke up many Jews and devout converts followed Paul and Barnabas, and in their talks with them Paul and Barnabas urged them to remain faithful to the grace God had given them.
44 The next Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God.
45 When they saw the crowds, the Jews, filled with jealousy, used blasphemies to contradict everything Paul said.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out fearlessly. 'We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life, here and now we turn to the gentiles.
47 For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said: I have made you a light to the nations, so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of the earth.'
48 It made the gentiles very happy to hear this and they gave thanks to the Lord for his message; all who were destined for eternal life became believers.
49 Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside.
50 But the Jews worked on some of the devout women of the upper classes and the leading men of the city; they stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their territory.
51 So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went off to Iconium; but the converts were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 1 v 3-9
3 Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
4 and into a heritage that can never be spoilt or soiled and never fade away. It is reserved in heaven for you
5 who are being kept safe by God's power through faith until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the final point of time.
6 This is a great joy to you, even though for a short time yet you must bear all sorts of trials;
7 so that the worth of your faith, more valuable than gold, which is perishable even if it has been tested by fire, may be proved -- to your praise and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8 You have not seen him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him you believe in him and so are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described;
9 and you are sure of the goal of your faith, that is, the salvation of your souls.

Be bold be strong for the Lord your God is with you.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Jesus our Saviour

Notes from meeting 9 April 2013

Colossians 1 v 13-20
13 Because that is what he has done. It is he who has rescued us from the ruling force of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son that he loves,
14 and in him we enjoy our freedom, the forgiveness of sin.
15 He is the image of the unseen God, the first-born of all creation,
16 for in him were created all things in heaven and on earth: everything visible and everything invisible, thrones, ruling forces, sovereignties, powers -- all things were created through him and for him.
17 He exists before all things and in him all things hold together,
18 and he is the Head of the Body, that is, the Church. He is the Beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that he should be supreme in every way;
19 because God wanted all fullness to be found in him
20 and through him to reconcile all things to him, everything in heaven and everything on earth, by making peace through his death on the cross.

Join our hearts in unity and take away our fears

Lord unite us in your love, in your Spirit bring us your peace, heal us of all our sin our anxieties worries and fears. Reconcile us to yourself.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Jesus, The Good Shepherd

Notes from Meeting on 19 March 2013

Picture of Jesus as the Good Shepherd

Luke 15 v 1-7
1 The tax collectors and sinners, however, were all crowding round to listen to him,
2 and the Pharisees and scribes complained saying, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.'
3 So he told them this parable:
4 'Which one of you with a hundred sheep, if he lost one, would fail to leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the missing one till he found it?
5 And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders
6 and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, I have found my sheep that was lost."
7 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repenting than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of repentance.

Zechariah 8
1 The word of Yahweh Sabaoth came as follows:
2 Yahweh Sabaoth says this: I have been burning with jealousy for Zion, with furious jealousy for her sake.
3 Yahweh says this: I am coming back to Zion and shall live in the heart of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be called Faithful City and the mountain of Yahweh Sabaoth, the Holy Mountain.
4 Yahweh Sabaoth says this: Aged men and women once again will sit in the squares of Jerusalem, each with a stick to lean on because of their great age.
5 And the squares of the city will be full of boys and girls playing there.
6 Yahweh Sabaoth says this: If this seems a miracle to the remnant of this people (in those days), will it seem one to me? declares Yahweh.
7 Yahweh Sabaoth says this: Look, I shall rescue my people from the countries of the east and from the countries of the west.
8 I shall bring them back to live in the heart of Jerusalem, and they will be my people and I shall be their God, faithful and just.
9 'Yahweh Sabaoth says this, "Take heart, you who today hear these promises uttered by the prophets since the day when the foundations of the Temple of Yahweh Sabaoth were laid, that the sanctuary would indeed be rebuilt.
10 For up to now, men were not paid their wages and nothing was paid for the animals either; and it has not been safe for anyone to come and go, because of the enemy, since I had set each one against everyone else.
11 But from now on, I shall not treat the remnant of this people as I have treated them in time past -- declares Yahweh Sabaoth.
12 Now they will sow in peace; the vine will give its fruit, the soil will give its produce and heaven will give its dew. I shall bestow all these on the remnant of this people.
13 Just as once you were a curse among the nations, House of Judah and House of Israel, so now I shall save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid. Take heart!"
14 'For Yahweh Sabaoth says this, "Just as I resolved to ill-treat you when your ancestors provoked me to anger and did not relent -- says Yahweh Sabaoth-
15 so now I have changed my mind and intend to treat Jerusalem and the House of Judah well. Do not be afraid!
16 "These are the things that you must do. Speak the truth to one another; at your gates, administer fair judgement conducive to peace;
17 do not secretly plot evil against one another; do not love perjury; since I hate all this -- Yahweh declares." '
18 The word of Yahweh Sabaoth was addressed to me as follows:
19 'Yahweh Sabaoth says this, "The fast of the fourth month, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth are to become glad, joyful, happy festivals for the House of Judah. So love truth and peace!" '
20 'Yahweh Sabaoth says this, "In the future, peoples and citizens of many cities will come;
21 and citizens of one city will go to the next and say: We must certainly go to entreat Yahweh's favour and seek out Yahweh Sabaoth; I am going myself.
22 Yes, many peoples and great nations will seek out Yahweh Sabaoth in Jerusalem and entreat Yahweh's favour."
23 'Yahweh Sabaoth says this, "In those days, ten men from nations of every language will take a Jew by the sleeve and say: We want to go with you, since we have learnt that God is with you." '

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

We adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Notes from meeting on 12 March 2013

Picture of a great arch of light which was like a tunnel that seemed to stretch for miles. The arch was made of God's Light carried by many angels.
All believers were walking in this arch of light toward Jesus. He was on the Cross with His Blood seeping on the ground. We all knelt in His Blood and prayed. the Blood became like a gentle river covering the earth in His Mercy. the more we united ourselves to Him the more His Mercy flowed.

All prayed and prayed , our hearts united in His Heart. this served to draw others from the dark to come to the arch of light. Somehow their eyes could see the goodness of the Lord and they were attracted to His Mercy, feeling peace for the first time in their lives they wanted to come to the Lord Jesus.

Mary Our Mother was pleading for her children at the foot of her Son's Cross and she had arranged these angels to light the way to her Son Jesus

Psalm 43
1 Judge me, God, defend my cause against a people who have no faithful love; from those who are treacherous and unjust, rescue me. 
2 For you are the God of my strength; why abandon me? Why must I go around in mourning, harassed by the enemy?
3 Send out your light and your truth; they shall be my guide, to lead me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell.
4 Then I shall go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy. I will rejoice and praise you on the harp, O God, my God.
5 Why so downcast, why all these sighs? Hope in God! I will praise him still, my Saviour, my God.

We adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Romans 13 v 8  - 14
8 The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfil the law.
9 All these: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and all the other commandments that there are, are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbour as yourself.
10 Love can cause no harm to your neighbour, and so love is the fulfilment of the Law.
11 Besides, you know the time has come; the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe.
12 The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light.
13 Let us live decently, as in the light of day; with no orgies or drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy.
14 Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop worrying about how your disordered natural inclinations may be fulfilled.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Ministry of Prayer for Inner Healing

Saturday, 16 March 2013

40 Days For Life - Prayers Day 36 to Day 40

Day 36

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 21

Dear Lord, today I lift before you Leroy Carhart and his colleagues who perform late-term abortions. He does not know your truth. Believing a lie, he has spread deception and death through his words and deeds. I pray for your truth to invade his life and the lives of other abortionists. You have us all surrounded, Lord! Your truth will win in the end. Build my confidence in you, and help me to not only see you at work but to be part of the work you are doing. Amen.

Day 37

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43: 19

Lord, forgive me of my sins and give me the strength to repent, accept your forgiveness, and work to amend this world. As the world finds new ways to sin against life, remind me that there is no heart you can’t turn and no conscience you can’t penetrate. Help me to bring your joy and love into the wasteland so that life may be restored. I ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.

Day 38

Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above— what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below— what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. Job 11: 7– 9

Almighty Father, give me the humility to accept any persecution or discomfort for your sake. The sufferings your followers experience here on earth are so small compared to what you endured for us on the cross. Help me to seek your holy perspective to look beyond myself and see the injustice of abortion as a worldwide crisis and you as the worldwide answer. I praise you for the many faithful leaders around the world whom you have lifted up to protect your innocent children in the womb. I ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.

Day 39

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3: 20– 21

Heavenly Father, you can do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine. I offer myself to you completely, no holding back. Show me what to do, Lord. I open myself to your power at work in my life and through my life to others, as you will. Give me your strength and perseverance to do whatever you would have me do— and to do it anyway, no matter the challenges. Lord, I am willing. Amen.

Day 40

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15: 5,12,13

Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting me to join you in this great work you are doing around the world. I may not have been a “near miss” like David Arabie, but I recognise that abortion personally affects every one of us. Friends and family members have been scarred. Children have been lost. Families have been torn apart. Our cities and nations have been ravaged. Lord, I can do nothing apart from you. I lay my life down for you to use. Show me what you want me to do in response to this crisis. And may my commitment to love others— the unborn, their mothers and fathers, abortion workers, legislators and my fellow pro-life advocates— pour from my life in such a way that they are all drawn closer to you and personally experience your sacrificial love for us all. Use me, Lord, to help make this moment in history the beginning of the end of abortion. Amen.

Bereit, David; Carney, Shawn (2013-01-17). 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done...Imagine What He Can Do (Kindle Locations 4447-4454). Cappella Books. Kindle Edition.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Holy Michael Archangel Defend Us In The Day of Battle

Notes of meeting on 5 March 2012

A hill with a holy city shining we journey toward it - but there are many obstacles  - angels help us to overcome those obstacles on our journey to the holy city.

Picture of cross on the hill - light from the Cross - the power of the Cross

Revelation 12  Woman Clothed with the Son

1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
2 She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth.
3 Then a second sign appeared in the sky: there was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet.
4 Its tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them to the ground, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was at the point of giving birth, so that it could eat the child as soon as it was born.
5 The woman was delivered of a boy, the son who was to rule all the nations with an iron sceptre, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne,
6 while the woman escaped into the desert, where God had prepared a place for her to be looked after for twelve hundred and sixty days.
7 And now war broke out in heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels,
8 but they were defeated and driven out of heaven.
9 The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the devil or Satan, who had led all the world astray, was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him.
10 Then I heard a voice shout from heaven, 'Salvation and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ, now that the accuser, who accused our brothers day and night before our God, has been brought down.
11 They have triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word to which they bore witness, because even in the face of death they did not cling to life.
12 So let the heavens rejoice and all who live there; but for you, earth and sea, disaster is coming -- because the devil has gone down to you in a rage, knowing that he has little time left.'
13 As soon as the dragon found himself hurled down to the earth, he sprang in pursuit of the woman, the mother of the male child,
14 but she was given a pair of the great eagle's wings to fly away from the serpent into the desert, to the place where she was to be looked after for a time, two times and half a time.
15 So the serpent vomited water from his mouth, like a river, after the woman, to sweep her away in the current,
16 but the earth came to her rescue; it opened its mouth and swallowed the river spewed from the dragon's mouth.
17 Then the dragon was enraged with the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, who obey God's commandments and have in themselves the witness of Jesus.

The Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel

The Chaplet of St. Michael is a wonderful way to honour this great Archangel along with the other nine Choirs of Angels. What do we mean by Choirs? It seems that God has created various orders of Angels. Sacred Scripture distinguishes nine such groupings: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels (Isa. 6:2; Gen. 3:24; Col. 1:16; Eph. 1:21; Rom. 8:38). There may be more groupings but these are the only ones that have been revealed to us. The Seraphim is believed to be the highest Choir, the most intimately united to God, while the Angelic Choir is the lowest.

The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d'Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honour him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life.

The Chaplet of St. Michael

O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, etc.

[Say one Our Father and three Hail Marys after each of the following nine salutations in honor of the nine Choirs of Angels]

1. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity. Amen.

2. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.

3. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility. Amen.

4. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Dominations may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and overcome any unruly passions. Amen.

5. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues may the Lord preserve us from evil and falling into temptation. Amen.

6. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers may the Lord protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.

7. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience. Amen.

8. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangels may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works in order that we may attain the glory of Heaven. Amen.

9. By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted in the life to come to Heaven. Amen.

Say one Our Father in honor of each of the following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and our Guardian Angel.

Concluding prayers:

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence.This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


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40 Days For Life - Prayers Days 29 - 35

Day 29

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17: 20

Lord, so often I commit my actions to you but do not trust what you promise to do with them. Too often I doubt the results you will provide from my tiny faith and simple actions. Please give me the humility to trust you with my small efforts and the courage to overcome my doubts. Amen.

Day 30

He said to them: . . .“ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1: 7– 8

Dear Lord and Saviour, Earth is a huge planet, with billions of people, and it’s easy to be daunted by the prospect of combating abortion in all the places where it’s practised around the world. Remind me, when I feel overwhelmed by the task, of people like Carolyn Rice. There is a motivated, energetic army already on the ground, waiting for the call, everywhere this battle must be waged. Help more people in every nation answer that call. Where the need is greatest, that is where you have provided most abundantly, and I thank you. Amen.

Day 31

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139: 13-14

Heavenly Father, thank you for knitting me together in my mother’s womb, and for doing the same for every member of our human family. Never let me take for granted the gift of children, all of whom are fearfully and wonderfully made in your image. Make me a faithful steward of these precious lives so that each generation might be raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Amen.

Day 32

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 118: 5– 6

Lord, thank you for the grace to defend life and to stand strong when others may ridicule or oppose me. May your peace fill my soul, especially when I am called to endure the opposition of others, and may I become more like your crucified and risen Son. Amen.

Day 33

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4: 9

Lord, you alone are the giver of life. Your Word tells me that you know every single hair on my head, and that you take my life, and all of our lives, personally. You became one of us to save us. Help me to empty myself and take all attacks against human life personally, because the littlest and least of these are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Give me the grace to see you in everyone and to not judge the value of human life based on the circumstances of worldly judgements. Help me to take abortion personally and to trust you to give me the strength to be my brother’s keeper. Amen.

Day 34

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1: 7

God Almighty, you mark my path, but often I don’t know where that path will lead. Give me a spirit of power to trust you as I walk that path toward destinations I don’t know. Why you put me in certain positions at certain times I don’t know, but lead me, your child, with love so that I may be used for your greater glory. Amen.

Day 35

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” Mark 11: 23

Dear heavenly Father, help me to see my effort on behalf of the unborn as part of a grand tradition of fighting injustice. You ask your followers to intercede for the widow, for the fatherless, for the oppressed, and I strive to follow that exhortation when I intercede for the unborn. Empower me to invest my time and energy in that battle. Bless my effort, and that of my co-workers on behalf of the unborn, so that today’s worldwide pro-life movement has a lasting and profound effect on saving lives. Amen.

Bereit, David; Carney, Shawn (2013-01-17). 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done...Imagine What He Can Do (Kindle Locations 3862-3864). Cappella Books. Kindle Edition.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Be fruitful

Notes from meeting of 19 February 2013

Rest in my love.

I am the vine, My Father is the gardener, you are the branches. Be fruitful.

Romans 15
1 It is for us who are strong to bear with the susceptibilities of the weaker ones, and not please ourselves.

2 Each of us must consider his neighbour's good, so that we support one another.
3 Christ did not indulge his own feelings, either; indeed, as scripture says: The insults of those who insult you fall on me.
4 And all these things which were written so long ago were written so that we, learning perseverance and the encouragement which the scriptures give, should have hope.
5 Now the God of perseverance and encouragement give you all the same purpose, following the example of Christ Jesus,
6 so that you may together give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one heart.
7 Accept one another, then, for the sake of God's glory, as Christ accepted you.

2 Chronicles 1 v1 - 12
1 Solomon son of David then made himself secure over his kingdom. Yahweh his God was with him, making him more and more powerful.
2 Solomon then spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of families.
3 Solomon, and the whole assembly with him, then went to the high place at Gibeon, where God's Tent of Meeting was, which Moses, servant of God, had made in the desert.
4 The ark of the covenant, however, David had brought from Kiriath-Jearim to the place which he had prepared for it, having pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.
5 The bronze altar which Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, had made was there, in front of Yahweh's Dwelling, where Solomon and the assembly consulted him.
6 There Solomon presented a burnt offering before Yahweh on the bronze altar of the Tent of Meeting, making on it one thousand burnt offerings.
7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, 'Ask what you would like me to give you.'
8 Solomon replied to God, 'You showed most faithful love to David my father, and you have made me king in succession to him.
9 Yahweh God, the promise you made to David my father has now been fulfilled, since you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth.
10 Therefore give me wisdom and knowledge to act as leader of this people, for how otherwise could such a great people as yours be governed?'
11 'Since that is what you want,' God said to Solomon, 'since you have asked, not for riches, treasure, honour, the lives of your enemies, or even for a long life, but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people of whom I have made you king,
12 therefore wisdom and knowledge are granted you. I give you riches too, and treasure, and honour such as no king had before you and none will have after you.'

Isaiah 55 v 6 - 11
6 Seek out Yahweh while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near.

7 Let the wicked abandon his way and the evil one his thoughts. Let him turn back to Yahweh who will take pity on him, to our God, for he is rich in forgiveness;
8 for my thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways, declares Yahweh.
9 For the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.
10 For, as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return before having watered the earth, fertilising it and making it germinate to provide seed for the sower and food to eat,
11 so it is with the word that goes from my mouth: it will not return to me unfulfilled or before having carried out my good pleasure and having achieved what it was sent to do.

Lord thank you that we can rest in your love.

However your love calls us to action, to be fruitful in spreading your love to others, to strengthen the weak to support those who are burdened, to teach others to bring them hope and encouragement.
Help us Lord to spread your love to our families, friends, work colleagues and all who we meet in our daily lives.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Notes from the Year of Faith Mass on 26 February 2013

Isaiah 1: 10, 16 – 20

10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomor’rah! 16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, 17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Psalms 50: 8 – 9, 16 – 17, 21, 23

8 I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before me. 9 I will accept no bull from your house, nor he-goat from your folds. 16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips? 17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. 21 These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you. 23 He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honours me; to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation of God!”

Matthew 23: 1 – 12

1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. 4 They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honour at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. 11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; 12 whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Faith of our forebears

Picture of a table - eat and drink - bread and wine to sustain, strengthen, heal and refresh us

'Taste and see'

Readings challenge us to not judge people by appearances, status, - challenge us as to how we are living our lives - faith is about the lives we lead - do we look out for the widow orphaned those in need around us?

Reach out to my people , love my people, reach out to my people