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

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mary our loving Mother and protector

Notes of Praise and Intercession Meeting  25 November 2014

A picture of Our Lady with her mantle spread wide.
She says:
My dear children, beloved of my Heart, you who are in the image of my Son Jesus. I myself nurture you and protect you and take you unto me within my mantle. Here I protect you just as I protected my baby Son Jesus against all evil.
Open your hearts and you will know that I will protect you!
As you are loyal to my beloved Son Jesus so I am loyal to you my children I love you with a mothers love. With a mothers longing I nurture you and guide you in the ways of peace till finally you come home to my Son Jesus and all of us in Heaven where all are surrounded in great Joy, Peace and Love.
My Son's blessing be upon you.
Your loving Mother Mary.

A picture of us in a boat with Jesus, his hands on the tiller directing the course we travel.

Matthew 25:31-46  •  Christ the King (Solemnity) (A)
31 'When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory.
32 All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats.
33 He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome,
36 lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me."
37 Then the upright will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?"
40 And the King will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me."
41 Then he will say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me."
44 Then it will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger or lacking clothes, sick or in prison, and did not come to your help?"
45 Then he will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me."
46 And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.'

When Christ comes again, he will judge us on whether or not we have kept the Ten Commandments (Exod. 20:2-17), that is, on our obedience to God’s law. He will also judge us on whether or not we followed his commandment to love our neighbour: ‘This I command you, to love one another’ (John 15:17), that is, on our treatment of others. This judgement is perhaps a more searching one. Christ wishes to reward us for the good we have done. He has no desire to punish us or exclude us from heaven.
Jesus laid down his life for us. He loves us unconditionally. It is critical that we grasp the depth of his love for us so that we are not paralysed with fear or by the prospect of his judgement. It is vital that we contemplate God’s love towards us, recognizing his mercy and kindness. In this way we will grow in our knowledge and experience of God’s love. Out of love for us God promised: ‘I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the cripple, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will watch over; I will feed them in justice’ (Ezek. 34:16). He fulfilled his promise when he sent Jesus as our Shepherd: ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want’ (Ps. 23:1). Jesus brings us back to the Father, bandages up our wounds, strengthens us through the gift of his body and blood, and protects us from Satan’s ferocious attacks. We live in Jesus’ love. This enables us to love others as he has loved us (John 15:12).
Matthew lists some practical ways of loving others: feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and those in prison (vv. 35-36). Fundamentally, loving others is taking care of them and serving their needs – being a blessing to them in any way that we can. This is not difficult for our love for others flows out of a grateful heart, a heart that knows it is loved. Reflect on the many ways that God shows his love for you. Let his love fill your heart. Then let his love overflow to others.
Jesus, I want to love as you have loved me. Give me an open, generous heart. Show me practical ways to love others.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

for the Son of man has come to seek out and save what was lost

Notes of meeting on 18 November 2014

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.'

Jesus thank you that you came to save the lost, even those whom we may think of as beyond saving.
Thank you that you love all wherever they are, even those lost in darkness and sin.
Help us to see that all can be saved, help us not to write people off, to deem them beyond your love and mercy. Draw all people to yourself.

The love of Jesus can shine through the cracks in our lives to touch others.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Are we wheat or darnel?

Notes of meeting on 4 November 2014

Picture of Our Lady holding a child, the child represents our group Theotokos.
She reminds us of our call to pray for the world and those in darkness.
Beside her is a great abyss of darkness and there are wolves snapping at her feet wanting to push us into the abyss.
Our Lady then reveals from under her mantle the Child Jesus and the abyss disappears.

Matthew 13 v 24 - 30
24 He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off.
26 When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, then the darnel appeared as well.
27 The owner's labourers went to him and said, "Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where does the darnel come from?"
28 He said to them, "Some enemy has done this." And the labourers said, "Do you want us to go and weed it out?"
29 But he said, "No, because when you weed out the darnel you might pull up the wheat with it.
30 Let them both grow till the harvest; and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers: First collect the darnel and tie it in bundles to be burnt, then gather the wheat into my barn." '

Matthew 13 v 36 - 43
36 Then, leaving the crowds, he went to the house; and his disciples came to him and said, 'Explain to us the parable about the darnel in the field.'
37 He said in reply, 'The sower of the good seed is the Son of man.
38 The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the Evil One;
39 the enemy who sowed it, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels.
40 Well then, just as the darnel is gathered up and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of time.
41 The Son of man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of falling and all who do evil,
42 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.
43 Then the upright will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Anyone who has ears should listen!

Matthew 5 v 1 -12
1 Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him.
2 Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
3 How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.
5 Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.
7 Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 'Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Saviour of the World

Notes of Praise and Intercession Night 28 October 2014

Picture of a large wooden door which was fully open. People were coming out one at a time carrying a cross. Some people carried their cross with perseverance and love, some tried to detach the cross from themselves but to no avail, some got angry at this but others grew to accept their cross.
Each person seemed to be on a journey and as they got used to and embraced their cross it seemed to grow smaller in size until at the end of their journey it was a small cross carried in their hearts.
Next could be seen the whole world as the Father had it made it. If you could see the most beautiful jewel it wouldn't touch the beauty of the real world as the Father had made it. All the colours stood out and the multifaceted countries shone. Jesus on His Cross was laid across the world. the Cross seemed to envelop the four corners enwrapping the beauty with His Blood. In large letters were the words "THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD"
God the Father was saying how dear to Him we are, and our world which He created, and that when we willingly take up our crosses together with His Son Jesus miracles can happen. If we look to Mary who interiorly followed and felt every part of her Son Jesus' Calvary we can help in the salvation not only of ourselves but off sinners who are fighting against Heaven by not accepting their cross.

Praise in My Name can break down walls.

Whilst you live in Love the devil cannot hurt you.