Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
He said to her 'daughter..' Mk 5:32, 34a
In both act and word, you constantly showed the central place of relational claim and connection to human flourishing; and demonstrated your willingness to do whatever was necessary to restore, repair and liberate its potential.
Increase our awareness of the diverse webs into which we are woven; open our eyes to see where these are damaged and broken by our attitudes and actions; and give us the courage and conviction to take the steps and speak the words needed to acknowledge, mend, and celebrate our connectedness with others and with the world in which we live.
He sent them out two by two……'Take nothing for the journey except a staff-no bread, no bag, no money in your belts' Mk 6:7a, 8
We too are sent out to shape and be shaped by the Way:
Through setting out, may we find new energy,
and by travelling lightly, experience new freedom;
While walking, may we discover new cadences,
and in encounter, uncover new connections;
By listening, may we gain new insight,
and through conversation, reach new understanding;
In giving and receiving, may we touch hands with you -
and so together bring in God’s Kingdom.
The King was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. So he immediately sent an execution with orders to bring John’s head. Mk6:26-27
When we know what ought to be said, but fear to speak the words
Invest us with divine resolve.
When we know how to act, but dread looking foolish
Invest us with Christ’s humility.
When we know what is just, but value our own comfort more
Invest us with true perspective.
When we know what is right, but courage, heart or conscience fail
Invest us with Yourself.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them..he began teaching them. And wherever he went…they placed the sick in the market-places….and all who touched him were healed. Mk 6: 34, 56
Whenever the hour, wherever the place, whatever the requirement, it seems that you were always willing and able to set aside your own needs to attend to those of others.
We want to follow your example - but we are not you! And so often, we would rather cut off the world, shutting our eyes to the needs of others, stopping our ears to the call for help, closing our hearts to the claim of relationship.
Or else we go to the other extreme, guiltily feeling we must say ‘yes’ to every request, respond to every cry of distress and maintain every connection. But we are not you! And so we overstretch ourselves and crash and burn.
Help us to learn the proper measure and balance in these things – how to love and care and give according to the measure of heaven without destroying ourselves in the process. And endow us with the wisdom to know how best to spend ourselves and our resources in the cause of your Kingdom.
'Eight month’s wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!'
'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?' John 6:7&9
whose giving knows neither measure nor end,
We confess that all too often
we have kept our own hearts, hands and minds
Forgive us for those times
when our own wants and wishes
have filled the horizon to the exclusion of all else,
and made us blind and deaf
to the needs and concerns of others.
Forgive us for those moments
when the fear that sharing what we have
will lead to our own impoverishment,
has kept us silent and still
when those around us are in need.
Forgive us for those situations
when seeing only a problem
rather than daring to dream a solution,
has left us fettered and powerless
where we might have been building your Kingdom.
Forgive us Father.
Help us to transcend self-centredness, greed and fear
and to always to feel, think and act
as those who know the hope
that is rooted in the generous giving of God