4 October 2015
Prayers developed from the daily readings
Sunday 4 October 2015
This is a statement of commitment to justice and to study and work hard to live a righteous life.
Mark 12: 1 – 12
Jesus tells the parable of the man who built a vineyard with a watchtower, put people in charge and went away. He sends a servant to collect some fruit from the tenants. The servant is beaten and sent away empty-handed. A second they beat and send away. The third they kill. He sends many others – some they beat and some they kill. He eventually sends his son, thinking they will respect his son. Instead, they think they will be able to inherit the vineyard for themselves so they kill the son and dispose of his body.
What will the owner do? He will come and kill the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Jesus finishes by quoting a psalm that the stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.
The chief priests, preachers of the Law and elders know Jesus is speaking about them. On one hand they want to arrest him and on they other they are afraid of the crowd, so they leave.
Collect for Morning Prayer
|Sun- baked brick wall|
New Norcia Benedictine Community WA
Holy Lord we give you thanks and praise for Jesus’ life death and resurrection to win all human hearts and minds and souls for you. Help us study your word, sing our loyalty and praise and show our faithfulness through kind speech, humility, inclusion, truth and integrity so that we are part of building of your kingdom through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and the power of your Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen.
Sunday 4 October 2015
Job curses the day he was born. He questions the purpose of his life and wishes for the suffering to end. Given what he has been through he may have been better off dying at birth or being still born. If he were dead he would be in great company with those at rest and in peace. He asks, “Why is light given to one in misery, and life to the bitter in soul” (v.20) and to those who will rejoice in the idea of dying? He says he is in pain, and is living with his biggest fear.
God’s majesty is praised. Every human sound is praise to God. And the psalmist marvels at that. How is it that humans have such a special place when we consider the expanse of the heavens? The psalm ends in awe, wonder and praise.
Hebrews 2: 4 and 14 – 3: 6
Jesus’s life, suffering, death and resurrection are for humans. His real presence and real suffering makes him the faithful high priest to make the atonement sacrifice. His suffering for our salvation helps us when we are being tested and frees us from the oppression that comes from our fear of death.
Jesus is more faithful than Moses. Moses is like the faithful servant in God’s house. Jesus is faithful over God’s house as a son and we are the house if we hold firm in the confidence and pride that belongs to that hope.
Collect for Evening Prayer
|Moon on the lake|
Mulwala NSW L Osburn
Awesome and wonderful God you love, care for and listen to us even when we are tested, oppressed in pain and fear. You in Christ know human pain and suffering and through Christ’s passion and death you gave us light in our misery and life when we were dying. May we forever feel pride and gratefulness and may our only boast be your eternal love for us through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
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