July 5-12, 2020
CALLING FORTH: Lord Jesus Christ, pour out your spirit upon your church so that she may faithfully and constantly serve you and your children. In the name of Christ, Amen.
Monday – Isaiah 1:10-17
Tuesday – Matthew 10:1-10
Wednesday – Romans 15:1-13
Thursday – 1 Corinthians 9:15-23
Friday – John 17:20-26
Saturday – Romans 14
Sunday – Romans 8:9-17
REFLECTION: (by Carlo Carretto from The God Who Comes )
Defending life, witnessing light, living out love; these remain forever and for every occasion the divine background of prophecy; they are the specific duty of anyone who calls upon God, following Christ’s unmistakable example.
An assembly where people do not love each other, when they accuse each other, where there is rancor or hatred, cannot call itself prophetic.
A person who keeps silent about the truth, who hides the light, is not a prophet.
A people which kills, which deteriorates the quality of life, which suffocates the poor, which is not free, is not a prophetic people.
This is why it is not enough for just any assembly to call itself Church.
To call itself Church, an assembly must mirror the first assembly that met in the Upper Room with Christ: an assembly of faith and grace, an assembly of love and Eucharist, an assembly of prayer and prophecy.
But it is not easy to prophesy; it is terribly costly. It has to be drawn from the silence of God, and there is need to swim against the stream, need to pray at length, need to be without fear.
TIME OF SILENT PRAYER:
CLOSING: May grace, mercy, love, and peace flow through your life and discipleship all the day long. Amen.