Tuesday of Gaudete Week – 19 December 2017
“The Lord is at hand; come, let us adore Him!”
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
for your prayer has been heard.“…Luke 1:13
The Lord’s coming promises us a time
when we need not fear. It will indeed be a time
of purifying, a time of humility and trust in God.
We ask for the grace to be like the child
whose mind is changed and says, “Yes”
to our Lord’s call.
Come, O Lord, do not delay;
forgive the sins of your people.
Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
God the almighty Father stretched forth his hand again to
take possession of the remnant of his people. Let us
make our prayer to Him:
Lord, may Your kingdom come.
Lord, grant that our works of penance may please You,
– and that we may be ready for Your kingdom which is so near.
Prepare a path in our hearts for the coming of Your Word,
– and let His glory be revealed among us.
Bring low the mountains of our pride,
– and fill up the valleys of our weakness.
Break down the wall of hatred that divides the nations,
-and make level for mankind the paths to peace.
O ROOT OF JESSE,
that stands for an ensign of the people,
before whom the kings keep silence
and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication:
Come, to deliver us, and tarry not.
Lord of such compassionate wisdom,
How often do I exalt myself and ignore You?
I look over the heads of my more humble brothers and sisters,
not seeing how they rely on You so much more than I do.
Help me to learn from them to make You
the centre of my life.
You invite me to not be ashamed
of what I have done in my life,
but instead offer me a refuge.
Let me call out to you; hear me:
Give me the grace to see those around me
who are brokenhearted.
Guide me in staying with them in their sorrows.
I ask for the courage to help them in all the ways they need it
and to be Your servant on this earth.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.