Speak Lord: guide us to deep life…

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Seek the Lord,
all you, the humble of the earth,
who obey his commands.
Seek integrity,
seek humility:
you may perhaps find shelter
on the day of the anger of the Lord.

In your midst I will leave
a humble and lowly people,
and those who are left in Israel will seek refuge in the name of the Lord.
They will do no wrong,
will tell no lies;
and the perjured tongue will no longer
be found in their mouths.
But they will be able to graze and rest
with no one to disturb them.

Zephaniah 2:3,3:12-13

The first reading at Mass today, the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, calls to us as the humble of the earth, obedient to God. It also calls on us to seek integrity, seek humility: it sort of implies these are qualities we have not yet got.

And as we gather for prayer today maybe we will recognise – and not only in the other people gathering – that we have some way to go before we meet the description in Zephnaniah of the people God wishes to leave to the world, for the worlds good.

We know to what we are called, and at our best we know how far short we fall.  And so we gather seeking what we lack,  with repentence, and in hope.

  • For what do you pray today?
  • Why?

Faith, Hope and Charity. All Saints, Leamington Spa. Photograph (c) 2016, Allen Morris.

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