Responding to the Mass of the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Behold, the Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus lays down his life for the world.

We who receive life from him have so many opportunities to share life with others – in this life and beyond.

Beyond? Yes through the sharing with others any organs or tissue that can be sued to help restore them to fuller health.

The law in England changes shortly so that all those who have not opted out are deemed to consent to organ donation. However continuing to opt in, and confirming your choice with family and friends, makes it much easier for medical professions to take quick and effective action after your death.

A link to the NHS page on Organ donation

PS – don’t forget the help you can give even now through blood or platelet donation.

Prayer for those awaiting for organ transplant

Creator God,
breath of life,
through medical science you have given us
the skill and ability to transplant organs,
renewing life for the critically ill.
Bless those, who awaits the gift of a transplant
to enhance the quality of their lives.
Release them from fear and pain,
in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for those considering registering their consent to organ donation

Creator God,
send your Holy Spirit upon men and women
that they may be moved
to share their health
by committing themselves to organ donation.
And move the hearts of families
facing the death of a loved one,
that, in the shadow of grief,
they find the strength to give the gift of life to others;
in Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

Acknowledgements

  • Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
  • Prayers taken from collection by the Church in Wales.
  • Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
  • Photo (c) 2017, Allen Morris. Sacred Heart. Eglise de Saint-Esprit, Paris

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