Building Hope Prayer

Pilgrim God, we give you thanks and praise.
You constantly journey with us even
in our darkness and doubts.
We seek your way of loving kindness
to walk together as one family.
Open our eyes to recognise you in
the faces of one another,
in the breaking of bread and in the
splendour of creation. May the risen Christ sow seeds of hope
and new life deep within us. May our hearts and minds be filled with your Word,
bringing forth truth, justice and peace.
May the Holy Spirit working in and through us
do much more than we can dare to imagine
as we live out our baptismal calling
in humble and loving service.

We make this our prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
St Laurence O’Toole, pray for us.
St Kevin, pray for us.
St Brigid, pray for us.

Building Hope through Prayer, Reflection and Planning

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter – 17 May 2024
Pray Reading John 21:15-19
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you
love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said
to him, “Feed my lambs.”
A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes,
Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because
he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
With love comes responsibility. Talk is cheap and we know how Peter had denied Jesus
before. We are privileged to eavesdrop on this profound loving exchange. Feeding and
tending are now our responsibilities as members of the Christian communities in which we have been called to live. Sharing moments of tender prayer and loving reflection are fundamental sources of nourishment for all. Sit with this Gospel again and again. Say the words of Peter out loud. Hear the words of Jesus in our hearts.
Let’s gather for prayer followed by some refreshments. Look at the informal and important
ministry of welcome. Are there possibilities for refreshments on Sundays or other
occasions? Let’s build together communities of welcome and inclusion.

Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter – 18 May 2024
Pray Reading John 21:25

“This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and has written them, and we know
that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one
of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that
would be written.”
The conclusion of the Gospel of John is tantalising as we imagine the many other words and
actions of Jesus that are not recorded. However, the living gospel continues to amaze, heal,
forgive and nourish through the words and actions of Christian communities throughout the
world. Write down some of the special moments when you encountered Jesus through the
people in your community. Be amazed at the amount of times that you were touched with
the grace of healing, forgiveness and nourishment by others. Repeat the exercise for the
times you were a source of blessing to your sisters and brothers.
It is the eve of Pentecost. A time to pause, to open our hearts and be still.

Pentecost Sunday – 19 May 2024
Pray Reading Acts 2:6
They were all excited, because each one of them heard the believers speaking in his or her
own language.
Psalm 104
Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth
I Cor 12:7
The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all
Take time with each brief passage. Let them speak to you in your own language. How is the
Spirit present in me? How can I use that unique presence for others?
Renewal is more than superficial makeover. It runs deep. It might hurt – Ouch!
Let the Spirit breathe through your plans so far


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