WEDNESDAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE, 2018
Glory to God in the highest, the creator, and lord of heaven and earth, the preserver of all things, the father of mercies, who so loved humankind as to send his only begotten son into the world to redeem us from sin and misery and to obtain for us everlasting life. Accept, O gracious God, our praises and thanksgivings for your infinite mercies towards us and teach us, O Lord, to love you more and serve you better: through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.
( John Hamilton 1512 - 1571 )
Ye clouds and darkness, hosts of night, that breed confusion and affright,
begone! Overhead the dawn shines clear, the light breaks in and Christ is here.
Earth’s gloom flees broken and dispersed, by the sun’s piercing shafts coerced:
the day-star’s eyes rain influence bright and colours glimmer back to sight.
Thee, Christ, alone we know; to thee we bend in pure simplicity;
our songs with tears to thee arise; rove thou our hearts with thy clear eyes.
Though we be stained with blots within, thy quickening rays shall purge our sin;
light of the morning star, thy grace shed on us from thy cloudless face.
All laud to God the Father be, all praise, eternal Son, to thee;
all glory, as is ever meet, to God the holy Paraclete.
( Aurelius C. Prudentius, 348-413 )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Six-Day War 1967
The Six-Day War was fought between the fifth and tenth of June, 1967, by Israel and the neighbouring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. The war began with Israel launching surprise strikes against Egyptian air-fields in response to the mobilisation of Egyptian forces on the Israeli border. A period of high tension had preceded the war.
Within six days, Israel had won a decisive land war. Israeli forces had taken control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria.
The success of the campaign must have surprised the Israelis. However, it also gave rise to a situation that was to prove a major problem for the Israeli government for decades. By capturing the Sinai, the Golan Heights and the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Israelis had captured for themselves areas of great strategic value. However, the West Bank also contained over six hundred thousand Arabs who now came under Israeli administration. Their plight led many young Arabs into joining the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), a group that the Israelis deemed a terrorist group. The status of these territories and the resulting refugee crisis continue to fuel the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Quote. Pope Francis, speaking in the city of Bethlehem, said, “All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a constant torment. The men and women of these lands, and of the entire world, all of them, ask us to bring before God their fervent hopes for peace.”
Scripture. In the "Gospel of Matthew," chapter five, verses forty-three to forty-five we read:
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”
... for peace in the world; in particular, today, for peace in the Middle East; for an end to war, bloodshed, and violence; for reconciliation between enemies.
... for the people of Sweden who celebrate their national day, today.
... for those affected by the explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on Sunday; for the dead, the injured, the missing and for those whose homes have been destroyed. DETAILS
... for missing pets and for the people looking for them.
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis:
An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God; that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him.
You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying, the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on, the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole threefold life of the three-personal being is actually going on in that ordinary little bedroom where an ordinary man is saying his prayers. The man is being caught up into the higher kinds of life (what I called "Zoe" or "spiritual life"); he is being pulled into God, by God, while still remaining himself.
Lord of all truth and peace, you raised up your bishop John to be servant of the servants of God and gave him wisdom to call for the work of renewing your Church: grant that, following his example, we may reach out to other Christians to clasp them with the love of your son and labour throughout the nations of the world to kindle a desire for justice and peace; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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