MONDAY THE FIFTH OF JUNE, 2017
Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples of the earth becomes as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. Amen.
( Pope John XXIII )
PSALM EIGHTY-NINE ( abridged )
Truly the Lord is our shield.
My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord:
with my mouth will I proclaim your faithfulness
throughout all generations.
I will declare that your love is established for ever;
you have set your faithfulness as firm as the heavens.
The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
for who among the clouds can be compared to the Lord?
Who is like the Lord among the host of heaven?
Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours;
you established the world and all that fills it.
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before your face.
Happy are the people who know the shout of triumph:
they walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
In your name they rejoice all the day long
and are exalted in your righteousness.
For you are the glory of their strength,
and in your favour you lift up our heads.
Truly the Lord is our shield,
the Holy One of Israel is our king.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Truly the Lord is our shield.
As we sing of your love, O Lord,
anoint us with the Spirit's seal,
that we may praise your faithfulness
and proclaim your truth from age to age;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
When the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church gathered in conclave in October 1958, they had a hard time deciding who should follow the long rule of Pope Pius XII. After ten inconclusive ballots, they turned to Angelo Roncalli, a seventy-seven year old Venetian archbishop, to be a “stop-gap” pope. He was elected on the eleventh ballot.
He brought an easy style, humour and openness to the papacy. He was most often called “Good Pope John” by the people of his church, who appreciated his down to earth style.
He shocked the world and the Church by calling together the Second Vatican Council, with the goal of “opening the windows of the church” to let in fresh air.
He died after the opening session of the council, on the third of June, 1963. He was recently canonised by Pope Francis on the twenty-seventh of April, 2014.
Less well known about Good Pope John was that prior to the Second World War, he had worked in the Vatican diplomatic corp. On the thirtieth ofNovember, 1934, he was appointed Apostolic Delegate to Turkey and Greece. Roncalli took up this post in 1935 and used his office to help the Jewish underground in saving thousands of refugees in Europe, often procuring for them false “baptismal certificates.” He had a love for the Jewish people which helped set the tone for the Roman Catholic stance toward Judaism after Vatican II.
He once said: “We are conscious today that many, many centuries of blindness have cloaked our eyes so that we can no longer see the beauty of your chosen people nor recognise in their faces the features of our privileged brethren. We realise that the mark of Cain stands upon our foreheads. Across the centuries our brother Abel has lain in blood which we drew, or shed tears we caused by forgetting your love. Forgive us for the curse we falsely attached to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying you a second time in their flesh. For we know not what we did.”
Scripture. In the thirteenth chapter of John’s gospel verses fourteen to seventeen, we read:
"If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them."
... for peace in the world.
... for leaders in the church who understand their role as servants.
... for an end to anti-Semitism.
... for the environment. DETAILS
... for the people of Denmark who celebrate the adoption of the Constitution of 1849 today.
... for Chrissy Archibald and all who were killed or injured in the recent terrorist attack on London Bridge and in Borough Market, London. DETAILS
... for those who have died 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, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From "Pacem in Terris" by Pope John XXIII:
Man has the right to live. He has the right to bodily integrity and to the means necessary for the proper development of life, particularly food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the necessary social services. In consequence, he has the right to be looked after in the event of ill health; disability stemming from his work; widowhood; old age; enforced unemployment; or whenever through no fault of his own he is deprived of the means of livelihood.
Moreover, man has a natural right to be respected. He has a right to his good name. He has a right to freedom in investigating the truth, and—within the limits of the moral order and the common good—to freedom of speech and publication, and to freedom to pursue whatever profession he may choose. He has the right, also, to be accurately informed about public events.
He has the natural right to share in the benefits of culture, and hence to receive a good general education, and a technical or professional training consistent with the degree of educational development in his own country. Furthermore, a system must be devised for affording gifted members of society the opportunity of engaging in more advanced studies, with a view to their occupying, as far as possible, positions of responsibility in society in keeping with their natural talent and acquired skill.
Also among man's rights is that of being able to worship God in accordance with the right dictates of his own conscience, and to profess his religion both in private and in public. According to the clear teaching of Lactantius, "this is the very condition of our birth, that we render to the God who made us that just homage which is his due; that we acknowledge him alone as God, and follow him. It is from this ligature of piety, which binds us and joins us to God, that religion derives its name."
Hence, too, Pope Leo XIII declared that "true freedom, freedom worthy of the sons of God, is that freedom which most truly safeguards the dignity of the human person. It is stronger than any violence or injustice. Such is the freedom which has always been desired by the Church, and which she holds most dear. It is the sort of freedom which the Apostles resolutely claimed for themselves. The apologists defended it in their writings; thousands of martyrs consecrated it with their blood."
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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