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We advise you to follow the 'Pray as you Go' website daily, for each day's short service.The service is reflective, quiet and aims to help you to become more aware of God’s presence in your life, listen to and reflect on God’s word and grow in your relationship with God. (link below). You need only click on the date and follow the service which you can pause at any time. There is the option, if you wish, to download specific parts of the short service, such as the reading, prayer or music. Having used this site regularly I enjoy just following the service. Try it. https://pray-as-you-go.org
BIBLE READINGS ON TUESDAY 20th APRIL
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. (1 Chronicles 28:20)
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. (Isaiah 65:24)
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)
BIBLE READINGS ON SUNDAY 18th APRIL (THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER)
First Reading Acts 3:12-19
When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, "You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. "And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out.
Gospel Reading Luke 24:36-48
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
"Touch me and see for yourselves."
TODAY’S GOSPEL REFLECTION
I come to my place of prayer. Maybe I light a candle, a sign of the risen Christ dispelling doubt and fear. I relax and breathe gently, aware of the breath of new life at Easter. When I am ready, I read the text slowly, a couple of times.
I imagine the disciples gathered together, fearful, not daring to believe the reports that Jesus is risen. Perhaps I am one of them? How do I feel? When the Lord invites the disciples – and me – to touch him, how do I respond?
Am I silent? Am I fearful ... or full of joy? Do I speak to Jesus? When Jesus starts explaining the scriptures, I listen.
What touches me? I hear his call to me to be his witness. I ponder: How can I do this? I speak to the Lord from my heart, maybe asking for the grace to respond. I bring my prayer to a close.