Reading and Reflection – Thursday 2 April


Thessalonians 5: 12-15
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

This passage tells us to respect, love and help those among us. During times like these, this is a very relevant and important message. Although the people surrounding us may be few, it’s very important we look out for our loved ones during this worrying and stressful time. The pandemic our world is going through is tough, many lives have been lost, but it’s a time to stick together as the world needs community now more than ever. We must also acknowledge and thank those essential workers, as they are risking their health for others' needs. We must look out for our friends and family and ask how they’re doing. We must do what we can to help around our homes. We must follow the self-isolation and social distancing rules which have been set by our government to protect us, and we must encourage our peers to follow suit. In the passage we are told, “make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong”, this is a key part of the message, as now is a time where people will break the rules and put others in danger. But this does not mean it’s ok to do so, as we need to strive to do what is right and good for everyone so we can overcome this problem as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We pray for all who are currently infected with the coronavirus, and we wish them a speedy recovery. We pray for all those who are struggling during this time, whether it be directly due to the pandemic or not. We pray that everyone abides by the rules set, so life can go back to normality. Amen.
Vincent Van Lierop - Prefect

Message from the Special Character Committee
Over the next few weeks we will be sending out daily prayers, two readings per week, and two Bible quotes per week. We ask that you take time to read the reading and Bible quotes and really understand what they mean. We encourage you to take time to pray and spend time with God in this time of need with the readings, daily prayers and bible quote.

Bible quote: Philippians 4: 6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.

Evening Prayer
Guardian Angel prayer - Angel of God my guardian dear to whom God's love commits me here ever this day be at my side to light and guard to rule and guide. Amen.

Thursday prayer
God of comfort, due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we pray for all of the doctors, nurses, caregivers and scientists who are putting their own lives at risk to save others. May they find strength in you so they are able to continue doing their great deeds. That you may reward them for working under your name. For all the world leaders and those in health industries, bless them with the gift of wisdom and guide them to make the right decisions. Amen.

Friday prayer
Loving God, help us to remember to live the way Jesus taught his disciples to live. May we follow the Ten Commandments and use these as inspiration in our day to day lives. That when we get lost we may find refuge and the right path in you. The Fifth Commandment “Honour thy father and thy mother”, remind us to follow this through this time of hardship in isolation and in constant presence with our parents. We pray for those whose parents are ill, that they may trust in you to heal their illness. For those parents and loved ones who have gone before us, that you give them eternal life in Your kingdom. Amen.

Saturday prayer
Father in heaven, we ask you to look over all our brothers and sisters through this time of difficulty especially those in Italy, Spain, USA and China who are worst affected by coronavirus. Whether sick with the virus or not that they may find safety, comfort, and hope in you. May those who have recovered from the virus have no long term health issues and that our fellow brothers and sisters who have died due to the virus deliver them from evil and bid them eternal rest. Amen.

Sunday prayer
United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick from the coronavirus. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace. We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good. Amen.