I did have the blessing of praying morning prayer with both John and Pat one after the other this morning! Happy Feast day John as it is another great John today - St John Chrysostom! Reading the words of St Paul about our being many members of The Body of Christ, along with Psalm 100, which is a grand Hallel Psalm of total PRAISE for how loved and beloved we are!
Know that the Lord is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Reading the Gospel today with John really brought our shared battle against brain cancer 7 years ago to mind. My only son brought back to life, and finding Faith through brain cancer! He was surrounded by so many prayers and taught many how to pray and that Jesus does listen and answer our prayers!
It was so true of many being filled with amazement and "fear" of the reality of Jesus being alive and well and at work in this world! "God has visited his people." Luke 7 How we all were humbled and filled with the Truth that Jesus does still heal and answer our prayers and then use us to make a huge difference in this world. John has shared that all the LOVE he was given... he is now called to share in return! So true of each one of us - we are given so much unconditional love and Mercy by our God and we are called to return that to all those around us - most especially those closest to us that we are supposed to love the most yet we treat the worst! May we give today without counting the cost!
I hear a baby stirring in my bedroom, so I should end this today... Jesus, I adore you and thank for answering my prayers and those of so many when we face all the difficulties of life. May we return that love and mercy and forgiveness we have been given to those around us. We love you and need you and long to find a small slice of heaven here on earth in our domestic Church/family. If we can only put you first and foremost and think less of ourselves.... we can find more peace, patience, love , joy, kindness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control... The fruits of your Holy Spirit dwelling in our homes! That would be so wonderful and truly allow us to find a happy healthy home! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah