Morning Prayer, 7 Jan: John 1:6-13; Isaiah 49:6b; Galatians 4:4-5 ~ light for all

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening sentence

I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to save me from snares of devils, from temptation of vices, from everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near. (St Patrick’s Breastplate)

Morning readings

John 1:6-13 ESV:

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There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Isaiah 49:6b ESV:

“I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Galatians 4:4-5 ESV:

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

Reflections / Prayer:

Light for all

The light of Jesus is as universal as the light of creation. He did not come merely to some Gnostic elite, nor did he come to a single nation or culture. This light is the Word that became flesh in a given time and place. At the heart of Christianity is the so-called scandal of particularity. People of all cultures and times are to receive the light that shines in this first-century Jew—he who has been given authority over all people.

(The IVP New Testament Commentary Series)

Received by some

Why do some belive and others do not? …There is no doubt that God’s gracious sovereign initiative comes first, for he is the source of all life and it is only by his grace that any life occurs and abides at all. The right (or power) to become children of God must be given by God…. But unlike natural birth the one being born of God does play a part; this life is not forced on the believer but must be received. Those who are receptive to the Son are offered the gift of becoming children of God themselves.

John does not say “he made them children of God” but “he gave them power to become children of God” (cf. Chrysostom In John 10.2).

The tragedy is the mixed response he gets, for some “wilfully close the eyes of their mind” (Chrysostom In John 8.1).

Believing in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God, enables us to have “life in his name”… to become children of God – which means we begin to share his divine life, without ceasing to be creatures… and, we begin to reflect his character.

(The IVP New Testament Commentary Series)

Heavenly Father: You have placed all the tribes and nations in their positions here on earth… and You have sent Your Light to them in the person of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Your desire is that all should receive this gift of light and life… and so be counted as Your children… adopted into Your family.

I pray for leaders of tribes and nations –
+ that they might acknowledge You as their source of rulershipship and authority
+ that they might love their people more than they love themselves
+ that they might serve as shepherds rather than taskmasters
+ that they might provide for order, peace and shared prosperity in their lands
+ that they might realize that You know the thoughts and workings in all men’s hearts
+ that humility might fill their hearts and that they might learn to fear You
+ that they might rule with Your final judgement in mind

I pray for the families of these leaders –
+ that You might work Your wonders in their hearts at this practical dimension of their daily lives
+ that You might rightly order their family relationships and priorities
+ that You might work miracles in their households.

Heavenly Father: May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And may all nations be open to receive Your gift of life and light in Jesus Christ… in whose name we pray. Amen

Canticle

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield… overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Peanut Gallery: A brief word of explanation – the general format for Morning Prayer is adapted from the Northumbrian Community‘s Daily Office, as found in Celtic Daily Prayer (see online resources here.) The Sripture readings are primarily from the Gospel of John, with the intent to complete the reading by Easter. Other Scriptures which illuminate the Gospel of John will be included along the way.

Reflections from various saints will be included as their memorial days occur during the calendar year.

On Sundays, I’ll return to the USCCB readings (see online resources here) and various liturgical resources in order to reflect the Church’s worship and concerns throughout the world.

Photo illustrations and music videos, available online, are included as they illustrate or illuminate the readings. I will try to give credit and link to sources as best I can.



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