Additional Resources Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration 2013
Gospel Luke 24: 13-16, 28-31
“That very same day, two of the disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him.”
“When they drew near to the village to which they were going, Jesus made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight.”
Hymn: Molaigí an Tiarna, alleluia (Kevin Healy O.S.B)
Reflection: You say, God says
You say: “I can’t manage.”
God says: I will supply all your needs. (Phil 4:19)
You say: “I can’t do it.”
God says: You can do all things in me. (Phil 4:13)
You say: “It’s impossible.”
God says: All things are possible with me. (Luke 18:27)
You say: “Nobody really loves me.”
God says: I love you. (John 3:16; John 13:34)
You say: “I can’t forgive myself.”
God says: I forgive you. (I John 1:9)
You say: “I feel worthless.”
God says: You are my work of art. (Eph. 2:10)
You say: “I can’t figure things out.”
God says: I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: “I’m too tired.”
God says: I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28-20)
You say: “I can’t go on.”
God says: My grace is sufficient for you. (II Cor.12: 9)
You say, “I’m not able.”
God says: I am able (2 Cor 9:8)
You say: “I’m afraid.”
God says: I did not give you a spirit of fear. (II Tim. 1:7)
You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated.”
God says: Cast all your anxieties on me. (I Peter 5:7)
You say: “I feel all alone.”
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you. (Heb. 13:5)
When peace is fragile Stay with us, Lord
When tempers are raised Stay with us, Lord
When tragedies occur Stay with us, Lord
When forgiveness is rejected Stay with us, Lord
When talks break down Stay with us, Lord
When agreements are broken Stay with us, Lord
When darkness weighs us Stay with us, Lord
When we cannot see you Stay with us, Lord
When burdens feel too heavy Stay with us, Lord
When hope seems faint Stay with us, Lord
When we are weak Stay with us, Lord
When faith seems difficult Stay with us, Lord
Our Father – Glory be
Hymn The Lord is my shepherd (Thomas Egan)
Reading Matthew 28:16-20
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
Hymn Lumen Christi (Paul Decha)
Reflection- based on a prayer by Br Roger of Taizé
Saviour of every life,
You take our burdens upon yourself
You suffer with all who bear the cross of suffering
In whatever form it takes
So that, with you,
we can move forward:
From worry and anxiety to trust
From darkness to light.
With you accompanying us,
Even what pains our heart,
Even our own darkness
Can be made bright
By the inner light of the Holy Spirit.
You stretched out your arms on the cross
And reconciled us to one another and to the Father
You brought God and humanity together in your body
Wrap your arms around our broken lives
And restore us to the harmony that exists in you.
We say together, “We give you thanks and praise,” We give you thanks and praise
For the nourishment you give us We give you thanks and praise
For the strength you offer us We give you thanks and praise
For the goodness you show us We give you thanks and praise
For your presence in times of crisis We give you thanks and praise
For the generosity of your love We give you thanks and praise
For the gift of your forgiveness We give you thanks and praise
For the gift of your Spirit within us We give you thanks and praise
For the gift of your Spirit among us We give you thanks and praise
For the gift of hope and joy We give you thanks and praise
Our Father – Glory Be
Hymn All the earth proclaim the Lord (Lucien Deiss)
Reading Col 3:12-15
You are God’s chosen people, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.
Hymn Like the deer (Joseph Walshe)
We say together, “We give you thanks and praise.” We give you thanks and praise
For your working in our lives We give you thanks and praise
For all who serve us We give you thanks and praise
For all who support us We give you thanks and praise
For all who nourish us We give you thanks and praise
For all who encourage us We give you thanks and praise
For all who inspire us We give you thanks and praise
For all who are the body of Christ to us We give you thanks and praise
Our Father – Glory Be
Reading 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Hymn Bless the Lord my soul (Taizé)
Reflection Becoming the Living Christ (Henri Nouwen)
Whenever we come together around the table, take bread, bless it, break it and give it to one another, saying: ‘The Body of Christ’, we know that Jesus is among us. He is among us not as a vague memory of a person who lived long ago but as a real, life-giving presence that transforms us. By eating the Body of Christ, we become the living Christ and we are enabled to discover our own chosen-ness and blessedness, acknowledge our brokenness, and trust that all we live, we live for others. Thus we, like Jesus himself, become food for the world.
We say together, “We thank you Lord.” We thank you Lord
For the gift of the Eucharist We thank you Lord
For the gift of community We thank you Lord
For the gift of our brothers and sisters We thank you Lord
For your presence in our midst We thank you Lord
For your Spirit who inspires us We thank you Lord
For your Spirit who draws us together We thank you Lord
For your Spirit who makes us your Body We thank you Lord
Our Father – Glory Be
Reading Ephesians 3:14-21
This is what I pray, kneeling before the Father, from whom every family, whether spiritual or natural, takes its name:
Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, you are filled with the utter fullness of God.
Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Let nothing disturb thee (St. Teresa of Avila)
Let nothing disturb thee
Let nothing dismay thee;
All things pass;
God never changes.
All that it strives for.
Those who have God
Find they lack nothing:
God alone suffices. (Teresa of Avila)
Reading 1 Corinthians 13
If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.
In short, there are three things that endure in this life and the next: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.
Reflection The Food of Truth (Pope Benedict XVI)
‘The Lord Jesus, the bread of eternal life, spurs us to be mindful of the situations of extreme poverty in which a great part of humanity still lives: these are situations for which human beings bear a clear and disquieting responsibility. The food of truth demands that we denounce inhumane situations in which people starve to death because of injustice and exploitation, and it gives us renewed strength and courage to work tirelessly in the service of the civilisation of love.’
Reading Galatians 5:22-23
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. There is no law against such things.”
Reflection Christ has no body now but yours (St. Teresa of Avila)
Christ has no body now but yours;
no hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks with
compassion on the world;
yours are the feet with which he walks to do good;
yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
Reflection If you wish to believe, love (Martin Buber)
You think I am far away from you; but in your love for your neighbour you will find me – not in his love for you but in your for him… “You yourself must begin. Existence will remain meaningless for you if you yourself do not penetrate into it with active love and if you do not in this way discover its meaning for yourself. Everything is waiting to be hallowed by you; it is waiting for this meaning to be disclosed and to be realized by you… Meet the word with the fullness of your being and you shall meet God. If you wish to believe, love!”
Reflection: My Child
The Lord has said:
You may not know me, but I know everything about you…(Psalm 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up…(Psalm 139:2)
I am familiar with all your ways…(Psalm 139:3)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…(Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image…(Genesis 1:27)
In me you live and move and have your being… (Acts 17:28)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope… (Jeremiah 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love… (Jeremiah 31:3)
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine… (Ephesians 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager… (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
I am the Father who comforts you in all your troubles… (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you… (Psalm 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart… (Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes… (Revelation 21:3-4)
And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth… (Revelation 21:3-4)
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus… (John 17:23)
Reflection – based on a prayer by Br Roger of Taizé
Jesus our hope,
Peace of our hearts
In you we find the consolation
With which God wants to pour into our lives.
And we understand that
We can bring everything to you
Entrust everything to you
Even the things of which we are ashamed
Even the things of which we are afraid.
We entrust to you those we love and hold dear
And also those we find difficult to love
Those we find difficult to forgive.
Help us to live each day as a day that belongs to you,
And to rejoice at what you accomplish in our souls
Like Mary we can bring you into the world
In this way we can be channels of your peace
Living vessels of your presence
Help us to live by the words you speak to us
“My peace I leave you
Let not your heart
Be troubled anymore.”
Reflection: Be at Peace (St. Francis de Sales)
“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear.
Rather, look to them with full confidence, that, as they arise, God to whom you belong, will in his love enable you to profit by them.
He has guided and guarded you thus far in life.
Do you but hold fast to his dear hand,
and he will lead you safely through all trials.
Whenever you cannot stand, He will carry you lovingly in his arms.
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.
The same Eternal Father who cares for you today
will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life.
Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts,
all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations.