3rd Oct 2015 rejoice instead that your names are written in heaven

I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.

Baruch 4:5 – 29 “Take courage, my people, memorial of Israel! You were sold to the nations, but not for extermination. You provoked God; and so were delivered to your enemies, since you had angered your Creator by offering sacrifices to demons, and not to God. You had forgotten the eternal God who reared you. You had also grieved Jerusalem who nursed you, for when she saw God’s anger falling on you, she said: Listen, you neighbours of Zion: God has sent me great sorrow. I have seen my sons and daughters taken into captivity, which the Eternal brought down on them. I had reared them joyfully; in tears, in sorrow, I watched them go away. Do not, any of you, exult over me, a widow, deserted by so many; I am bereaved because of the sins of my children, who turned away from the Law of God, who did not want to know his precepts and would not follow the ways of his commandments or tread the paths of discipline as his justice directed. Come here, neighbours of Zion! Remember my sons’ and daughters’ captivity, which the Eternal brought down on them. How he brought a distant nation down on them, a ruthless nation speaking a foreign language, they showed neither respect for the aged, nor pity for the child; they carried off the widow’s cherished sons, they left her quite alone, bereft of her daughters. For my part, how could I help you? He who brought those disasters down on you, is the one to deliver you from your enemies’ clutches. Go, my children, go your way! I must stay bereft and lonely; I have taken off the clothes of peace and put on the sackcloth of entreaty; all my life I shall cry to the Eternal. Take courage, my children, call on God: he will deliver you from tyranny, from the clutches of your enemies; for I look to the Eternal for your rescue, and joy has come to me from the Holy One at the mercy soon to reach you from your Saviour, the Eternal. In sorrow and tears I watched you go away, but God will give you back to me in joy and gladness for ever. As the neighbours of Zion have now witnessed your captivity, so will they soon see your rescue by God, which will come upon you with great glory and splendour of the Eternal. My children, patiently bear the anger brought on you by God. Your enemy has persecuted you, but soon you will witness his destruction and set your foot on his neck. My favourite children have travelled by rough roads, carried off like a flock by a marauding enemy. Take courage, my children, call on God: he who brought this on you will remember you. As by your will you first strayed from God, so now turn back and search for him ten times harder; for as he has been bringing down those disasters on you, so will he rescue you and give you eternal joy.”

Dear beloved Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, You always remember Your people, and even in the times we stray from You, You call us to return to You, and You rescue us from our sins and from evil, time and time again.

Psalm 68(69):32 – 36 “The humble have seen and are glad. Let your courage revive, you who seek God. For God listens to the poor, he has never scorned his captive people. Let heaven and earth and seas, and all that stirs in them, acclaim him! For God will save Zion, and rebuild the cities of Judah, and people will live there on their own land; the descendants of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.”

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, O blessed Trinity and Perfect Unity, Lord God of Hosts, thank You for always loving Your people, and keeping in mind Your promises from of old, what You promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Lord, You always love us, and care for us for we are Your people and children, the flock led by Your hand. Lord, You love us and care for us always and everywhere, and  the depths of Your love are seen in the great love and mercy of the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 11:25 “At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.”

O Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, thank You for choosing those whom the world regards as little and revealing the power of Your grace, Your wisdom and Your might. For there is no other Name that can save other than the Name of Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:17 – 24 “The seventy-two came back rejoicing. ‘Lord,’ they said, ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Look, I have given you power to tread down serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice instead that your names are written in heaven.’ Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.’”

Thank You, dear Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, for the redemption You wrought for us, for the grace You give to us.

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, please continue to bless Your Church spread throughout the world. May we be united with You and Your Saints and Angels in heaven, and lead us, O Lord, to greater unity together with Pope Francis and all our Bishops, Priests and Deacons, and the Religious and all the Laity. Lord, please gather all Christians into One as You desire us to be one flock under You our one Shepherd. Lord, please bless us with more holy vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious life. Bless the Synod on family life, and also the work of Evangelisation, New Evangelisation and Ecumenism, and that in all things You, O Lord, may be glorified.

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, please bless all the peoples of every nation and all their rulers, that they may work together with the Church to build up Your kingdom on earth, where all humanity can dwell in unity together in peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, please also bring all the souls in purgatory into heaven, that they may enter into Your rest and praise You together with the company of Your Saints and the hosts of Your holy Angels.

Dear Mother Mary, all the Saints and holy Angels of God, please pray for us. Amen.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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