4th Oct 2015 What God has united human beings must not divide

Anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it

Genesis 2:18 – 24 “Yahweh God said, ‘It is not right that the man should be alone. I shall make him a helper.’ So from the soil Yahweh God fashioned all the wild animals and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild animals. But no helper suitable for the man was found for him. Then, Yahweh God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And, while he was asleep, he took one of his ribs and closed the flesh up again forthwith. Yahweh God fashioned the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. And the man said: This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh! She is to be called Woman, because she was taken from Man. This is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and they become one flesh.”

Dearest beloved Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, thank You for the gift of life. Thank You for creating humanity in Your image and likeness. Lord God of Hosts, Creator God, right at the start of Creation You formed humanity to live in unity, in community, and in communion, to be like You, Holy Trinity of Three Divine Persons yet One in Being. Lord God, You ordained that humanity should care for the earth, as You made the creatures of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts wild and tame, the plants and all that the universe contains and even the Angels to minister to the needs of Your servants in glorifying You with thanksgiving and love.

Psalm 127(128):1 – 6 “How blessed are all who fear Yahweh, who walk in his ways! Your own labours will yield you a living, happy and prosperous will you be. Your wife a fruitful vine in the inner places of your house. Your children round your table like shoots of an olive tree. Such are the blessings that fall on those who fear Yahweh. May Yahweh bless you from Zion! May you see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life, and live to see your children’s children! Peace to Israel!”

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, You bless all those who belong to You, those whom You have called and chosen, and the ones who respond to Your call to Faith and Love. Lord, You constantly bless Your people and Your children, and we thank You for Your great love which excels all that we can ever know of You, for You did not forsake humanity in its fallen state, but have always kept humanity in mind, and saving us time and time again from our own sins and the enemies of our salvation.

Hebrews 2:9 – 11 “but we do see Jesus, who was for a short while made less than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because he submitted to death; so that by God’s grace his experience of death should benefit all humanity. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should, in bringing many sons to glory, make perfect through suffering the leader of their salvation. For consecrator and consecrated are all of the same stock; that is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers”

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, You have saved us by the First Coming of You O Lord Jesus Christ, when You came to take upon our human nature to save us from sins, by teaching us and revealing to us the face of God, and by offering the one perfect sacrifice of Your death on the cross which cancels out all sins and saves all the children of Adam and Eve from sin and from death. And by Your Resurrection and Ascension, O Lord Jesus Christ, You fulfilled all that the Prophets and Patriarchs of old have hoped for, to fulfil God the Father’s promise of a place of rest and dwelling with God for all eternity.

John 17:17 “Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth.”

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, consecrate us in Your truth, for You Lord are the source of all Truth. Save us from the many lies and deceptions of the devil and the demons that have led many astray for generations. O Lord Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and Holy Spirit, send us Your help and protection. Send forth Your Angelic hosts and armies to protect humanity.

1 John 4:12 “No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us.”

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, You are the very source of Love, for Your very Being itself and Identity as the Lord God is one of the Most Blessed Trinity in Perfect Love. Lord, grant that Your people may always be united in Your love and Your truth.

Mark 10:2 – 16 “Some Pharisees approached him and asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were putting him to the test. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ They replied, ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female. This is why a man leaves his father and mother, and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’ People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples scolded them, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he embraced them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.”

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, grant us the grace of Unity, Love and Peace that comes from You, that the Church throughout the world may be united in Your Name and with You together with Your Saints and holy Angels in heaven. Lord, grant that we will always have good Pastors and Shepherds and Ministers of Your Word and Sacraments in our Bishops, Priests and Deacons, as well as Religious brothers and sisters and also leaders among the Lay people.

Lord, grant us more holy vocations to the Priesthood, the Diaconate, and the Religious Life. Lord, also bless all our families and all married couples in the Faith with Your Unity and Love. Lord ,bless all Your people throughout the world, and also all the leaders who are involved in the Synod of Family Life, that they will be guided by Your Holy Spirit.

Lord, grant Your protection to all our communities throughout the world  experiencing any form of persecution, that our brethren may be persevering in the Faith in the Hope of Your saving Love which extends beyond life and death, and brings us to Eternal life with You. Lord, protect them from harm and danger, and may there be a conversion of those who persecute them, that they may renounce their idolatrous and adulterous pagan ways and turn to You the One True God, and renounce their sins and accept Your grace of Salvation through the acceptance of Faith in You.

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, also bless the peoples of the Nations and their rulers and governments, that they may also work together with the Church in building Your kingdom through our efforts in education, healthcare, welfare aid to the needy and oppressed, as well as moral and ethical research to protect life and the environment that You gave us.

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, also assist the governments of world powers and also the weaker nations to cooperate to tackle the problems of war, violence, inequality, discrimination, terrorism, and deterioration of the environment. Lord, grant that these world leaders may heed Your voice in the Church to work together for peace and unity, to protect the dignity of all human beings and human life, and to ensure that no one gets left behind in the pursuit of happiness, love and the truth, for You, Lord, are the Source of all that is good and holy and true.

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba Father God, and Holy Spirit, grant eternal rest to the souls in purgatory that they may join Your Saints and holy Angels in praising You for all eternity and beholding You face to face which is the beatific vision that all creation is longing for.

Dear Mother Mary, all the Blessed Apostles and Saints and holy Angels of God, please pray for us to the Lord our God.

Abba Father, God almighty Father, we offer You the prayer that Your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.