Text (Gospel Story) August 23, 2015
Many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”… Jesus said, “It is the Spirit that gives life…the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. ”Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy one of God.”
Sharing the Mission
In prayer, the emphasis must always be on the presence of the personal God, to whose word we must listen attentively, as He speaks to us the good news of His love for us and for others ... Is God’s word able to say “new things” to us? Are we still capable of wonder?
As a conference, do you allow sufficient time for prayer and reflection so that you are truly ‘living’ as a community of prayer?
In your prayers this week, include a prayer for the leaders of the Society who are entrusted with the leadership, governance and spiritual direction of the Society.
(Together) Jesus is ever present with God, and ever present with us, and so we pray, Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We ask for strength to continue as your faithful disciples,
And may we always let your word break into our consciousness and change us.