Neuvaine des 2 et 3 février 2016

Marie Rivier, femme de compassion

Vierge Marie, guéris-nous.
Tenons-nous fortement attachées à Jésus Christ.

 (Marie Rivier)

 

Un trésor cache toujours une part de mystère. Il est à découvrir. Il ne se fait connaître qu’aux chercheurs tenaces, ouverts à l’imprévisible et à l’invisible. Telle fut Marie Rivier dès sa petite enfance et durant toute sa vie. Rien ne l’arrête dans sa recherche de Dieu… Malgré les obstacles, elle avance, étonnante de foi, car ses yeux ont vu. (Mère Angèle Dion, Mystère de Compassion)

 

Psaume PTP, p. 64 (65), PTP, p. 775

Parole de Dieu : Colossiens 1, 22-29

 

Dieu vous a réconciliés avec lui, dans le corps du Christ, son corps de chair, par sa mort, afin de vous introduire en sa présence, saints, immaculés, irréprochables. Cela se réalise si vous restez solidement fondés dans la foi, sans vous détourner de l’espérance que vous avez reçue en écoutant l’Évangile proclamé à toute créature sous le ciel. De cet Évangile, moi, Paul, je suis devenu ministre. Maintenant je trouve la joie dans les souffrances que je supporte pour vous ; ce qui reste à souffrir des épreuves du Christ dans ma propre chair, je l’accomplis pour son corps qui est l’Église. De cette Église, je suis devenu ministre, et la mission que Dieu m’a confiée, c’est de mener à bien pour vous l’annonce de sa parole, le mystère qui était caché depuis toujours à toutes les générations, mais qui maintenant a été manifesté à ceux qu’il a sanctifiés. Car Dieu a bien voulu leur faire connaître en quoi consiste la gloire sans prix de ce mystère parmi toutes les nations : le Christ est parmi vous, lui, l’espérance de la gloire ! Ce Christ, nous l’annonçons : nous avertissons tout homme, nous instruisons chacun en toute sagesse, afin de l’amener à sa perfection dans le Christ. C’est pour cela que je m’épuise à combattre, avec la force du Christ dont la puissance agit en moi.

A l’école de Notre Dame de Pitié, Marinette voit et comprend  peu à peu par le dedans qu’il s’agit là d’une folle histoire d’amour : celle du Fils bien-aimé mort d’amour pour nous. Comme Notre Dame au cœur transpercé, elle portera  toute sa vie la blessure de cette vision, comme un stigmate d’amour l’invitant à être pour Jésus une humanité de surcroît où il puisse en toute liberté laisser transparaître son immense compassion… Laissons-nous entraîner jusqu’au pied de la croix, jusqu’au cœur transpercé d’amour. C’est là dans ce long regard échangé, que Notre Dame de Pitié apprit peu à peu à la petite de Montpezat tout le sérieux de l’amour de Jésus pour l’humanité.  Il nous a aimés et s’est livré pour nous. Elle avancera courageusement ne laissant paraître que sa joie d’appartenir à Dieu. A cette école de la Croix et du Cœur, Marie Rivier éprouve de plus en plus les sentiments de Jésus et de sa Mère. Son cœur ne sait plus qu’aimer, aimer tendrement, intensément, jusqu’au bout. Comme Moïse, elle se fait intercession pour le monde. Avec Marie, sa compassion s’ouvre à toutes les détresses.

Pour Marie Rivier, l’amour de Dieu et l’amour du prochain ne font qu’un. Sa présence aux autres est celle de Jésus Christ et toute sa vie est unifiée dans la seule recherche de Dieu et de sa gloire.

Prenons le temps de regarder Jésus dans les bras de Marie, lui qui a porté nos maladies et s’est chargé de nos douleurs. Par ses blessures, nous sommes guéris.

Ce regard du cœur doit nous amener à prendre au sérieux la parole du Christ, lui dont la compassion pour ceux qui souffrent va si loin qu’il s’identifie à eux : J’étais malade et vous m’avez visité…

Chaque jour, au rendez-vous de l’Eucharistie, le Seigneur se met à notre disposition  pour nous ouvrir progressivement  au profond mystère de son insondable compassion. Il se fait effectivement notre salut dans l’aujourd’hui de notre existence personnelle et Il nous apprend à nous perdre pour le salut du monde. (Mère Angèle Dion, extrait de la circulaire Mystère de Compassion, 2002)

L'Apôtre Thomas et les disciples d'Emmaüs sont les témoins de la Résurrection avec lesquels Marie Rivier semble avoir le plus d'affinité. En méditant sur le repas d'Emmaüs, elle est en quelque sorte confirmée dans son charisme d'amour et d'accueil des pauvres. L'évangéliste Luc écrit que Cléopas et son compagnon reconnaissent Jésus quand il rompt le pain.

Marie Rivier reçoit avec foi ce message. Le Christ ressuscité se rencontre dans le partage du pain avec le pauvre. Nous sommes là au cœur de la Bonne Nouvelle du Christ en gloire. Il nous faut l'écouter à nouveau : « Ce que vous avez fait à l'un de ces plus petits, qui sont mes frères, c'est à moi que vous l'avez fait » (Mt 25).

Cette foi au Christ Ressuscité qui fait chemin avec les pauvres, les petits et les orphelins charpente le charisme de Marie Rivier.

Dans le sacrement du frère, c'est la rencontre du Ressuscité qui la fait exulter :

Oh! que notre vocation est belle! Elle a ses épreuves, je le sais, mais ne perdons jamais confiance. Dieu nous a marquées dès notre origine du signe que son divin Fils a donné comme preuve de sa divinité : nous avons évangélisé les pauvres! (Daniel Coffigny, Prier 15 jours avec, p.68).

 

Prière de louanges

Seigneur Jésus,
Marie Rivier t'a longuement contemplé  dans les bras de Marie, ta Mère. C'est là que son coeur s'est ouvert à ton mystère de compassion.
Nous te rendons grâces!

Seigneur Jésus,
un amour passionné brûlait le coeur de Marie Rivier. Pour toi, elle a tout quitté, ne cherchant pas d'autre bonheur que celui de procurer ta gloire et d’aimer comme tu aimes.
Nous te rendons grâces !

Seigneur Jésus,
tu as révélé à Marie Rivier ton visage de tendresse et de miséricorde et tu l’as guidée dans le service des pauvres et des petits. Tu as fortifié en son cœur la passion de la miséricorde.
Nous te rendons grâces !

Seigneur Jésus,
par ton Esprit-Saint, tu éveilles en nos cœurs le désir renouvelé de marcher joyeusement à ta suite dans la fidélité à l’Evangile et tu nous as donné le désir de témoigner que tu nous suffis.
Nous te rendons grâces!

Seigneur Jésus,
en ce jour de la fête de notre Fondatrice, nous te rendons grâce.


Tu as rempli son cœur des sentiments de bienveillance, de tendresse et de compassion et elle nous a donné la mission de nous associer à ta mission rédemptrice et de livrer notre vie avec la tienne pour le salut du monde.
Nous te rendons gr
âces!

 

Prions

Dieu notre Père, pour ta gloire et le salut du monde, tu as fait don à ton humble servante, la bienheureuse Marie Rivier, d’une foi vive au service de l’Eglise, d’un zèle ardent pour enseigner l’Evangile et d’un cœur compatissant face à toutes détresses. Nous t’en supplions : brûle nos cœurs d’un amour passionné pour Jésus Christ, Dieu, qui règne avec toi et le Saint-Esprit, maintenant et pour les siècles des siècles.

 

Je désire que la sainte Vierge vous donne un de ces charbons de feu qui vous embrase de l’Amour de Dieu.

Marie Rivier

Mary, Mother of Mercy

Offer your persons as living hosts holy and agreeable to God.

At the foot of the Cross, Mary, together with John, the disciple of love, witnessed the words of forgiveness spoken by Jesus. This supreme expression of mercy towards those who crucified him show us the point to which the mercy of God can reach. Mary attests that the mercy of the Son of God knows no bounds and extends to everyone, without exception. Let us address her in the words of the Salve Regina, a prayer ever ancient and ever new, so that she may never tire of turning her merciful eyes upon us, and make us worthy to contemplate the face of mercy, her Son Jesus. (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 24).

Psalm 44 (45)

Word of God: Hebrews 4, 14 – 16,  10, 5-10

Therefore, Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’”  First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law.  Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.  And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

The Virgin Mary is called to rejoice over what the Lord has accomplished in her.   The grace of God filled her, making her worthy to become the Mother of Christ.  When the angel Gabriel enters her house, the deepest mystery which goes beyond all reasoning, becomes for her a motive of joy, of faith and of total trust in the word revealed to her.  The fullness of grace is able to transform hearts and makes it able to accomplish such a great act that it changes the history of humanity….. God is not only the one who forgives sin, but in Mary, he goes so far as to forestall original fault, which everyone bears in their being from the moment they enter this world.  It is the love of God which precedes, anticipates and saves. (Pope Francis, Dec. 8th, 2015)  

Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has. At the same time, still in an exceptional way, she made possible with the sacrifice of her heart her own sharing in revealing God's mercy. This sacrifice is intimately linked with the cross of her Son, at the foot of which she was to stand on Calvary. Her sacrifice is a unique sharing in the revelation of mercy, that is, a sharing in the absolute fidelity of God to His own love, to the covenant that He willed from eternity and that He entered into in time with man, with the people, with humanity; it is a sharing in that revelation that was definitively fulfilled through the cross. No one has experienced, to the same degree as the Mother of the crucified One, the mystery of the cross, the overwhelming encounter of divine transcendent justice with love: that "kiss" given by mercy to justice. No one has received into his heart, as much as Mary did, that mystery, that truly divine dimension of the redemption effected on Calvary by means of the death of the Son, together with the sacrifice of her maternal heart, together with her definitive "fiat."

Mary, then, is the one who has the deepest knowledge of the mystery of God's mercy. She knows its price, she knows how great it is. . (John Paul II, Dives in Miséricordia, n°9)

By her yes, Mary opened the door to God to untie the knot of the ancient disobedience.  She leads us to God with patience and tenderness.  Woman of faith, she will surely tell us: « Go to the Lord; He will surely understand you.  She will then lead us by the hand toward the tenderness of the Father of mercy.

What happened to the Virgin Mary in a unique way, also happens to us on a spiritual level when we welcome the Word of God with a good and sincere heart and put it into practice.  It is as if God ‘became flesh in us’, He comes to live in us, because he inhabits those who love Him and observe His words.  It is not easy to understand this, but yes, it is easy to feel it in your heart.  

Mary was always with Jesus.  She carried his cross.  When the “hour” had come for Jesus, the hour of the Passion, Mary’s faith was the tiny flame in the night.  At the foot of the cross, Christ leads us to Mary, because he does not want us to walk without a mother.  Like a true mother, she walks with us, struggles with us, and unceasingly spreads the proximity of God’s love.  (Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy).

 No one has penetrated the profound mystery of the incarnation like Mary. Her entire life was patterned after the presence of mercy made flesh. The Mother of the Crucified and Risen One has entered the sanctuary of divine mercy because she participated intimately in the mystery of His love.  (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 24).

Intercessions:

Let us turn our eyes toward the God of Mercy who associated Mary in his divine plan for the salvation of the human race.

  1. Answer our prayer, Lord of glory.

Lord, on this day of the closing of the year of consecrated life, we pray:  give an abundance of Life to all persons who are consecrated to you for the service of the Church; grant that their total gift be for them a source of joy; may they be untiring in their ministry, generous in their sacrifice; and may their example allow others to open their heart to listen to your call to follow you.  R.

Lord, we pray for the Church who proclaims that God has saved us through his Word made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  Let us also pray for its pastors:  the Pope, the bishops, priests and deacons, so that the Lord may grant them his grace, his love and the strength to guide all His children. R.

Lord, we pray for the sick, the despairing, the victims of war and violence.  May God arouse around them men and women, witnesses of your merciful love. R.

Lord, we pray that our life, offered with that of Jesus presented at the Temple, be total adoration and adhesion to the will of the Father, merciful and offered for the salvation of humanity. R.

 

Let us pray:

Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, help us to be witnesses of the infinite tenderness of the Father, through unity, service, justice and love for all so that the Gospel might reach to the extremity of the world.  Mother of Compassion, source of generous offering, pray for us, Amen.

We are, everywhere and at all times, the presence of Jesus Christ,proclamation of the Gospel of mercy.  (D 46a).

Heart of Jesus, compassionate heart

The heart of Jesus is the heart of the Church!

 Marie Rivier

In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ.  (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 25).

Psalm: 117 (118)

Word of God: Matthew 11, 25-30

 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus’ heart is the core of his being; it is his virtues, his love for His Father and for all peoples; it is his humility, his gentleness, the feelings he experienced throughout his life and his Passion; feelings of the most ardent zeal for his Father, feelings of kindness, of tenderness, of compassion for us and of his deepest desire to make us happy to the point of sacrificing his life. The Heart of Jesus is the masterpiece of the Holy Spirit and the center of His rest.  The Heart of Jesus is the heart of the Church.  The Heart of Jesus is a heart of love, of fire, of a furnace of love for all mankind.

It is right and fitting that we look upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a royal and divine seal; that we set this seal on our own hearts so as to give witness to all his characteristics as well as to remind ourselves that we belong totally to Christ Jesus. “Set me like a seal on your heart … (Ct. 8:6)

If we have the joy of making a home for ourselves in this divine Heart, we will soon be afire with his love and with zeal for his glory.  We will be far from refusing him anything – he who has done everything for us; he who has suffered so much for us,; he who in his Sacred Heart offers us immense riches and all the treasures of his grace.

The Heart of God is open to us; let us enter fearlessly and find an ample space for ourselves. Plunge deeply into this ocean of love and charity; remain in his heart until you yourselves be aglow with this fire with which this Heart is burning for God and for mankind. (Marie Rivier, Spiritual Writings, on the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus p. 29ff)

Intercessions:

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, tabernacle of the Most High, dwelling of God and door of heaven. R.  Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, blazing furnace of charity, sanctuary of justice and love, R.

Heart of Jesus, full of love and kindness, abyss of all virtues, salvation of all who hope in you, R.

Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praises, king and center of all hearts, in which are found all the treasures of wisdom and science, R.

Heart of Jesus, patient and truly merciful, liberal toward all those who invoke you, source of life and holiness,  R.

Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death, pierced by the lance, our life and our resurrection,  R.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts alike to yours, R.

 

Let us pray:

O God, whose mercy has no boundaries and whose compassion is inexhaustible, look favorably on us and multiply in us works of mercy, so that, even in the midst of great trials, we may always trust in you.  Give us a compassionate heart so that we may witness to the great love you have for us.  We ask this of you.

 

God’s time, time for mercy.

Living Mercy  

To live each day the mercy that the Father has poured out on us from the beginning of time.

 In order to be capable of mercy, therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God’s mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle. (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 13).

Psalm 85 (86)

Word of God: Luke 7, 36-50

 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. (…) Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.  You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

 “Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 15).

God needs us to live mercy in us and so that we may become mercy.  

I will help you Lord, so that your presence will not be extinguished in me, but I cannot guarantee anything beforehand.  However, one thing seems to be ever clearer:  it is not you who can help us, but up to us to help you.  And in so doing, we are helping ourselves.  The only thing that counts: a little of yourself in us, Lord … It seems to me, ever more clearly, with each heartbeat that you cannot help us, but that it is up to us to help you and to defend, to the end, the dwelling where you shelter in us.  I will help you, my God, not to be extinguished in me, for that is the very thing which is important to save:  a little bit of you in us, Lord.

 I will follow you everywhere, my God.  Wherever I am, I will try to spread a bit of your love, the real love of neighbor that is in me.

 You who have enriched me so much, my God.  Wherever I am, allow me to give plentifully as well.  My life has been transformed in an uninterrupted dialogue with you, my God, a lengthy dialogue!   (P. Dreyer, Une voix bouleversée, Etty Ellison )

God gave me his infinite mercy, and it is through mercy that I contemplate and adore the other divine perfections.  So, all appear to me blazing with love; even Justice seems to be clothed in love!

The Father wants me to love because He has not only given me much, but everything!  He did not wait for me to love him, but He wanted me to know how He has loved me with an inexpressible foresight, so that now, I love him to death!  To believe in mercy, one must know oneself loved by God and reply to His love by a full measure of love.  The merciful love of the Lord desires to set souls aflame.  (Thérèse de Lisieux, excepts from manuscripts)

Let us ask the Lord:  Lord grant us to always be more united, and never to be instruments of division.  Grant that we commit ourselves, as St. Francis’ prayer says, to bring love where there is hatred, pardon where there is offense is, union where there is discord.   (Pope Françis)

Intercessions:

I was ill and you visited me; I was hungry and you gave me food, naked and you dressed me.

So that we may be witnesses to the compassion of Jesus and to his merciful love for all, let us pray to the Lord.

He carried the sick.  He took upon himself our wounds.  By his suffering, we were healed.

Jesus Christ came to heal and save those who were lost.  So that we may be attentive to the real needs of our world and open to all distress, let us pray to the Lord.

We must always pray, and never be weary of it.

Marie Rivier leaves the spirit of prayer in inheritance.  So that we may become fruitful prayer for our world, and that our whole life be service and praise to God, let us pray to the Lord.

Let us go elsewhere so that there also I may proclaim the Good News.

As long as there be a corner of the world where Jesus Christ is not known and loved, I could not rest!  So that we may always have in us the apostolic and missionary passion of our Foundress, let us pray to the Lord.

 

Let us pray:

God, our Father, you gave your mercy to the just and to the sinners.  Teach us to live your mercy; grant that we may know how to forgive, to serve and to love.  Help us to discover each day that your holiness is displayed in your mercy.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son…

Let us commit ourselves to be merciful with others as the Father is merciful towards us.

Pope Francis

God of tenderness and compassion

I am the door.  If someone enters through me, he will be saved. (Jn 10, 9)  

In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us.  From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly.  It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends. (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 25).

                                                                     

Psalm: 39 (40)

Word of God: John 10, 7-15

Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. (…) I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

“I am the Good Shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his live for the sheep.”  Pilate saw this shepherd, the Jews say him, led to the cross for his herd, as the choir of Prophets, who, long before the Passion, had clearly announced: “As the lamb is led to slaughter, he was sent to be butchered, as before the shearer, a mute lamb.”  He does not refuse death, he does not run from judgement, he does not reject those who crucify him.  He did not submit to the Passion, he wanted it for his sheep:  “I have the power to give my life, he said, and the power to take it back.”  He destroyed the passion by his Passion, death by his death; through his tomb, he opens tombs, he shakes Hell and broke down the barriers.  The tombs are sealed and the prison closed as long as the Shepherd does not descend into death to announce liberation to all his sheep that are asleep in it.  We see him in Hell:  he gives the order to leave it.  We see Him renew the call to Life.  “The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep”: this is how he seeks the love of his sheep.  Those who love Christ are those who can listen to his voice. (Saint Basil)

The one who comes in through the gate is the one who enters through Jesus-Christ, who imitates His Passion, who knows the humility of Jesus-Christ.  Who is the one who truly brings out the sheep if it is not the one who forgives their sins, so that they can follow him, freed from the heavy chains of their slavery?  And when he takes them out, he walks before them. (St. Augustin)

This extraordinary Holy Year is a gift of grace.  To enter through this Door means to discover the depth of the Father’s mercy who welcomes all and goes out to meet each one personally.  It will be a Year to grow in the conviction of His mercy

What harm is done to God and His grace when we first affirm that sins are punished by His judgement, without stating beforehand that they are forgiven by His mercy! (cf. Augustin, De praedestinatione sanctorum 12, 24)!  Yes, it is truly so.  Mercy must pass before judgement, in all cases, God’s judgement will always be made in the light of His mercy.  Crossing the Holy Door makes us realize that we participants in this mystery of love.  Let us abandon all forms of fear, because it does not become the one who is loved; let us rather live in the joy of encountering the grace that transforms everything. (Pope Francis).

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.  (Pope Francis, Misericordiae vultus, 2)

All the sheep must pass by Jesus Christ.  They will win a double advantage; they gain freedom and fullness of life.  Jesus presents himself as an endless source of life for all mankind.  Jesus is the Door.  Apart from him, no one can pretend to bring salvation to mankind.  Jesus presents himself as the new temple in which all peoples find freedom and life. (Alain Marchadour)  

Intercessions

  1. We beseech you, Lord and we bless you.

We give you thanks, O Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd!  You know each of your sheep and you call them by name.  Grant that we may always recognize the sound of your voice. R.

We give you thanks, O Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd!  You come so that we may have life:  rescue us from the seduction of the mercenary, guard us from the wolf that scatters, give us your own life in overabundance. R.

We give you thanks, O Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd!  You open the gate of the sheepfold.  May your tenderness accompany us always on the way. R.

We give you thanks, O Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd!  When we go astray, you bring us back; when we are wounded, you care for us, when we are sick, you heal us, and when we are well, you watch over us. R.

We give you thanks, O Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd!   At the cost of your life, you came to seek the lost sheep.  Each one of us is that lost sheep, and you are so filled with joy when you find it, that you bring it back to the fold on your own shoulders. R. 

 

Let us pray: 

We bless you and we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, on the day when you will gather all mankind in the fold of your love, the Father’s hose, where there will be only one flock and one Shepherd.  To you be all the Glory for ever and ever.

Do unto others the good you did not receive.

Pope Francis

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