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.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!
‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’
“… you will with all the saints have strength to grasp…. you are filled with the utter fullness of God”
At the end of January this year, a group of volunteers in my parish at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) came together to prepare for a retreat that was to be held in September. The group consisted of musicians and singers.
When we started, most of us were strangers to each other. Over the course of the 7 months it took to prepare for this retreat, we prayed together, prayed for each other, worshipped together, ate together and spent time together. We have grown together, both in faith, in closeness and even in weight!
After this period of spending time together weekly, we have grown into a community, bound together in faith and in love. I have never felt more supported or loved. Even though the retreat has since ended, we continue to grow as a community and are working together to support the praise and worship in OLPS.
In today’s First reading, the apostle Paul talks about “all the saints”.
These saints do not justrefer to a special group of people who are somehow more spiritual, or closer to God than the rest of the people and whose souls are perfected in heaven (known as the Church Triumphant). Instead, the group of saints that Paul refers to also includes all of us who are still on earth “fighting the good fight” (the Church Militant) and finally, those who have gone before us and whose souls are in purgatory (the Church Penitant).
I never understood the significance of such a community until my close involvement with the community at OLPS. Even with such a small faith community, there was so much prayer, love and support. Imagine what would happen with the whole community when the whole faith community in heaven, on earth and in purgatory were to pray with each of us!
Let us remember that we are never alone in our journey of faith. Instead, we continue to grow with and support each other!
(Today’s OXYGEN by Paul Wee)
Prayer: Father, we pray that we may be aware of the whole communion of saints who are journeying with us always. Help us Father, to continue to pray for each other.
Thanksgiving: Thank You Father, for blessing us with each other. We are grateful for Your everlasting love and mercy!