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PENTECOST NOVENA – DAY EIGHT

The Family in Light of the Gospel

Hymn: Awake is the Call (Lyrics)

Awake is the call of the One who is wakefulness
Waken me, O God, into your wakefulness
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

1. Those who are thirsty, let them come to me
/Those who have faith in me drink abundantly/ 2x
There shall flow living water out from believing hearts
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

2. Those who are lonely, let them come to me
/Those who are without friends, come and be with me/ 2x
You shall find me at your side, leading you to life and love
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

3. You who are precious in the eyes of God
/You who are dearly loved by our God Most High/ 2x
He shall set you like a light in the kingdom of His Son
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

Opening Prayer

The Spirit of God is hovering over the universe, forming, creating, and giving life and energy.

You are the God of eternal wakefulness, and we are in your presence.

We are here with humility and reverence, aware of your infinite power and love.

We offer our prayers for all of humanity, the universal church,
our congregation, the provinces/regions, communities, each of us the members of our congregation, our lay collaborators and partners in mission, our families, and Mother Earth.

We ask you to fill our hearts with your life-giving breath to guide us. We are unworthy yet grateful for your boundless mercy.

May Your presence be with us always so that we may never be separated from You or humanity in need.

Please lead us towards the Father and the Son, and help us to serve and glorify the Holy Triune God. Amen.

Introduction from Scripture

 

 

“Bear with one another, and if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Col. 3:13)

Today’s families experience both joys and challenges, reflecting the complexities of modern life. A strong pastoral approach is necessary to address these diverse challenges. It’s crucial to delve into the profound mystery of marriage and family life from a biblical perspective.

The Bible “is full of families, births, love stories and family crises” (Amoris Laetitia, no. 8). This impels us to meditate on how the family is not an abstract ideal but rather like a practical “trade” (AL, no. 16), which is carried out with tenderness (AL, no.28), but which has also been confronted with sin from the beginning when the relationship of love turned into domination (AL, no. 19). 

Hence, the Word of God “is not a series of abstract ideas but rather a source of comfort and companionship for every family that experiences difficulties or suffering. For it shows them the goal of their journey” (AL, no. 22).

Moment of Silent Prayer

Contemplate with love and compassion the difficult reality of families in today’s society and pray in silence for God’s blessing on your family and all families worldwide.

Reflection

  • How does the Word of God bring nourishment and solace to the pain and brokenness of the families? (pause)
  • How do I become the channel of God’s grace to families and the people who are lost and lonely? (pause)

Moment of Sharing

What does the Holy Spirit urge us to do to embody the Word of God actively within our families and those nearby?

 

Closing Prayer

God, Holy Spirit, sustainer of the universe,
You are the God of assurance and strength.
The Good News we listened to has created
ripples of Your grace in our souls.

We believe You bring new life and transform us
into people who listen, observe, care,
and move toward those in need, the deprived, and the lonely.

May the Father’s ever-watchful and unsleeping eyes,
Jesus’s burning heart, and Your presence, O Holy Spirit, remain with us.
We give thanks, praise, glory, and honor to You, O Holy Triune God,
for Your unconditional acceptance of us, Your children. Amen.