Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Ula Michlowicz on knowing Christ's love
Monday 7th April 2014On day two of Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor, watch Ula Michlowicz, a Catholic Sister and member of the Chemin Neuf community based at Lambeth Palace, reflecting on today's prayer (Psalm 46:1-5, 10-11) and Bible reading (1 John 3:16-22)
Read today's psalm and reading below:
Psalm 46:1-5, 10-11 (Common Worship Psalter)
1 God is our refuge and strength, •
a very present help in trouble;
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, •
and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;
3 Though the waters rage and swell, •
and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, •
the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her;
therefore shall she not be removed; •
10 God shall help her at the break of day.
'Be still, and know that I am God; •
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.'
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; •
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
1 John 3:16-22 (NRSV)
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
Grail Psalter Psalms are taken from The Psalms: A New Translation © 1963 The Grail (England) published by HarperCollins.
Readings from the New Jerusalem Bible are taken from The New Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd and Les Editions du Cerf, and used by permission of the publishers.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000) (including the Psalter as published with Common Worship), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000
NRSV readings are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches in the USA. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.