Listen To God: Hear the Poor - join the week of prayer for Christian social action
Monday 7th April 2014Each day this week Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols invite you to join them in praying for the church's work serving the poor. Daily reflections will be posted here, along with prayers and Bible readings, so you can join the Archbishops in praying for Christian social action.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, introduces this special week of prayer for the social action of the church, and reflects on Psalm 72 and John 13:2b-5, 12-15.
Ula Michlowicz, a Catholic Sister and member of the Chemin Neuf community based at Lambeth Palace, speaks on the temptation to focus instantly on action to help others - and reflects on today's reading from John 3 which tells us that first we need to know Christ's love for us and develop our relationship with him, which will support, nourish and guide us through our work. Today's Psalm is 46:1-5, 10-11 and the reading is 1 John 3:16-22.
On the third day of Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols's week of prayer for the church's work serving the poor, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, speaks on why recognising our own need helps us give generously to others. Bishop Stephen is reflecting on today's prayers and readings, which are Psalm 112 and Hebrews 13:1-3.
On day four of Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols's week of prayer for Christian social action, Children Society chief executive the Revd Matthew Reed reflects on Jesus' words in Matthew 18 'Whoever welcomes a child welcomes me' - and what it means to truly welcome and listen to children. Matthew Reed is reflecting on today's prayers and readings, which are Psalm 34 and Matthew 18:1-5.
- These resources can also be found on the website of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster: http://rcdow.org.uk/news/listen-to-god-hear-the-poor/