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Listen to God: Hear the Poor | Bishop Stephen Cottrell on 'entertaining angels'

Tuesday 8th April 2014

On day three 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, which you can read here: 

Tuesday 8th April 2014

Psalm 112 (Grail Psalter, 1963)

1 Happy the man who fears the Lord,

who takes delight in all his commands.

2 His sons shall be powerful on earth;

the children of the upright are blessed.

3 Riches and wealth are in his house;

his justice stands firm for ever.

4 He is a light in the darkness for the upright:

he is generous, merciful and just.

5 The good man takes pity and lends,

he conducts his affairs with honour.

6 The just man will never waver:

he will be remembered for ever.

7 He has no fear of evil news;

with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord.

8 With a steadfast heart he will not fear;

he will see the downfall of his foes.

9 Open-handed, he gives to the poor;

his justice stands firm for ever.

His head will be raised in glory.

10 The wicked man sees and is angry,

grinds his teeth and fades away;

the desire of the wicked leads to doom.

Hebrews 13:1-3 ( New Jerusalem Bible)

Continue to love each other like brothers, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Keep in mind those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; and those who are being badly treated, since you too are in the body.




Copyright notice:

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.

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