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Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Fr Dominic McKenna on reaching out to those in need

Thursday 10th April 2014

It's day five of Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols's week of prayer for Christian social action. Today Fr Dominic McKenna, parish priest for the Catholic parishes of Borehamwood, reflects on reaching out to those in need, drawing on the example of Jesus feeding the five thousand.



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Fr Dominic is reflecting on today's Psalm and Bible reading: Psalm 36 and Luke 9:12-17. Read them below or download all the prayers and readings for the week here

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Read today's Psalm are Bible reading: 

Psalm 36(35) 6-13 (Grail Psalter, 1963)

6 Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven; your truth to the skies.

7 Your justice is like God's mountain, your judgments like the deep.

To both man and beast you give protection.

8 O Lord, how precious is your love.

My God, the sons of men find refuge in the shelter of your wings. 9 They feast on the riches of your house;

they drink from the stream of your delight.

10 In you is the source of life

and in your light we see light.

11 Keep on loving those who know you,

doing justice for upright hearts.

12 Let the foot of the proud not crush me

nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.

13 See how the evildoers fall!

Flung down, they shall never arise. 

Luke 9:12-17 (New Jerusalem Bible)

It was late afternoon when the Twelve came up to him and said, 'Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.' He replied, 'Give them something to eat yourselves.' But they said, 'We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.' For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, 'Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.' They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps left over were collected they filled twelve baskets.


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