PRAYER AND READING FOR THE SEASON
Thank you for bringing us to this quiet time, in the midst of our very busy lives.
As Jesus called Matthew to follow him, help us to be as obedient and to listen to your call, and follow our calling too, and give us Grace at this time to be mindful of those who are most in need, spreading your Love in our lives at Christmas and beyond.
St Matthews Gospel Chapter 5 Versus 3-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.