Friday, January 20, 2012
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Day 3
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DAY 3 Theme: Changed by the Suffering Servant. Readings: Isaiah 53: 3-11 The man of sorrows accustomed to suffering. Psalm 22:12-24 He did not despise the affliction of the afflicted. 1 Peter 2: 21-25 Christ suffered for us. Luke 24: 25-27 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things?
Prayer: God of consolation, you have transformed the shame of the cross into a sign of victory. Grant that we may be united around the Cross of your Son to worship Him for the mercy offered through his suffering. May the Holy Spirit open our eyes and our hearts, so that we may help those who suffer to experience your closeness: You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Questions for reflection: 1. How can our faith help us in our response to long-lasting suffering? 2. What areas of human suffering are unoticed and belittled today? 3. How can Christians bear witness together to the power of the cross?