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The Meaning of Life
A Sonnet for St Luke the Evangelist
by Malcolm Guite
His gospel is itself a living creature
A ground and glory round the throne of God,
Where earth and heaven breathe through human nature
And One upon the throne sees it is good.
Luke is the living pillar of our healing,
A lowly ox, the servant of the four,
We turn his page to find his face revealing
The wonder, and the welcome of the poor.
He breathes good news to all who bear a burden
Good news to all who turn and try again,
The meek rejoice and prodigals find pardon,
A lost thief reaches paradise through pain,
The voiceless find their voice in every word
And, with Our Lady, magnify Our Lord.
A Morning Invocation
O Heart of Sacred Intuition, whose wholeness is embodied in the oneness of all that lives, come and earth your slow-grown understanding in me this day.
Come with your mercy as my folly melts before your knowing.
Come with your tears and weep with me when I fall.
Come with your replenishing and smile when I am ripe with hope.
Come with your deep laughter and rejoice with me when I have overcome.
Show me the lessons of the trees and flowers, the sun and moon, for all your creation has secrets to share.
Teach me to breathe with gratitude, to dance to the rhythm of the earth.
Come with your sheer, silent voice on the breeze, that does not proclaim itself but waits to be discovered and show me how to listen to the heart-beat of your world this day.
Prayer for Loyalty
O God, our heavenly Father, we open our hearts to you.
For you are our hope, you raise our spirits
You bring us peace.
You created us and love us and call us to live
in a way that honours our relationship with you.
But, so often, though we claim to follow Christ,
we fail to live like Him.
We fail to live lives of virtue.
O Lord God, make us more like your Son,
dwell in our hearts so that we cannot but love and honour you
by the way we live each day.
As we go to school, go to work, raise our families,
simply go about our daily lives,
there are so many things that distract,
so many worries and fears,
so much pain and suffering.
Grant us and those around us
peace that passes all understanding,
hope that, in all things, you work for good,
and courage to be loyal to you no matter what.
We are thankful for all that we have and pray
that your love may guide us in everything
– our thoughts, our words and our actions.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.