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9 August 2020
The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
by Malcolm Guite
You bore for me the One who came to bless
And bear for all and make the broken whole.
You heard His call and in your open ‘yes’
You spoke aloud for every living soul.
Oh gracious Lady, child of your own child,
Whose mother-love still calls the child in me,
Call me again, for I am lost, and wild
Waves surround me now. On this dark sea
Shine as a star and call me to the shore.
Open the door that all my sins would close
And hold me in your garden. Let me share
The prayer that folds the petals of the Rose.
Enfold me too in Love’s last mystery
And bring me to the One you bore for me.
Every morning, quite early, I go out from a still, quiet house into the garden to feed the birds and water plants and, out there, I am aware of so much movement, busyness, life.
John O’Donohue writes:
“The elemental presence of the divine is everywhere: wind, water, earth and fire witness to the urgency, passion and tactility of God. From these elements God fashioned the universe. It is not that God is reduced to a force of nature or that aspects of nature become mere images of God. Nature is divine raiment; the touch and flow and force of God touches us here but the divine presence is not exhausted by this. Both sensuousness of nature and our senses make the divine presence visible in the world. Nature was the first scripture; to be out in nature is to be near God. When we begin to awaken to the beauty which is the Sensuous God, we discover the holiness of our bodies and our earth.”
A prayer for 16th August
O God, how amazing that you chose an unknown, humble young girl to bear your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and that, through him, you came and dwelt among us on earth.
And how wonderful that, although surely shocked and even afraid at having been chosen, she said ‘Yes’.
She must have known the trouble that would lie ahead for her, yet she said ‘Yes’.
As we reflect on Mary, we are aware of how weak and ineffectual are our own efforts to emulate her obedience, her faith, her willingness and her courage.
She remained faithful despite the disbelief of those around her, their accusations, suspicions and harsh words.
We thank you for her example of trust, of steadfast love for you, of loyalty and of bravery.
Help us to be prepared for whatever you ask of us, however daunting the challenge you place before us. Make us aware, Lord God, of those things to which you would have us say ‘Yes’ and then give us the courage, loyalty and resilience to see them through.
This we ask for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.