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February's Adoration: God's Forgiveness



Prayer


- God, come to my aid.

- Lord: make haste to help me.

- Glory to the Father...

- As it was in the beginning... Alleluia


Reading

We are a community of Christians who believe in Jesus, and his message of life and salvation; through him we have abandoned our old idolatries, been baptized in the Spirit, and incorporated into the family of God. We are aware that we are sinners because many times we do not live as children of God, nor according to the values and criteria of the Gospel.


Jesus, who is demanding with those of us who wish to be his followers, is at the same time enormously understanding and merciful with those who are weak and humbly acknowledge their sins. He told us: “I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more,” Heb 12:8


Psalm

Have mercy, my God, forgive me,

I am a pilgrim, I am a sinner.

I come repentant. Have mercy, O Lord.

Turn your eyes toward me with love.


Far from your house, far from your blessing,

I often wasted your many gifts.

Broken and poor I come, have mercy, Lord!

Turn your eyes toward me with love.


At your gates I knock, I know you will open to me.

Show your goodness to sinners.

You come to save us, have mercy, O Lord!

Turn your eyes toward me with love.


Silence to adore.


Reflection

Fix your eyes on Jesus nailed to the cross. Take a long loving look. He hung upon the cross for your sins. Look at him with gratitude, with faith and with love. Let him gaze at you, for his gaze is the gaze of love. Again, let him gaze at you, for his gaze is a gaze of compassionate and healing love.


Here I am, Lord, in your presence;

thank you, my God, for having received me.

Who am I that you should speak to me?


It is already a good reward for me

to know that my presence does not offend you

despite my weakness and with these wounds of mine.


Here I am, the unfaithful servant before the Lord;

Here I am, the beggar before his prince;

Here I am, the subject before his king.


Adoration

Reading from Luke 22, 54-62

After arresting Jesus they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest; Peter was following at a distance. They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter sat down with them. When a maid saw him seated in the light, she looked intently at him and said, “This man too was with him.” But he denied it saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” A short while later someone else saw him and said, “You too are one of them”; but Peter answered, “My friend, I am not.” About an hour later, still another insisted, “Assuredly, this man too was with him, for he also is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “My friend, I do not know what you are talking about.” Just as he was saying this, the cock crowed, and the Lord turned and looked at Peter; and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” He went out and began to weep bitterly. The Word of the Lord

Look at Christ and let Him look at you

A look of kindness love and forgiveness

Be aware of his healing power.


Silence for reflection.


Petitions.

- That you may heal us of our ills and sins....Lord, hear our prayer

- That you allow us to feel your mercy....Lord, hear our prayer

- That you help us to be merciful...Lord hear our prayer

- That we may learn to look at ourselves + others as you look at us..Lord hear our prayer

- Your petitions


Blessing: May the Lord bless us, keep us from all evil and lead us to eternal life


Adapted and translated from "Adoracion Nocturna en el hogar, SS.CC.

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