12 March 2021
Praying in Lent and Easter 2021:
24, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth
During Lent and Easter this year, I am taking some time each morning to reflect in these ways:
1, a photograph of a church or place of worship that has been significant in my spiritual life;
2, the day’s Gospel reading;
3, a prayer from the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel).
This week I am offering photographs from seven churches that have connections with my education. This morning’s photographs (11 March 2021) are from the chapel in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare. I received my BD in theology from the Pontifical University in the chapel on 19 November 1987. Later, I was a post-graduate student in history at Maynooth, I spent a day on a retreat in the chapel before my ordination as priest in 2001, I have been a visiting lecturer and I was involved in organising a retreat for students from the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (CITI) in Maynooth in 2016.
More recently, I contributed to a new history of Maynooth, We Remember Maynooth: A College across Four Centuries, edited by Salvador Ryan and John-Paul Sheridan (Dublin: Messenger Publishing, 2020).
Mark 12: 28-34 (NRSVA):
28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ 29 Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” 31 The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ 32 Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; 33 and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”, — this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.
Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary:
The Prayer in the USPG Prayer Diary today (12 March 2021) prays:
Let us pray for all small business owners and entrepreneurs.
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