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Reflection – Discovering One’s Own Riches

I lived on the shady side of the road
and watched my neighbours’ gardens across the way
revelling in the sunshine.
I felt I was poor
and from door to door went in my hungry.
The more they gave me from their careless
the more I became aware of my beggar’s bowl.
Till one morning I awoke from my sleep
at the sudden opening of my door
and you came and asked for alms.
In despair I broke open the lid of my chest
and was startled into finding my own wealth.

Reflection – Sheep without a Shepherd

Lord, look upon us and take pity on us,
for at times we too are like sheep.
Save us from a blind following of the herd.
Help us to listen to your voice,
to trust you and to follow you,
even if it means leaving the crowd
and walking a lonely path.
Lead us from fear to trust, from error to truth,
from hate to love, from war to peace,
from despair to hope, and from death to life. Amen.

Reflection – Disturb us, O Lord

Disturb us, O Lord,
when we are too well pleased with ourselves;
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little;
when we have arrived safely
because we sailed too close to the shore.
Stir us, O Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture more seas, where storm shall show your mastery,
where losing sight of land we shall find the stars.
In the name of him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow him. Amen


O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds.
and whose breath gives life to the world, hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak; I need your strength and your wisdom.
Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made,
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may know
the things you have taught your children,
The lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong, so that I may not be superior to other people, but able to…