Tag: New Beginnings

Friday 9th September: New Creation

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,* not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
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Prayer

It is the beginning of a a new school year, and God is a God of new beginnings and new creations. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, new life, blessed it and called it good.

All: We give thanks for a new year and for new beginnings. We give thanks that you call us good.

In the beginning, the heavens shone forth a star when our Savior was born. In the beginning of his ministry, the heavens opened up and called him God’s beloved.

All: We give thanks that you know our pathways and what it means to be human. We give thanks that you call us your beloved children.

We turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus, asking her to pray for us:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us

St Joseph, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 8th September: Prayer to Start the Day

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Reflection: “Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

Change can be exciting, but it can also be frightening. Whatever we have to face each day we know that many things do not stay the same. Our bodies change, our thoughts and emotions mature and our understanding develops. There is security about things remaining the same but that way lies stagnation. New life comes from facing change with courage.

Prayer: Lord, you are the beginning and the end, both before us and behind us, be our guide and strength as we develop and change. Amen 

 

Wednesday 7th September: New Beginnings

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture – John 21

After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, thebrothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.”

The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him.

Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.” He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.”

They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.

Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!”

When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea. The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.

Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.” Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore—153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip.

Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master. Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.
After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.”  Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”

Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I’m telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.”

Reflection

I love this story of Peter. He has hit rock bottom, betraying Jesus by denying him only hours after promising that he would die for Jesus, and now Jesus asks him three times, once for each of Peter’s denials, “Do you love me”.

Peter is hurt, but it is a new beginning, offered freely to redeem the past, carrying him through and past the pain that went before.

Peter’s new beginning was not easy. He needed to face his past in order to move beyond it.

Starting at a new school, or going back to school, offers us a chance to shape our own new beginning, but to do so, we need to reflect on what it is that we want or need to change. Having identified what to change, we then need to work out what will help us to achieve that change.

Spend a moment thinking about what you would choose to do differently? It might be as simple as eating more healthily or drinking less. It might be trying to make more friends, or trying a new activity, or going regularly to church.

Work out what will help you to change and draw up a few simple steps that you can follow. But be kind to yourself, and if it doesn’t work out this year, there is always next year.

Prayer

God of new beginnings,
Help us to move beyond what is comfortable, to seek what is good, and trust you to lead us in the right ways. For you are always ready to forgive our frailities and failings, and gift us new starts, bringing resurrection life from empty tombs. In Jesus name. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.

St Joseph, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Tuesday 6th September: New Beginnings

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

“A good beginning makes a good ending.” (14th Century Proverb)
Ahead of us as we begin this new school year there lie many choices. These choices will affect our future. Sometimes it can cause a lot of heartache wondering what to do and if we have done the right thing. However, each day is a new beginning, each day offers up fresh opportunities to make the right decisions. Let us start in the way we would like to go on, making good choices in even in little things.
Prayer

Lord, thank you for opportunities that are given to us each day and guide us in making the right choices for the road ahead.

We pray together in the words that Jesus taught us:

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Our Lady, Queen of peace, pray for us.

St Joseph, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.