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Follow-up Prayer from last Sunday’s Gospel – Sixth Sunday of Year A

Dear Lord,

I have every wish to keep your Commandments but the reality is not within my power.

Your Spirit alone directs goodness, it is I who undermine your Law.

I am apt to weaken rather than let you complete them.

I look to transgress by rationalising meaning and the voice of sound instruction is interrupted.

The continuity of gradual discovery is broken and I assume that I already know the answers.

Such arrogance allows only partial instruction.

In truth, my knowledge is very small and any insight rather clouded.

I speak 'religion' rather than your love and care and use 'Ministry' as a vehicle needing a driver,

Often without realising the meagreness of my reasoning.

I am not the brightest of individuals and so tend to adopt a dignity beyond my capacity.

I disguise incompetence with jargon, and lack of learning with pomposity and unhelpful clichés.

1 have little understanding of the complexities of logic but I know that simplicity leads to honesty,

Whilst truthfulness leaves room for faith.

Let me never knowingly teach what is contrary to the Faith, but likewise be aware that doctrine must develop.

The Jewish Faith stagnated and its commission was withdrawn:  May the Church never follow suit.

Let her teaching be attentive to meaning and my action to principle

Why does Mother Church still live in the Middle Ages and treat the populace as stupid?

Your Bride hobbling alone like some dignified old lady imagining herself to be full of the vigour of youth.

Your Spirit has no need of a walking frame!

Help Christian belief to become relative once more for the truth of your Beatitudes does not change but ripens to enquiry.

Man needs obedience to your guiding but 'religion' is not wanted.

Help Christian belief to become relative once more for the truth of your Beatitudes does not change  but ripens to enquiry.

Man needs obedience to your guiding but 'religion' is not wanted.

Hypocrisy is everywhere and truth is hidden within the Church, your Incarnation gives direction by example.

Help me to take from Christianity what is of your nature and leave well alone the human trimmings.

Amen