reparation and atonement
Minutes on Fridays
Friday 7 May: Fifth
Friday of Easter
Gospel of the Day: John
If appropriate, light a candle.
Reflecting on the Gospel
Read the whole Gospel if time permits. If not, you might like to focus
on the following sentence:
'This is my commandment:
love one another,
as I have loved you.
Reverse the last two phrases …
As you breathe in, silently pray ‘as I have loved you’ –
and as you breathe out, ‘so love one another’.
As you breathe and pray – imagine the love of Jesus filling you with the
and, as you breathe out, feel that love flowing from you to those who
have been hurt by abuse.
Reflect on the things Jesus said
and did that spoke of his love
for his disciples and others he encountered in his earthly life.
Which comes particularly to mind?
Try to create the scene in your imagination –
what Jesus might have looked like –
what did the other person/ people look like before and after the
Where are you in the situation?
Could you, in your imagination, bring someone who has been abused to
How might they react?
How might Jesus react?
Jesus, you see into the depths of
and your own heart bleeds for the pain and shame that would hide itself
In your infinite love, bring wholeness and healing to hearts broken by
the betrayal of trust;
break open hearts hardened to the sin they have committed;
and hear the prayers of humbled and contrite hearts seeking the love and
that only comes through you.
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