Monday 18 March 2024

About Today Readings

St Patrick

Jeremiah 1:4-9. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News – Psalm 116(117). Acts 13:46-49. Luke 10:1-12, 17-20.

Prayer of protection

There are some prayers that never seem to stale. St Patrick’s Breastplate is one of them. It is not just a prayer but a way of praying. It imagines a soldier getting ready for the day ahead, strapping on a protective covering and thinking of all the ways God will be as close as armour. It is a prayer that is near to the earth, finding God in ‘the force of fire, the light of the sun, the depth of the sea.’ In our day, we are not likely to be starting the day in a breastplate. But we can surely do the same exercise under the shower, thinking of the water as close to us as the gifts of God: ‘the power of God to guide me, the wisdom of God to teach me.’ Or when we pack a bag for the day, we can think of all the ways God will travel with us. ‘Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.’

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