February 8, 2024

1 John 3:16-20

We know love by this, that Jesus laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Prayers of Intercession 
God our Father, fill our lives with your compassion; may we live in the generosity of forgiveness.For those who cannot believe and who give their lives in the service of others, Lord, we pray.

For the Church, ferment of communion: Lord, make your light shine upon her.

O Christ, light from above, come and visit all those who are in darkness; show them the way of your love.

Support those who are going through times of difficulty and discouragement, O source of confidence and life.

Guide us by your Spirit so that we may accomplish the will of your love; give us new hearts.

Jesus our peace, if our lips keep silence, our heart listens to you and also speaks to you. And you say to each one of us: surrender yourself in all simplicity to the life of the Holy Spirit; for this, the little bit of faith you have is enough.

From Prayer for Each Day, (Time of the Church 2) Taize Community.