|Reader||Thus says the
"See how I have freed you from the house of oppression
and borne you as if on eagles' wings
to bring you to myself."
THE LORD PROMISES GOOD TO ALL WHO SERVE HIM -
WHO TURN TO HIM WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS.
The Lord gives mind to his people:
hears the heart-lament of the downcast,
touching tenderly the aching soul
yearning for meaning - hope - consolation.
THE LORD DOES NOT FEAR THE DARKNESS
THAT ENGULFS THE HEARTS OF HIS PEOPLE;
IS NOT OVERWHELMED BY THE TEMPESTS
THAT BUFFET THEIR TROUBLED SPIRITS:
HE HIMSELF IS THEIR LIGHT AND THEIR ROCK
The Lord knows of what we are made:
fragile flesh -
Desiring fidelity -
but fearing its freedom.
THE LORD KNOWS OF WHAT WE ARE MADE -
AND SEES BEYOND FLESH AND WILL
TO THE POTENTIAL PLANTED IN OUR CONCEPTION -
HIS DREAM MADE FLESH IN FRAIL HUMANITY.
|Suggestions: Exodus 19:1-6; Psalm 103; healing stories in the Gospels (raising up of lepers, woman with haemorrhage, Jairus' daughter, Lazarus, etc)|
At this point, there could be an examination of conscience - of times when we
have chosen "the chicken" rather than "the eagle" (acknowledging that chickens
are pretty useful birds!). Individual absolution could be offered at this point.
|Reader||Our Lord is
abounding in mercy -
desiring wholeness and harmony
for his creatures:
fullness of potential
for the work of his hands.
|ALL||THE LORD HEARS
THE SIGHS OF THE SORROWFUL,
DRIES THE TEARS OF THEIR CONTRITION;
RAISES THE EYES OF THE LOWLY
TO THE GLORY OF THE HEAVENS.
The Lord reaches deep into the soul of the world,
drawing his creatures into dreams of peace, justice and liberation;
of the earth fulfilling its destiny,
wrought in the drama of Creation.
CREATURES OF CLAY
CASTING OFF THE BURDENS OF GUILT AND SHAME
TO SAVOUR THE GREATNESS OF OUR GOD
AND OFFER OUR HANDS AND HEARTS IN HIS SERVICE.
The Lord is our strength and salvation;
he sets our feet on mountaintops -
revealing vistas of unsurpassable beauty:
and bids us fly -
FREE in the joy and freedom of children of God:
FREE TO SING GOD'S PRAISES FROM THE ROOTS OF OUR HEARTS
TO THE ENDS OF THE UNIVERSE.
Michael Joncas' Eagle's Wings would be ideal here
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