- A certain member of our prayer group had recently lost his hearing aid on an interstate trip. He didn’t always wear it – only when he really needed to. It cost a lot of money( $1500), especially for a pensioner.
At prayer group today, he said to another member that he had asked God to not make his hearing get any worse, as he was not going to buy another. The person, to whom he was speaking, instantly opened the Bible, which was on the table (ready for our prayer group readings) and this is what it said:
Isaiah 43:8 (Douay Rheims):
“ Bring forth the people that are blind, and have eyes: that are deaf, and have ears.  All the nations are assembled together, and the tribes are gathered: who among you can declare this, and shall make us hear the former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, let them be justified, and hear, and say: It is truth.”
We all laughed, but the reading was very appropriate. This elderly person plays a particular role in our prayer group – he remembers the Church as it was pre Vatican II. He teaches us of how things were – “…hear the former things…” He is there to tell us “It is truth”
- Another younger member sometimes wears a head covering at prayer group – as do 1 or 2 others. She had left it behind one week, and I asked her if it was hers. Later, she went home and opened the Bible, as she always does before she retires and this is what it told her:
“Decorum in public worship” 1 Corinthians 11: 2-16
 Now I praise you, brethren, that in all things you are mindful of me: and keep my ordinances as I have delivered them to you.  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.  Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraceth his head.  But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered, disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven.
 For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.  The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.  For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.  For the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man.  Therefore ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels.
 A power: that is, a veil or covering, as a sign that she is under the power of her husband: and this, the apostle adds, because of the angels, who are present in the assemblies of the faithful.
 But yet neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord.  For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman: but all things of God.  You yourselves judge: doth it become a woman, to pray unto God uncovered?  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that a man indeed, if he nourish his hair, it is a shame unto him?  But if a woman nourish her hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor the church of God.”
Well, this is a lot to think about. This points to the fact that we (women) should have our head covered in Church – but it could also mean that our heads should be covered in ANY public worship – during prayer group also??
And what about the rest of our clothing? How should we present ourselves when we visit our Lord and King? Let us remember we are in the presence of Royalty!!! And He is present at every prayer group.
There is no doubt about it. Our good Lord not only teaches us, but challenges us.
- This one seems to be a continuation of last week. (See “Go tell Others” posts.)
We were doing the same meditation for the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary as we have been doing all through Lent. At the end, C. told us that this time, Jesus was not moving around, and that he was silent. We took this to heart, as it was a very appropriate message for us. Persecutions will increase – for all prayer groups, wherever you are, – and it will be well to remember this.
Thank you Jesus for being with us at our Prayer Group – to listen to us, and to hear us and guide us.