Faith Love and Respect

Catherine McAuley Hub Chaplaincy

Week 3 2023/24

Day 1 – Head

We begin our prayer this morning with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today’s scripture comes from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a prophet in the southern kingdom in Judah in the Old Testament. He was around right before Judah fell to Babylon and the Jews there were led into captivity. God sent Jeremiah to warn the Jews in Judah of their impending demise, but they didn’t heed the warnings. This extract is from his letter, and he is reciting the words that the Lord has said to him.

I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13

It’s important to know the context of Jeremiah’s time in order to understand his life. Part of this requires a partial overview of the history of the Israelites in the Promised Land.

King Solomon ruled over the Israelites, God’s people, in the tenth century B.C. However, the unwise actions of his son Rehoboam led to a schism in which the kingdom was split into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah, each with its own king.

Both kingdoms devolved into corruption and sin, despite repeated warnings from prophets sent by God — prophets such as Jeremiah. Thus, God warned, they would be overtaken by conquerors. 

In 721 B.C., the northern kingdom of Israel fell to the Assyrians. The southern kingdom of Judah temporarily pulled itself together under King Hezekiah and avoided destruction from the forces of Assyria under Sennacherib through miraculous intervention (2 Chronicles 32). 

However, Hezekiah was immediately followed by his wicked son Manasseh. Manasseh was eventually carried away by Assyrians and repented of his evil ways. But things got worse again as he was followed by Amon, a completely wicked king. Another brief upswing occurred under King Josiah, but after that, Judah was a mess of puppet kings placed by Egypt and Babylon, some reigning for only three months.

Meanwhile, Assyria had been conquered by Babylon. In 586 B.C., the southern kingdom of Judah fell to the Babylonian Empire once and for all, as the walls of Jerusalem were breached, the Temple was destroyed, and the city walls torn down. 

Jeremiah served as a prophet from the days of Josiah all the way through the reigns of Judah’s last four kings: Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah. Jeremiah died in 570 B.C.

Having learnt a bit more about the context of the prophet Jeremiah and this scripture, tomorrow we will explore the themes of the scripture in more detail. Take a moment to reflect, and then finish today with the Sign of the Cross.


Day 2 – Heart

We begin our prayer this morning with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Here are some quick quiz questions to see what you can remember from yesterday!

  1. Where was Jeremiah from?
  2. Who was Jeremiah writing to in the passage?
  3. Can you remember any of the lines from the scripture?

Today we are going to watch a short video to explore the themes mentioned in the scripture!

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


Day 3 – Hands

We begin our prayer this morning with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we would like you to take a moment of silence in your forms. Spend the next five minutes thinking and reflecting about the questions below. Using the notes section in your planner/diary, write down some of your answers.

  1. Do I know what I want to do in the future? What might this be?
  2. What skills/characteristics do I have that I could use in future?
  3. How do I feel when I think about the future?
  4. Where do I see God and faith in my future?
  5. How can I ‘call to God’ as the scripture says?

Having these notes on you at all times means that in those moments when you can’t see a way forward, when you don’t understand God’s plans for you, you can take them out, read them, and remind yourself that everything will be okay.

Let us give Glory to God, thanking Him for always being there for us, by praying the Glory Be together:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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