Today is Thursday the 17th of July, in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The Choir of the King’s Consort sing Henry Purcell’s Hear My Prayer, O Lord:  “Hear My Prayer, O Lord, and let my crying come unto thee.”  As I listen, I too bring my prayer, my needs and my longings, the deepest feelings of my heart, before the Lord.

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.

Hope, desire, seeking, longing, memory, integrity, peace.  Which of these many sentiments speaks most strongly to you today?

This reading is a poem and a prayer – or rather, many prayers. Is there any phrase, any sentence, any few words here that are a prayer you want to make today?

Listen again, and find in this poem, this prayer, the words that appeal to you most strongly.

If there was any phrase or sentence or few words that were meaningful for you, say those words again now.  A few times over, perhaps.  Make them your prayer.  Speak those words to the Lord right now.