We live in uncertain times. Does faith in Jesus transform the world for us? How can faith change how we love and understand our neighbours? The time between the first Easter and Pentecost was a time of uncertainty when the disciples were left asking, “What does all this mean?”

Life is an uncertain endeavour and our faith in the risen Jesus involves ongoing discovery, which takes time and attention. The following prayers are designed to open up some space for our own reflection and questions. We are invited to breathe deeply and give space for silence and focus each day.

On the day of Pentecost, the crowd heard the apostles speaking and asked:

“And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?”

Acts 2:8 (NRSV)

The miracle was not so much that people were speaking in different languages, but rather that all those who were listening could understand each of them. I pray that as we live through this season together we will each discover a new way of listening to ourselves and to others that gives fresh insight; that we will all take a step closer to being able to love our enemies and, most importantly, discover the God who listens to us with profound attention.

I hear you differently! - Methodist Novena 2019