Introduction to mass
A sudden storm on the Sea of Galilee offers Jesus the opportunity to calm his followers’ fears. He goes on to make it a telling scene in the drama of faith. Peter, as impulsive as ever, dares Jesus to prove himself as Lord, and so he does, but most of all when Peter’s faith fails. Divine power engages with human frailty and prompts a fresh confession of faith. We as the church are living in stormy times. Our faith is constantly being put to the test. Today’s word of God calls us to renew our trust in Jesus who is ever Emmanuel, God-with-us.
The week’s prayer focus
“Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.” These are the words we take to heart this week. Jesus, Lord, calm our fears and dare us to put our faith in you.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, as he did, again and again, today Jesus bids his disciples to have courage and not be afraid. With Peter let us step out in faith and put our trust in God’s unfailing care.
- We pray for Pope Francis, successor of St Peter, and all the bishops of the church. May they look steadily at Jesus for inspiration and become fearless leaders in faith. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the prophets of our time who like Elijah risk their lives to speak the truth. May they hold fast to their mission, no matter what threat they face. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for a greater appreciation of all that Christianity has inherited from the Jewish tradition. May we build together on the firm foundation of the beliefs we hold in common. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the people of Yemen suffering terribly from hunger and cholera. May regional powers ease their blockade and allow critical humanitarian aid to be delivered. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for state and federal parliamentarians considering the contested issues of same-sex marriage and of euthanasia and assisted suicide. May they listen carefully to the voice of their conscience and choose to uphold the value of human life and love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the Catholic community in Australia. May this week’s celebration of the Assumption of Mary into heaven give us a fresh heart for our daily life of faith, prayer and service. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for those who are struggling to keep their homes warm because of the rising cost of power. May government authorities and the power industry work together to find an urgent solution to this crisis. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray ourselves. May we do all we can to limit the waste we generate and to lessen the impact our consumer lifestyle has on the fragile earth. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. (Pause) Lord, hear us.
God of mercy and love, in the course of his earthly mission your Son Jesus constantly sought you in prayer. Prompt us by your Spirit to seek you out each day and work untiringly for the coming of your reign. We ask this through Christ our Lord.