Introduction to mass
It is in a place of imperial power – Caesarea Philippi – that Jesus challenges his disciples to put their faith in him. Far from familiar surrounds and the support of their local synagogue, they are put to the test. Peter, impetuous as ever, dares to speak out: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It’s a bold declaration of faith, but with unseen implications. Jesus, in turn, dares to call Peter the rock on which the church will be built. The full meaning of their names – Christ and Peter – will only become clear in the glorious light of the cross.
The week's prayer focus
With Peter, we say the words, “Yes, Lord, you are the Christ.” Help us, dear God, to mean what we say and to put our faith in Jesus every day.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, in response to Peter’s confession of faith, Jesus calls him the rock of the church. Gathered now as church and united in faith, let us pray for all that God has made.
- For Pope Francis and all the bishops of the church, that they will never hesitate to announce to the world that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For the Catholic church in Australia, that God’s Spirit will give her the wisdom and courage to stay true to the gospel amid divisive debate on contested moral issues, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For the renewal of sacramental confession, that this divinely blessed means of reconciliation may bring healing and peace to those in need of God’s mercy, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For all elected members in federal and state parliaments, that they will break free from old patterns of political debate and offer leadership on the critical issues that confront the nation, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For envoys and diplomats working to resolve armed conflicts around the world, that their untiring efforts to achieve reconciliation and peace will bear fruit, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For the victims of terrorist attacks wherever they occur, that their trauma will make people of good will more determined than ever to work for justice and peace, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For volunteers and community workers providing home help for the elderly and the sick, that their service will bring joy and comfort to those they visit, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For ourselves, that we will never cease to delight in the mystery of God and to wonder at God’s wisdom and knowledge, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
- For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that they will see God face to face and rejoice in him forever, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
Fount of life, Lord God, you anointed your Son Jesus as our Redeemer and Saviour. Keep us true to the faith we confessed when we were baptised in him. We ask this through Christ our Lord.