Introduction to mass
In the market economy which dominates our lives, we are prone to know the price of everything and the value of nothing, as Oscar Wilde once wrote. Such a mindset is put to the test by today's gospel parable. Jesus' story of a landowner who pays his vineyard labourers the same generous amount whether they have worked all day or only the last hour is an affront to our calculations of justice. It calls into question our habit of judging how much of our time or money this person or that cause deserves. God makes no such judgements. God gives all.
The week's prayer focus
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds," wrote Paul to the Romans (12:2). Set us free, O Lord, from narrow-minded ways and expand our hearts with the love that knows no limits.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, the word of God for today affirms that God's ways are more wonderful than we can imagine. Let us put our trust in God's great goodness and pray for all our needs.
- We pray for the Commonwealth of Australia. May this year's Catholic Social Justice Statement contribute effectively to the development of an inclusive and sustainable economy in this country. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray in awe at the grandeur of creation. May we marvel at all that God has made and treasure this fragile earth which has been entrusted to us. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all members of the human family. May we be freed from meanness of heart and treat each other with the generosity God has shown us. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the countless children, women and men around the world who are trapped in forms of slave labour. May the work of advocates for justice set them free from their bondage. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all who have been forced to flee their homeland because of war, persecution or famine. May they find a safe haven and the opportunity to build a new life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for seafarers who serve on the ships of the world. May they be provided with safe working conditions and be given adequate opportunity to stay with their loved ones. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the members of the Jewish community as they complete their observance of the Day of Atonement and prepare to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. May they be blessed in the practice of their faith. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for older persons everywhere. May this year's observance of the International Day of Older Persons encourage them to take pride in their lives and to claim the dignity they deserve. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the recently deceased... and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, especially police officers who have lost their lives in service of the community. May the Good Shepherd lead them safely home. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
God of unfathomable mystery, you have uncovered your face for us in Jesus Christ. May the Spirit of Jesus never cease to teach us your divine wisdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord.