In between Jesus’ messianic entry into Jerusalem and his ultimate betrayal, the conflict between him and the religious authorities intensifies. Old foes unite to try and convict him as an enemy of Rome. Jesus’ reply to their loaded question – “Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God” – undoes their immediate attack but does not finally save him from their malice. Ever since his words have served as a simple guide for believers seeking to fulfil their secular and religious duties. But every generation has to discern for itself how the formula applies in its particular time and place.
The week’s prayer focus
To do justice to both the legitimate authority of the state and the supreme demands of God’s kingdom is a constant challenge. Guide us, O Lord, with your Spirit that we may have the wisdom to see what we must do and the courage to do it.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, coming together as God’s people and fed by God’s word, let us be one in mind and heart as we pray for God’s blessing on the human family and the whole of creation.
- We pray for the United Nations and every organisation that promotes peace and human development. May they persist in their challenging task of securing the well-being of the world. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the church around the world. On this Mission Sunday may all the baptised answer Pope Francis’ call to put mission at the heart of their Christian faith (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for people of faith who serve in public office. May their faith inspire and guide them to serve with integrity in a world of conflicting moral demands. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray in thanksgiving for musicians, dancers, singers, actors and every kind of performing artist. May they enrich our lives with the gift of their artistic skills. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all people suffering from polio or its aftereffects. May they have access to all the care and facilities they need to live fulfilling lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the children of the world. May the observance of Universal Children’s Day raise awareness of the vital need to provide children with the resources they need to flourish. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for scholars and preachers of God’s word. May they inspire us to complete conviction in the power of the gospel to change our lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all who are active members of parish groups and committees. May their generous service bear much fruit in the life of the local faith community. (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 rejoice forever in the company of the saints. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Holy God and Father of peace, we thank and praise you for the word you plant in our hearts. Help us put our faith into action, do the work of love, and persevere in hope. We ask this through Christ our Lord.