Introduction to Mass
To read the gospel is to encounter the power of Jesus. He disarms demons, calms storms, heals disease, forgives sin, demands discipleship and teaches with authority. No wonder the crowds were astonished and asked where it all came from. What is equally astonishing in our time is the humility of Jesus. In an age that idolises the independent self, Jesus is impressively selfless. He never exercises power to inflate his self-importance. His is never power over others but power for them and with them. True service of others is not weakness. It is the power of love to give life.
The week's prayer focus
With All Saints and All Souls Days fresh in our minds, we pray for all who have gone before us in faith. We especially give thanks for all whose lives have touched and inspired us. Help us, dear Lord, to love and serve as they did.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, Jesus came not be served but to serve and to offer his life as a ransom for many. In that spirit let us render service to God and to the human family with heartfelt prayer.
- We pray for the leaders of every faith tradition. May their public ministry and their personal way of life be in complete harmony with the beliefs they teach. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all people in positions of authority. May they put their power at the service of the social good and not abuse it for their own enrichment. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for catechists serving in schools and parish communities. May they communicate the joy of the gospel to each new generation of children and young adults. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for tertiary students preparing for exams, especially those for whom English is not their first language. May they do justice to themselves and to their teachers. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for scientists who put their knowledge at the service of just development. May their work help struggling nations provide food, shelter and healthcare for their people. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for international tourists visiting Australia. May their time in this country be safe and enjoyable, and may it raise their awareness of the fragility of the environment. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all who have lost their lives in armed conflict around the world. May Remembrance Day renew our determination to honour their memory with our passion for peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for ourselves, our families and our parishes. May we experience God's word as a living power in our hearts and in our midst. (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 be numbered among the saints in the heavenly Jerusalem. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
All holy God, your Son Jesus taught us to call you Father. Even as we pray to you, open our eyes to see one another as sisters and brothers, called to wash each other's feet in humble service. We ask this through Christ our Lord.