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Prayers of the People: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 10 June 2018

01 June 2018

Introductory reflection

That world-weary sceptic, Ecclesiastes, said it memorably: “There’s nothing new under the sun.” If it’s true that ours is a culture of blame, it’s also the case that blame has a long history. The ingenious authors of Genesis capture it economically. The man blames the woman, the woman the serpent, and the serpent pays the price. Jesus reverses this dynamic of displacement. To belong to his family one must stand up, opt-in, make a choice, take responsibility. In effect, he asks would-be followers to embrace his own fundamental option and put themselves unreservedly at the service of the Father’s loving purposes. We pray daily, “Your will be done.”

The week’s prayer focus

That the church will be an unmistakable sign of Christ’s victory over the powers of darkness in the world.

Sample intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.


Dear friends, with supreme authority Jesus proclaimed the reign of God and disarmed the powers of the demonic realm. In his name let us pray for a new heaven and a new earth.


  1. For the leaders of the world’s superpowers, that they will choose cooperation over conflict and the good of humanity over national self-interest, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For Pope Francis, bishop of Rome, and the bishops of Australia, that they will carry out their ministry of ecclesial service in a spirit of familial discipleship, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the followers of Islam, that the fulfilment of Ramadan will bear lasting fruit for them in lives of peace, mercy, almsgiving and spiritual renewal, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For children made to work as slaves and for elders subjected to abuse, that these vulnerable fellow human beings will be protected from unjust exploitation, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For climate scientists around the world, that they will not tire in their call for urgent action to address the consequences of climate change, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.  
  6. For the whole community, that a greater awareness of men’s health issues and a readiness to deal with them will lead to improved well-being for all, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For all who are falsely accused or unjustly blamed, that they will have the strength to withstand the ordeal and the opportunity to reclaim their good name, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For ourselves, that we will become the true family of Jesus by doing the will of God as he did, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  9. For the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that they will dwell forever in the heavenly home God has built for them, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.


Creator of all things, mighty God, your Son taught us to pray that you save us from trial and deliver us from evil. Strengthen us each day with your all-powerful Spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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