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Prayers of the people: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) - 23 July 2017

18 July 2017

Introduction to mass

For three Sundays in a row we are treated to a feast of parables. They bring the world of Jesus to life for us, a world of farmers sowing crops, women kneading dough, merchants in search of treasure, and fishermen casting nets.  More than that, they open our eyes to the work of God in our midst. More still, they fire our imaginations and provoke us to change. One by one they summon us to stop building our own empires and to work instead for the reign of God.  All else will pass away, God’s reign alone will last.

The week's prayer focus

With the apostle Peter, let us say to Jesus: “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69).

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, the parables of Jesus teach us not to lose heart when the kingdom of God seems slow to succeed. With patient trust in the power of God let us pray for our world and the whole of creation.


  1. For the countless people who sow seeds of daily goodness in their ordinary lives, that their quiet fidelity to the tasks of love will bear great fruit for the human family, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For world leaders facing the increasingly complex challenge of political, economic and technological upheaval, that they will govern with wisdom and courage for the good of all, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For Christian communities around the world suffering discrimination, harassment or active persecution, that they will draw strength from the Spirit of God and from our solidarity with them, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For the peoples of Timor-Leste and of Papua-New Guinea, that those whom they elect to national leadership will build firm foundations for a future of unity, peace and prosperity, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For all institutions in Australia responding to the scourge of sexual abuse, that they will adopt principles and practices that ensure the safety of all children and vulnerable adults in their care, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For children participating this week in Schools’ Tree Day, that they will learn to love and care for the natural world and prompt us all to save it for future generations, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For those in our families and communities who struggle with chronic pain or anxiety, that they will be given the support they need to cope with their condition and lead fruitful lives, (pause) let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For ourselves, that we will not abandon the practice of prayer but preserve time in our busy lives to attend to the prompting of the Spirit in our hearts, (pause) 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 shine forever like the sun in the kingdom of the Father, (pause) let us pray to the Lord. 


God of justice and mercy, through your Son Jesus you have sown the seeds of your kingdom in our world. By the power of your Spirit may they bear a rich harvest of peace, justice and lasting joy. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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