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Prayers of the people: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 1 September

22 August 2019

Introductory reflection

The early disciples’ faith in Jesus was certainly not inspired by advice he gave on social etiquette, such as the two counsels we hear today.

Take the lowest place at the wedding banquet, he says, in order to be promoted higher – surely an ironic dart thrown to puncture the balloon of our status envy. Next, invite guests to your home from way outside your comfort zone as they can never repay the favour – that’s a bold challenge.

 Jesus isn’t offering useful rules for our social games but illustrating the revolutionary ethics of the reign of God. Already condensed in the beatitudes, here they are brought to life in vividly sketched scenarios.

The week’s prayer focus

For all who are excluded from the table of life, that they will be invited and made welcome.

Sample intercessions

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

Presider

Dear friends, Jesus declared that he came among us not to be served but to serve. Following his example of humble service let us pray for all our sisters and brothers in need.

Reader

  1. For the world-wide church, that it will be the haven of generous hospitality and humble service called for by Pope Francis. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For all the inhabitants of the Earth, that this World Day of Prayer for Creation will bring about a lasting revolution of care for the environment. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For fathers, grandfathers and all who have a fatherly role, that Fathers’ Day will help deepen the bonds of love between them and their children. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For all users of digital technology, that this year’s Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement will draw their attention to the primacy of genuine human encounter. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For all who are scarred by the blight of child sexual abuse and the failure of responsible authorities to deal with it, that truth and justice will bring the healing they long for. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For indigenous Australians living in remote regions, that efforts to raise literacy levels will improve their lives and create new opportunities for them. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For all residents of nursing homes and aged care facilities, that they will be treated with respect and cared for with compassion. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For all who have a false sense of their self-worth, that they will be blessed with a spirit of humility and healthy realism about the gifts they have to offer. (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 take their promised place as citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

Giver of all good gifts, Lord God, you pour out your love on all that you have made. Open our hearts to your goodness and free us to share your loving kindness. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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