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Prayers of the people: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 8 September

29 August 2019

Introductory reflection

It’s 10 Sundays since Luke told us that ‘Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem.’

His journey comes back into focus today via the little phrase ‘on his way.’ This sets the context for Jesus’ uncompromising demands on would-be disciples – to prioritise him over every family tie, take up their cross, be open-eyed about the cost, and give up all they own. Jesus is challenging them to make his unconditional commitment their own.

Nothing will deter him from seeing his mission through, even the threat of death. If all this seems too daunting, we can take heart from the risen Jesus’ forgiving word to the apostles who failed him, ‘Peace be with you.’

This week’s prayer focus

For all who are enslaved by their possessions, that they will find the freedom of the children of God.

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 summons us to follow him without compromise. In answer to his call, let us pray with him for the coming of God’s reign in our hearts and in our world.

Reader

  1. For the world-wide church, that it will be a community of disciples who follow Jesus faithfully with all their hearts, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For all God-seekers, that they will be blessed with the gift of wisdom and come to know the infinite riches of God’s love, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For leaders of the world’s religions, that they will work together to promote the cause of peace, healing and unity among all nations, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For ethnic and religious communities oppressed by hostile regimes, that their hopes of achieving a just autonomy will be fulfilled, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For defenders of the world’s forests and oceans, that they will succeed in saving them from irreversible over-exploitation, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For the countless children, women and men trapped in economic or sexual slavery, that effective global measures will be taken to set them free, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For all who are lost in despair and tempted to take their own lives, that the love of family and friends will rekindle hope in their hearts, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For all who are engaged in the conduct of the justice system in Australia, that they will exercise their responsibility with integrity and independence, (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 join Mary and all the saints in praising God forever, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

All-wise and loving God, you have made your ways known to us in Word and Spirit. Draw us ever more deeply into the mystery of your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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