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Prayers of the people: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 15 September

05 September 2019

Introductory reflection

Whether the long and familiar story of the Prodigal Son is read or not, the key to all three parables of love and mercy is given before they begin.

What first provokes offence, then the story-telling, is Jesus’ prodigal dining with undesirables. His inclusive table-fellowship enacts the bountiful mercy of God for all to see.

That’s what our sacramental meal with Jesus is meant to do too. Perhaps it’s time to recover a robust sense of the Eucharist as the ordinary sacrament of reconciliation (penance being the extraordinary one and baptism the original).

All we have to do is pay attention to the constant refrain of forgiveness threaded through the Mass. Many may find it a liberating discovery.

The week’s prayer focus

For the gift of honesty about our sinfulness and the grace of knowing the unfailing mercy 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’ meals were always meals of mercy. Gathered in Jesus’ company at this holy meal, let us place our troubled world in God’s merciful hands.

Reader

  1. For Pope Francis, bishop of Rome and pastor of all, that he will never cease to proclaim the healing mercy of God, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For all who commit themselves as agents of reconciliation around the world, that they will succeed in defusing old enmities and healing old wounds, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the citizens of Hong Kong and all who long for civic freedom and peace, that they will be encouraged by this week’s United Nations’ observances for democracy and peace, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For rural communities and towns confronted by the devastating loss of water supplies, that they will face the crisis together with resilience and neighbourly spirit, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For Australia’s present and aspiring citizens, that they will value the privilege of citizenship and work for the common good of the nation, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For members of the police force and all who keep us safe, that their service of the community will be appreciated and acknowledged, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For all who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, that they will receive loving care from their families, friends and carers, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For ourselves, that we will have the wisdom to identify the golden calves in our lives and the courage to renounce them, (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 rejoice with all the saints in the glorious mercy of God, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

Heavenly Father, your mercy knows no bounds. Keep us true to you, but when we fail, send your Son to seek us out and call us home. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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