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Prayers of the people: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 22 September

14 September 2019

Bible readers face a constant challenge to bridge the gap between the ancient Middle Eastern world and our own.

It takes both knowledge and imagination. Alas, no such skills are needed for the prophets’ denunciation of injustice. We are all too familiar with the rip-offs they condemn.

Swindling plagues our economic system and we abhor it. That makes it difficult to make sense of Jesus’ praise for the steward’s dodgy dealings.

If, however, what the manager is doing is renouncing his own commission on the amounts owed to his master, then he may be seen as a model of freedom from material self-interest.

This sits well with Luke’s emphatic insistence on the impediment that possessions represent.

The week’s prayer focus

For economic policy-makers, that they will be guided by principles that put persons first.

Sample intercessions

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


Dear friends, to follow Jesus is to set our hearts on the wealth of God’s love, not earthly riches. In that spirit let us pray for God to reign in our hearts and in our world.


  1. We pray for church communities in every land. May they proclaim the gospel by their practical solidarity with the poor. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for a new era of global economic justice. May all who are disadvantaged by prevailing systems and policies find relief. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for the young who face a future of environmental devastation. May their pleas for the survival of the planet be heard and acted upon. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for communities under severe threat from bushfires and drought this summer. May all concerned join forces to prepare for this perilous time. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for all who have suffered abuse from church personnel. May they be heard with compassion and receive the just help they need to recover. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for those who administer Australia’s immigration laws. May they fulfil their responsibilities with a wise blend of justice and compassion. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for all the members of St Vincent de Paul conferences. May this week’s feast of their patron saint encourage them in their service of the poor. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for priests and religious who have devoted their lives to pastoral ministry. May they receive back the loving care they have given to their communities. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they share fully in the riches of God’s love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


Bountiful God, your Son Jesus became poor for our sake that we might be made rich out of his poverty. Set us free to show the wealth of your love to all we meet. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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