20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 20, 2017
The Lord’s commands to observe what is right and do what is just as proclaimed by Isaiah call us still today as we bring the needs of our lives before the Father.
- For the Church, that we may act with the Canaanite woman in tirelessly approaching the Lord seeking relief for those tormented by personal demons and trials.
- That all people may seek to emphasize the principles that unite us rather than the differences that tear us apart.
- That victims of terrorism in Spain, the Middle East, and throughout the world may be consoled and respond, as Jesus did, with forgiveness for their attackers.
- That our parish community, disrupted by hatred and maltreatment, may stand firm against every form of oppression.
- That Father Christopher may not lose faith as he fights the scurrilous charges that torment him and may be healed and restored.
- That the lives of those with Downs Syndrome and other genetic imperfections will be valued in Iceland and by all people of the world.
- For all who are ill that they may persistently approach Jesus with great faith seeking relief from all that torments them.
- For all those we encounter in our lives who inspire us by their fidelity. We pray to the Lord.
- That the recently deceased members of our families, friends, and parishioners may rest in peace in the arms of Jesus in heaven.
O God may we know that your gifts are irrevocable and understand that even though we often disobey your commands, your mercy comes to us when we pray to you through Christ our Lord. Amen.