21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 27, 2017
Confident that when we call, the Lord will answer us and build up strength within us, we offer our prayers and petitions to the Father.
- For the Church, that we may be, as Pope Francis has asked, people of spring, waiting for flowers, waiting for fruit, waiting for the sun that is Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
- That world leaders may address problems between nations by seeking and finding solutions that uplift humanity and recognize the value of all human life. We pray to the Lord.
- That all people may respond to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?” with conviction that he is the Christ, the Son of the living God. We pray to the Lord.
- As we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine this week, may we respond to his call to “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” We pray to the Lord.
- That Father Christopher and all who work to overcome injustice may know that the kindness of the Lord endures forever, that the Lord’s love is eternal, and that the Lord does not forsake the work of his hands. We pray to the Lord.
- That the victims of mudslides in Sierra Leone and those threatened by hurricanes and typhoons at this time of year may find safety and hear the voice of the Lord in the quiet aftermaths of the storms. We pray to the Lord.
- That Martha Langbo’s sister, Bernice, the members of St. Isabel parish who are sick, and their ill family members may be people of hope who trust that the Lord is always with them. We pray to the Lord.
- In thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received in our lives through no merit of our own but as generous gifts from God. We pray to the Lord.
- That all the faithful departed may be united with the saints in heaven resting in the arms of God for all eternity. We pray to the Lord.
O God, we know that you love each of us as if there were only one of us. May we return that love you as we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.