Weekly Prayers of the Faithful

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, November 11, 2018

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, November 11, 2018

As members of a crowd who approach the Lord in the course of his teaching, we present our petitions with hope that we will learn from His responses.

  1. That the U.S. bishops meeting this week for their fall general assembly will beware of scribes in long robes, seeking seats of honor, and reciting lengthy prayers as they seek solutions to important issues facing the Church. We pray to the Lord.
  2. That children being used as pawns in disputes among warring parties or between feuding parents may be spared from harm, find safety in their schools and homes, and be able to grow in peace, security, and happiness. We pray to the Lord.
  3. That the spirit of the widow who contributed from her poverty may inspire in us a determination to provide service to those in need despite challenges and inconveniences that we might face. We pray to the Lord.
  4. That we may give honor to the veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces through our prayers, respect, and gratitude. We pray to the Lord.
  5. That those veterans who have been damaged in body, mind, or spirit by the horrors of war may find creative medical care and supportive families and communities that will renew them and bring them peace. We pray to the Lord.
  6. That Fr. Christopher may be strong in resisting the injustices he has endured, stay close to Jesus in his shared suffering, and be confident in the Resurrection. We pray to the Lord.
  7. That those who were victorious in last week’s election may prepare to exercise their offices as selfless servants who seek the well-being of our country, our states, our districts, and all people. We pray to the Lord.
  8. That those who are facing the ravages of cancer and the difficulties of their treatments may remain strong in their resolve and confident in the Lord’s love and care for them. We pray to the Lord.
  9. That those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom may be welcomed into heaven and live forever in the eternal freedom of God’s love. We pray to the Lord.
  10. For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.

O God, in these troubled times of random violence and disrespect, we ask that you hear our prayers and answer us in ways that enable us not to seek high places of honor but to place our gifts at the service of others.  We humbly make our prayers through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

2 thoughts on “Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, November 11, 2018”

  1. I just came home from our ‘ women’s reflection group ‘ at our parish…..12 women, all ages and backgrounds—… and we discussed this reading…….. it was discussed as a ‘concern’ about any outward show of wealth in our church .

    and how it might be perceived by strangers to our religion–or even to people who belong to our church -like some of us— as a ‘negative thing’ that distracts from the Gospel ‘message’
    .. ….
    –and there seemed to be a desire or longing to return to or new effort to work to keep a simplicity in vestments worn by some priests —
    perhaps it would be better or O K to dress in plain white vestments…or ??

    and bishops too should not have to flaunt any outward show of their ‘position’ in the church… they too can dress simply …we do o not need to distinguish one level of worker from another–….
    it would be good to keep vestments priests wear the same for all and as simple as Jesus would want and intended and He wore! It would not lessen the honor that they show for the work they do to bring people to the simple message of God. They are servants of the people…. not the honored ones. Jesus is the guest of honor… ….

    I just think it would be a good thing to mention this to some priests that we are all alike- no one to be treated more specially–
    and we are all loved by God. –EQUALLY LOVED – we are all special and all loved by God..
    Dress down days for the clergy! ?? KEEP IT SIMPLE!

    I think you know what I mean ..sincerely, Mary Jo


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