Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time C, November 03, 2019
We seek the Lord, as did Zacchaeus, often unable to see him because of our shortcomings. We offer these prayers in hope that we will find tall sycamores that raise us up in wisdom and vision.
- That the Church may be resolute in its commitment to justice, truth, and compassion with zeal that permeates all its members. We pray to the Lord.
- That the leaders of the world may seek peace by putting aside past differences and cultural pride in the best interests of all people. We pray to the Lord.
- That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together. We pray to the Lord.
- That the bishops of the Church who collect taxes from their people to enrich their dioceses will follow in the path of Zacchaeus the tax collector in seeking to see who Jesus is. We pray to the Lord.
- That the people of God will not grumble when others commit to turning away from sin to receive the mercy of the Lord. We pray to the Lord.
- That the victims of the fires in California and those who work to control the fires may be protected from harm and find inspired paths to recovery. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may not be so distracted by the challenges of the world that we fail to observe the goodness and beauty that surrounds us as we praise the name forever of our king and our God. We pray to the Lord.
- That Fr. Christopher may not tire in his efforts for justice knowing that we join with St. Paul in praying that God will keep him worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every effort of faith. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are seriously ill, and all people of faith, may not be shaken or alarmed by knowledge that the day of the Lord approaches. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died may be welcomed into the company of all the Saints. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God, we ask that through the prayers we offer today, you will call us to come to you and stay with us, as you did Zacchaeus. May we acknowledge our sinfulness and resolve to better serve you and all people so that the salvation that came to the house of Zacchaeus may rest on our houses too. We make our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.
 Intention of Pope Francis for November, 2019