Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, A, February 23, 2020
We offer our failings to the Lord, knowing that recognizing our faults is the first step to overcoming them and living more faithfully as the beloved children of God.
- That the Church may be cleansed of hatred so that all its members may faithfully live the exhortation of God, “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” We pray to the Lord.
- That leaders of nations locked in war will respond to the urgings of Jesus to love their enemies and seek reconciliation and peace with those with whom they do battle. We pray to the Lord.
- That victims of persecution who find constant obstacles to practicing their faith may persist and find relief through love of their enemies and prayer for those who persecute them. We pray to the Lord.
- Recognizing that the sun rises on the bad and the good and the rain falls on the just and the unjust, may we strive with humility to be among the good and just and draw all people to Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
- That tax collectors, public servants, and elected officials will act with honesty and with love for those whom they have been called to serve. We pray to the Lord.
- That bishops and church employees will recognize that their roles in the Church are not to sow division and create enemies but to work for reconciliation within parishes and between diverse faith communities. We pray to the Lord.
- That the corona virus will be overcome through scientific insight, compassionate care for its victims, and recognition of the need for love that overcomes divisions in helping all who are affected by this illness. We pray to the Lord.
- That the enmity which separates Fr. Christopher from his ministry may be overcome by zealous adherence to Jesus command of love of enemies and prayer for persecutors. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may look toward Lent as a season for examining our failings, abandoning our claims of being wise, accepting those for whom we harbor grudges, and truly recognizing that the Lord is kind and merciful, showing compassion to all his children. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are beset with the flu, seasonal viruses, and longer term illnesses may be restored to health as examples of how spiritual and social illnesses may also be healed. We pray to the Lord.
- That those families and friends who have died may be pardoned all their iniquities and be crowned with kindness and compassion as they enter into the eternal life of perfection with the Father. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God, we recognize the great challenge of living our lives with love for both friends and foes. We ask that you change our hearts that we may be able to greet not only our brothers but all whom we encounter on our journey back to you. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.