17th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 24, 2022
On this day, we celebrate the importance of prayer as we call upon the Lord for help, assured that he answers us in all our times of need.
- That the Church may be a community of prayer that turns to the Father each day confident that the Holy Spirit will be sent to inspire and lead us. We pray to the Lord.
- That as we are overwhelmed by hunger and war, all nations of the world will humbly and confidently ask the Father for daily bread, for forgiveness of all sins, and for the grace to forgive everyone in debt to them as we seek unity and fraternity. We pray to the Lord.
- That when we are blessed with many loaves of bread, we may be moved by love of neighbor to share three loaves so that those who have nothing may be satisfied. We pray to the Lord.
- That we will not be deterred in our efforts for justice by resistance, fears, and selfishness because we know that Father will give us whatever we truly need because of our persistence in prayer. We pray to the Lord.
- That Pope Francis will be strong in spirit and free of pain during his travels to Canada seeking mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation with the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people whose lives were dishonored in residential schools operated in the name of the Catholic Church. We pray to the Lord.
- That the young may celebrate this World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly by a commitment to see and know the fruits that the aging still bear even as their bodies and minds weaken. We pray to the Lord.
- That we may find ways to support and honor the elderly who are neglected, exploited, or consigned to live their last days in loneliness as part of our calling to be people who respect life in all its stages. We pray to the Lord.
- That in celebrating the Feast of St. Christopher this week, a saint known for helping people cross a dangerous river, Fr. Christopher may be renewed in his commitment to bear Christ on his shoulders despite the raging waters that he encounters. We pray to the Lord.
- That as Abraham asked the Lord for mercy and safety for the innocent people of Sodom, we may persist in asking God for protection for the innocent victims of war in Ukraine, of drought in Africa, and of violence in homes, schools, and churches. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are sickened by the excessive heat in our own nation and in other parts of the world may find cool shelter, plentiful water, and compassionate care as all people strive to restore and protect our environment. We pray to the Lord.
- That children and the elderly who have died from neglect may be embraced by the loving arms of the Lord and the eternal care of the angels and saints in heaven. We pray to the Lord.
O God, on this day we are mindful of the grandparents of your Son, Anne and Joachim, and of the elderly Abraham and Sarah. May their examples of perseverance in faith into their old age in the face of the surprises and challenges life offered them inspire us to persevere in our own prayers confident that each day when we call for help, you answer us. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.