|"For I was thirsty and you gave me to drink." Matthew 25:35|
On the Feast of Christ the King/ we ask for a moral and political revolution/ based on the teachings of Jesus and his demand that we care for the least of our brothers and sisters./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for Pope Francis/ who later this month travels to the Asian nation of Myanmar/ a country suffering painful, internal divisions./ May the pope's trip be a safe one/ and his message promote reconciliation,/ healing and peace./ We pray to the Lord.
Thursday is the Feast of the Apostle Andrew/ who in the Gospels often introduced people to Jesus./ We ask that our Church would be marked by a generous hospitality:/ that no one would feel alienated for lack of welcome./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for people with knotted hearts:/ white supremists,/ unrepentant prisoners,/ bigots,/ terrorists and anti-semites./ We pray for the many who confuse partisan loyalty/ with the highest good./ We pray to the Lord.
We pray for our stressed planet:/ that plant and animal species are rapidly becoming extinct,/ that the planet is undeniably warming,/ that a global nuclear war would put most of the world's population at risk,/ that an acre of forest disappears every second./ Give us reverential hearts and minds./ We pray to the Lord.
For those who gather around us at Mass this last Sunday of the liturgical year./ May these many weeks of Word and Sacrament,/ now bear in us the fruit of love,/ compassion and justice./ We pray to the Lord.