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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Intercessions ~ Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Leaf Mustard in the Green Time

In the raising of the widow's son at Nain/ we witness and pray to share the Lord's awareness,/ his compassion and generous call to life./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for Pope Francis in this June-month of the Sacred Heart./ And for Christians everywhere to know and extend the love of Christ to a wearied world./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who work difficult jobs in the care of the elderly,/ the sick and the needy./ And for teachers and students as their school year comes to a close./ We pray to the Lord.

As we return to the green time in the liturgical year,/ we ask for the green-ing of peace where there is terrorism,/ war,/ argument and division./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask blessings for our Sunday worship/ and that of church-goers around the world./ For our prayer to be attentive and heart-felt./ And for communities whose churches have been destroyed or closed./ We pray to the Lord.

Grant a national restoration/ as in this political time we see ourselves taken down to a very low human place./ We ask for leadership that is wise/ and committed to what is best for all./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those who are trapped and exploited in wars,/ especially mindful of children,/ the elderly and those who are weak and left behind./ We pray  too for those who have died this week and for those who take life./ We pray to the Lord.


10 comments:

  1. And let us pray for the non church-goers, that they may be called back into community worship and a strengthening of their faith.

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  2. And let's keep the prayer ball rolling - that they would experience a personal and heart-felt welcome upon returning, that in the singing of hymns they truly glorify God with full heart and voice, that they would hear the Word of God preached with relevance and intelligence and that the people who receive Holy Communion would not form a procession out the door with the Sacred Host still in their mouths. Yes!? Catholicism is the largest Christian denomination in this country. The second largest denomination is fallen-away Catholics. We need to talk with these folks to see what's up with them - what's happened? And then to ask ourselves quite honestly, "What are we inviting them back into?" We need to pray about these things for sure, but we also need to act. Our worship should convince people of the existence of a God who is loving, near, creating and re-creating, merciful, patient, hopeful, gathering and kind.

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  3. As much as that is all true, there should be some responsibility on us to make the effort to attend Mass. We are there to receive the gift of the Eucharist. It should not matter if we have human reassurance or not. God is God and is all loving, near, merciful, hopeful, gathering and kind. It is nice to feel a sense of community when at Church, but it isn't about that. I understand that people leave the church for various reasons, but I think much of it has to do with shear laziness and a lack of priority.

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    1. For sure! But I wouldn't reduce having a sense of community on Sunday to just being "nice." Something is off if people feel more of a sense of community and connection at a sporting event, the beach or a mall. We've lost our sense of the invisible. Mass isn't a private affair - it's the movement and worship and even the "feast" of a community. It would be nice if the person who wanders in might feel that. Maybe even catch the sense of "something is happening here; maybe I'll come back." We live in the age of entertainment. When the priest and choir try to entertain people it's often awful - but a sense of something happening, other than putting in your time - that's powerful!

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    2. Amen Father. You're spot on in your assessment.

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  4. Stephanie RetagliattaJune 2, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Thank you Father. Your Intercessions help prepare my thoughts for the week. I think about which Sunday is coming and the many important intentions to pray for, many whom I wouldn't think of, but am happy to include. I add you to my prayers as well, that you may continue your guiding work. My spiritual light in this dark world.

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  5. I wouldn't even know where to begin except for my experience of church this week. Two funerals . An aunts mother of 100 years. A beautiful farewell based on the rich liturgy of the church. Glory given to God inspite of the pain and anger of the fallen church of man. The other, a cousins farewell based on the liturgy of mankind. Basically on the glory of man because of the hatred and betrayals of mankind in the church. An emptiness which only God can fill in each of our hearts.

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    1. The funeral Mass is generally "successful" in the church because people bring to it a felt need. When felt need is absent, the liturgy can become an empty form - the "doing" of a ritual. We need to find our way into that inner felt-place each Sunday. Emotion belongs at Mass.

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  6. kindness is a great tool for so many things. I didn't often see it as a child in school. Church was not a cheerful place but I did learn to pray. It has remained a go to for many things. Your right emotion does belong at mass. How many times we try to hold back the tears. Here I am Lord, I need you to empty me of all the stuff.

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  7. One of the most powerful things I ever see is someone weeping on the Communion line. Remember the scripture line we hear on Ash Wednesday: "Let the priests weep at the altar."

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