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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Intercessions ~ Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel today we hear the essential message of Jesus,/ which requires not that we simply conform to outer rules/ but that our inner person be changed./ We pray to remain teachable before Christ/ who leads us along this spiritual way./ We pray to the Lord.

This past week/ angry posters against the pope were secretly put up around the center of Rome./ We pray for Pope Francis to remain serene and effective/ in calling the world to the new heart of friendship and kindness./ We pray to the Lord.

It is Black History Month./ Sadly,/ racism and bigotry are thriving in our country/ as are new waves of anti-semitism./ We ask heaven's forgiveness for our nation's own self-degradation./ May we be brave and honest with ourselves/ and our need for a national soul-change./ We pray to the Lord.

Our own land is wracked with contention these days./ We pray for the safety of all/ and that we might learn the skills for restoring unity and acceptance./ May Christ bless us with something of his own mind./ We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those whose suffering is beyond our comprehension:/ those who have lost everything,/ those who fear for their children,/ those who are filled with hatred and who plan evil,/ for anyone who feels trapped and powerless./ We pray to the Lord.

The developed world is saturated with drugs./ We ask God to supply what is painfully missing within ourselves./ We entrust our families,/ friends,/ neighbors and colleagues to Christ's care,/ asking for health,/ safety,/ and freedom from addictions./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. There are so many problems to worry and pray for. I can only take these prayers one at a time as each one requires much contemplation. I feel burdened until I think of the people we are praying for and the weight that they carry. If only we could get world leaders to leave their power lust behind and focus on making the world a better and safer place.

  2. I expect God is pleased that you take these prayers one at a time instead of just reading them off - that you give your prayer that kind of attention and time. And of course you've created an additional prayer here that we may add: "We pray for those who lead all around the world,/ asking for them to leave power-lust behind/ applying energies and skills to creating a better and safer world for all./ We pray to the Lord.

  3. There is so much anger and fighting out there. Maybe, I am doing some of it too. A suggestion might be, to ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to love God more, and the problem will solve itself. Basically, it is a problem of my will and God's will for me. What do you think?

  4. I think, yes and that often we're angry and we fight because we feel powerless. We don't know who we'd be without some authority, some power. I want to give God the power. Hmmmmm. "For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours...."

  5. Most people go through life feeling powerless. What power do we have? We take free will and abuse it. Man likes to think he has power, but even the mighty will fall in the face of God. With God we all become equal.

  6. "With God we all become equal." It would be good for us to learn that and to serve each other from that place. How would that impact politics? How would that impact life in Christ's Church?