18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C


Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father

and from Christ Jesus our Lord

be with you all.     (1Tim.1:2)

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Possessions exercise a big hold on our hearts.
The result is that we often forget the more important things in life.
Jesus urges us to ‘make ourselves rich in the sight of God.’.
In truth, all of us are poor before God.   [pause]

With empty hands and hearts we stand before the Lord and ask for forgiveness and healing..  [pause]

Lord Jesus, you challenge us to reach out to the needy
rather than accumulate things we do not really need:

Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you advise us to avoid greed in all its forms:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you teach us that our true treasure is in heaven:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

O God,
the giver of every gift that endures,
only by your grace can we rightly understand the wonder of life
and why it is given to us.

By the word of your Son
confront our greed and self-importance,
and shape our lives in accordance with the gospel.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

Creator God,
Lord and giver of life,
how generous you are to all your creatures.
With such generosity ever before our eyes,
help us to avoid greed in all its forms,
to measure life’s worth
not by the quantity of possessions,
but by the life and love we freely place at the service of others.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


P       Often in life we don’t know what we want or what is truly important.  Let us, therefore, pray for the gift of wisdom that we may get our priorities in tune with those of the Gospel.

Our response is:      Lord, we place all our trust in you.

Please repeat:

  1. For the followers of Christ(pause) that they may not judge success in life by the amount of money they earn or the possessions that they manage to acquire.  We pray:
  2. For our political leaders and the wealthy among us:  (pause) that they may work untiringly to ensure a radical redistribution of the riches of our country.  We pray:
  3. For ourselves(pause) that we may realize that the most valuable things in life are those which no money can buy – things such as health, friendships, peace of mind and goodness of heart. We pray:
  4. For the refugees of the world, especially those in ___________.  (pause) May the richer countries of the world increase their efforts to bring aid so that a humanitarian catastrophe can be averted.  We pray:

    [The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant[

 P    Provident Father, cleanse our hearts of greed for material things and from envy of others, and clothe us with generosity and compassion. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord, look upon our gifts,
drawn from the good things you have given us.
Let us not store up treasures for ourselves,
but grow rich in those things that are pleasing to you.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

With trust in God’s daily care for us, we now pray:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and set us free from all attachments
that keep us from giving ourselves to you and to your people.
Help us to ‘make ourselves rich in the sight of God’
as we prepare in hope for the coming in glory of your Son –
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to the crowd:
“Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign  of Peace

Everything else will pass away but love will remain forever.
Let us give each other a sign of Christian love.

Optional Prayer during the ‘Breaking of Bread’

As we share this bread,
we proclaim our willingness
to build a community of love,
to be the holy people
that God calls us to be.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus our Lord,
who became poor to make us rich in wisdom and love.
Blessed are we to receive him as the Father’s free gift.

Prayer after Communion

Lord and Giver of Life,
you want us to enjoy the good things of life
but you warn us not to let them become our masters.

Give us the wisdom to remember
that, however much we have, we are still poor
if we do not have your Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior.

And we ask all this in the power of his name.  AMEN.


May God give you strength.


May God show you mercy.


May God fill your heart with love.


And may God bless you,

+   Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



A       As disciples of Christ,

let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord.


      Seeking to be disciples who share generously and serve humbly,

go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: 18th Ordinary – C

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