Blessed be the Lord who hears the cry of the poor.
May his grace and peace be with you.
Introduction and Litany of Praise
A In today’s Gospel we hear the story about a rich man who feasted sumptuously every day and refused to share even the crumbs from his table with a starving beggar at his gate.
Try to picture the scene. (pause)
We are all tainted with selfishness.
We don’t find it easy to share our possessions with others.
We find it even harder to share ourselves with them.
But we are all beggars before God.
We need his forgiveness especially for our refusal to share.
Let us ask for this forgiveness. (pause)
B The Eucharist is a celebration where sisters and brothers sit at the same table. To discriminate against the poor and the weak is to fail to recognize the Body of Christ.
Are we worthy to take part in this celebration?
Let us now examine ourselves. (pause)
A & B We see so much suffering around us, yet we are not affected;
we think only of ourselves:
Lord, have mercy.
Even today, Lazarus is the name of those who go hungry because they only get the crumbs that fall from the tables of rich nations: Christ, have mercy.
It is a fact of life that those who are greedy and unconcerned with the plight of others can never be truly happy:
Lord, have mercy.
God of the poor and the powerless,
you reach out to us,
in every empty hand,
in every hungry person.
Teach us to understand sin
not only as doing evil
but also as failing to do good.
Open our eyes to see you,
and our hands to serve you
in everyone we meet.
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 We come before our God who loves the just and raises up those who are bowed down. Let us pray that God will bless the Church and the world with a new spirit of justice and compassion.
CM Our response is: Lord, teach us to share.
- May the rich among us realize that there is more to life than the accumulation and enjoyment of wealth, and that it is ‘more blessed to give than to receive’.
- For all the poor who sit patiently waiting for someone to invite them to the banquet of life. We pray:
- That the leaders of nations may come to appreciate the fact that too much money is being wasted on weapons of destruction and not enough on the welfare of peoples. We pray:
- That we may be moved by the message of the gospel to be more generous in our use of time and money and the promotion of justice in our world. We pray:
- Today we remember the thousands of Filipino seafarers and their families.
May they remain strong in times of temptation and loneliness.
And may prayer and love be the unbreakable bond that unites them. We pray:
[The Presider may wish to add a petition that is topical / relevant]
P Lord, you said that whatever we do to the least of our sisters and brothers we do unto you. May we put this into practice. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Prayer over the Gifts
God of mercy and compassion,
look upon our gifts,
drawn from the good things you have given us.
May they inspire us to share what we have with others.
Accept the poverty of our own hearts
and may you be our only and lasting treasure.
Grant this in the name of Jesus, the Lord. AMEN.
Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer
Recognizing that we are all poor before our Father in heaven,
we pray with confidence the prayer of Jesus:
Deliver us Lord
Deliver us, Lord, from selfishness
that closes our hearts and hands
to the needs of the people around us.
Help us to free your people from want and fear
as we prepare for the manifestation
of the King of kings and Lord of lords,
our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Peace
The Prophet Isaiah said:
‘They will hammer their swords into plough-shares,
and their spears into sickles.
Nations will not lift sword against nation,
and there will be no more war or training for war.’
Lord, grant that the world may turn away from terrorism and war,
so that all of God’s children
may enjoy the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.
Sign of Peace
As children of the God of peace,
let us offer one another
a sign of reconciliation and peace.
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus
who invites us to share this meal with him
and to learn from him how to share with others.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
Prayer after Communion
God, who gives life to all things,
from your bounty we have received the bread from heaven.
We ask that it renew our hope and strength,
so that we may be always ready to share what we have
with those who need our help.
Grant this in the name of Jesus the Lord. AMEN.
A May the Lord be above you to bless you,
about you to protect you,
within you to empower you. AMEN.
B St Clement wrote this blessing:
“The wisdom of God
is not bought with earthly money
but with the money of justice,
the coin of gold.
May the world know the wisdom of God
by the justice of your ways”. AMEN.
A & B May the blessings of our Generous God,
+ Father, Son and Holy Spirit
descend upon you
and remain with you for ever. AMEN.
In this Eucharist we have sat at the table of the Lord.
Now let us go and share what we have received with our sisters and brothers.