31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C

Greeting


Blessed be the Lord our God,
who overlooks people’s sins so that they may repent.
May his love and forgiveness be with you.

B
May the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.   (based on 2nd Reading)

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A
In today’s Gospel we are introduced to Zacchaeus. He was a man who sought happiness in riches and power, but did not find it there.
In receiving Jesus into his home and his life, he found freedom and lasting peace.

B
Today’s gospel is a shocking one.
Jesus went to stay with a man whom the community despised.
He did that because he was thinking, not of himself, but of the other person’s need.
How often we do what will make us popular, rather than what is right!
We go where we are most welcome, rather than where we are most needed.  In many ways we betray the Gospel.   (pause)

A & B

Let us ask Jesus our Savior for pardon and peace.  (pause)

Lord, Jesus, you are kind and full of compassion:

Lord, have mercy.

You are slow to anger and abounding in love:

Christ, have mercy.

You support all who fall, and raise up all who are bowed down:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer


Just and merciful God,
true Lord of every home,
come into our midst today
to speak your word.

Enable us to welcome you with joy,
and to give mercy and forgiveness a place in our lives.

Grant 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.

B
What do you look like, O God of compassion?
A shepherd who carries the lost sheep home;
a woman who sweeps the whole house to find a single coin;
a father who never gives up hope
that his wayward son will come home to be loved.

Count us among the children of the covenant,
among those sinners who are found by Jesus
who has come into our world to seek out and save what was lost.

We make our prayer 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.

                                    GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       To the God who can do all things and who is merciful to all, let us pray in the name of Jesus, the friend of outcasts and the guest of sinners.

CM      Our response is:      Lord, hear us in your love.

Please repeat:

  1. May our politicians and Government Officials follow the example of Zacchaeus and be open to accept responsibility for the wrongs they may have done and be ready to make amends for them.  We pray:
  2. For all those who are regarded as outcasts of society(pause)
    that, like Christ, we may have the courage and generosity to befriend them. We pray:
  3. That those in prison may not lose hope, but may look forward to freedom and integration with the community where they can rebuild their lives. We pray:
  4. That we may all learn from the example of Zacchaeus who, after one encounter with Christ, changed his life completely.  We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P       God of mercy, we know that you will never forsake us. May this give us hope and serve as a model in our dealings with others. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate Father,
your Son Jesus did not condemn outcasts and sinners
but shared their table.
In his presence they found the courage to stand up and walk with dignity.

As we bring ourselves and our gifts before you
we ask you to accept us as you accepted Zacchaeus.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Suggested Preface:   Ordinary Time VIII

 Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

In the name of Jesus the Lord
we now ask our heavenly Father to forgive us
as we forgive those who sin against us.

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
In your mercy keep us free from the sin
of condemning people to their past.
Help us to seek out and befriend those that are ‘lost’
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Zacchaeus:

“I must stay at your house today.”

You ate with outcasts and sinners
in order to let them know that they too were precious to God.
Help us to reach out to those
who feel that they are rejected by society
so that we will all enjoy the peace of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

In a spirit of humility,
and conscious of being equal in God’s sight,
we offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.

Invitation to Communion

Behold the Lord Jesus
who has come to seek out and to save the lost.
Blessed are we to be invited to his holy banquet.

Prayer after Communion

Merciful God,
today we have been the guests of Jesus, your Son.

Today we may meet people who crave for a smile,
wait for a kind word,
or look for a sign of friendship.

Do not allow us to pass them by with unseeing eyes
but help us to respond to them as did Jesus to Zacchaeus.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Blessing

May the Lord of salvation dwell within you.

AMEN.

May the Lord inspire you to welcome the sinner.

AMEN

May the Lord be merciful to you and give you peace.

AMEN.

And may the blessing of God,

+  the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

come down upon you and remain with you for ever.

AMEN.

Dismissal

Our celebration is ended.

Go now and welcome Jesus into your homes.

Download printable file here: 31st-Ordinary-c

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