Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Little Something Extra...Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Praying the Readings

Lord Jesus, I cry for help but You do not listen! Sometimes it seems like You aren't hearing our prayers, Lord. But at those times, we need special faith to remember that You always hear and answer us. Please help us trust in You.

Why do You let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? There is misery everywhere, Lord, so many people suffering. We live in a fallen world. Jesus, please wrap those who are in pain in Your loving arms and hold them tightly.

...if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. Waiting is very difficult, Lord. Give us patience to wait for You and for the fulfillment of Your perfect plan.

...the just one, because of his faith, shall live. Fill us with faith, Lord Jesus, that we may live in holiness.

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord... We praise You, Lord, and we bless You, for You have filled our hearts with joy this holy day as we gather as one family to receive You, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in the Holy Eucharist. 

Oh, that today you would hear His voice: “Harden not your hearts...” Open our hearts today that we may hear Your voice, Lord. May we always keep our hearts flexible and pure, ready to welcome You.

...stir into flame the gift of God... Set us on fire, Lord, with the flame of Your Holy Spirit, that we may speak Your Word everywhere and live it every day in every situation.

So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord... Let us never be ashamed of being Christians, Lord, even when we are slandered and persecuted. Help us hold fast to the truth. 

Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Lord, Your Holy Spirit dwells deep within our souls. May we never lose Him through serious sin. Instead, may we guard the gifts of faith, hope, and love You have given us and strive to be true to You. 

If you have faith the size of a mustard seed... Our faith is so small and so weak. Strengthen our faith, Lord, and let it grow strong that You may work through us always. 

We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do. Lord, give us the humility we need to rely on You for everything and to recognize that our salvation is Your free gift to us. May we always accept it with wide open hearts.


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