10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
O God from whom all good things come,
grant that we, who call on you in our need,
may at your prompting discern what is right,
and by your guidance do it.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ …
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I dread?
The Lord listened and had pity. The Lord came to my help. For me you have changed my mourning into dancing; O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my saving strength.
Father in heaven, words cannot measure the boundaries of love for those born to new life in Christ Jesus. Raise us beyond the limits this world imposes, so that we may be free to love as Christ teaches and find our joy in your glory.
Old Opening Prayer
When the Lord saw her/me, he felt sorry for her/me. ‘Do not cry,’ he said.
I consider how I am feeling as I come to pray with this week’s liturgy; what sort of week have I had …?
I ask for the grace to give thanks for what has been.
Throughout the week, the triumphant note running through the scriptures gives me heart to look forward in hope.
The first reading and the Gospel each have a story of God’s great compassion as he restores the dead to life. The joyful psalm continues the theme, singing praises to the Lord who transforms our ‘mourning into dancing’. St Paul describes his dramatic transformation following his response to God’s ‘call through grace’. The words of the Opening Prayer link Paul’s experience to mine, ultimately leading me to pray for the grace to do ’what is right’.
Today and each day of the coming week, I give myself time to relax into my prayer, consciously coming into the transforming presence of God.
I allow myself to be led by the Holy Spirit.