17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Let us pray for the faith to recognise God’s presence in our world.
God our Father, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendour of creation, in the beauty of human life.
Touched by your hand our world is holy.
Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters, and to experience the joy of life in your presence.
God our Father and protector, without you nothing is holy, nothing has value.
First Opening Prayer
Though I walk in the midst of affliction, you give me life and frustrate my foes.
Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.
The one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.
I go to my favourite place to spend some time with the Lord. If it helps, I light a candle as a visible reminder of his presence. To achieve some measure of inner stillness, I repeat a familiar phrase, for example, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ or ’O Lord, come to my help’.
After a few moments, I focus on how I am feeling. I acknowledge it, knowing that my loving God accepts me as I am today.
¨ I read the Opening Prayer slowly, perhaps pausing after the first line. Do I sometimes find it hard to recognise God’s presence in my world?
¨ I try and bring to mind a particular place, a special person, an event where my eyes were opened to the beauty of his creation. In this moment, how did I feel?
¨ I ask the Lord to help me be more aware of the gifts he has given me and to show me how I can share them with others.
¨ With joy and gratitude, I thank him for his presence. When I am ready, I slowly take my leave with a ‘Glory be …’