21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr C
O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose,
grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise,
that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found.
The Lord says this: I am coming to gather the nations of every language. They shall come to witness my glory.
Strong is the Lord’s love for us; he is faithful for ever.
If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.
Men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the Kingdom of God.
Lord, bestow graciously on us the gifts of unity and peace in your Church.
Prayer after the Offerings
The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord.
As I come to my place of prayer I pause for a moment, and look at God as God looks at me. What do we see as we look at each other?
What’s in my heart as I look at God, and what do I imagine is in God’s heart as God looks at me? In this moment of encounter, I share with God my experience of the week.
Today’s readings invite me to reflect on God’s image of the Kingdom; my own perceptions of the Kingdom, and membership of the Kingdom, which have very little or perhaps nothing to do with Church membership, but have everything to do with being a Kingdom person.
I ask God to make me totally one with him so that God’s view of the Kingdom is mine, and God’s values are my values.
I close my prayer with an Our Father, desiring with all my heart that God’s Kingdom will come.