23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Lord our God, in you justice and mercy meet.
With unparalleled love you have saved us from death and drawn us into the circle of your life.
Open our eyes to the wonders this life sets before us that we may serve you free from fear and address you as God our Father.
Open our eyes to the wonders this life sets before us, that we may serve you free from fear and address you as God our Father.
Second Opening Prayer
What person can know the intentions of God? Who can divine the will of the Lord?
Make us know the shortness of life that we may gain wisdom of heart.
None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.
I take time to still my mind and heart and to become aware of God’s presence with me and in me as I begin my prayer.
I read the prayer slowly two or three times, pondering the truths it contains. I praise and thank God for the love and life he holds out to me personally and to all who turn to him in their need.
I think of those who suffer injustice in our world today and beg God in his mercy to pour out his healing grace on them especially the refugees who seek asylum out of fear for their lives.
I look at my own life situation asking God to show me any lack of justice or mercy in the way I treat or speak of others. If I have suffered any injustice in my own life I ask to learn to forgive those who have hurt me.
I pray the Our Father – especially the phrase ‘forgive us our offences as we forgive those who have offended us.’