24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Father in heaven Creator of all,
look down upon your people in their moments of need,
for you alone are the source of our peace.
Bring us to the dignity which distinguishes the poor in spirit.
Father, look down on your people in their need.
A pure heart create for me, O God; put a steadfast spirit within me.
May the Father enlighten our minds so that we may see what hope his call holds for us.
There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.
Father, when your children sinned and wandered far from your friendship, you reunited them with yourself through the blood of your Son and the power of the Holy Spirit.
As I prepare for prayer, I become still … I focus on God waiting for me – for me alone, for me his very dear friend. I come into his presence and share with him the past week. I notice how God responds to what I share.
I read the opening prayer slowly … perhaps more than once. I notice those words/phrases/ ideas that catch my attention. I ponder them … and talk with God about them.
Perhaps I talk about my needs at this time. Perhaps I remember times when I was conscious of God’s peace deep down inside me.
What did this peace feel like? Where is it present in or absent from our world today? Maybe I am drawn to pray for peace – for people I know, for myself, for our world.
I bring my prayer to a close by re-reading the opening prayer, making it personal, or by saying the Lord’s Prayer.