30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Let us pray for the strength to do God’s will.
Almighty and ever-living God, strengthen our faith, hope and love.
May we do with loving hearts what you ask of us
and come to share the life you promise.
Today’s readings emphasise that God loves the weak – those who admit their need of him. He promises that if we trust him, he will always be with us.
Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek always the face of the Lord.
God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
The humble man’s prayer pierces the clouds.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save.
Everyone deserted me … But the Lord stood by me and gave me power.
I begin my prayer desiring to be still, to listen to God, and to be open to him. Do not rush – maybe you only have time for one phrase at the moment … That’s OK!
Ponder it – what does it mean to me today? How does it make me feel? What do I desire now?
Now slowly from within, at a level deeper than words, I ‘speak’ to the Lord from my heart.
Now I lapse back into silence – delighting at being with the Lord. Can I now say and truly mean: ‘May I do with a loving heart what you, Lord, are asking of me …?
I end my prayer (no matter how short it has been) giving thanks.