33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Let us pray with hearts that long for peace …
Father in heaven, ever-living source of all that is good,
from the beginning of time you promised us salvation through the future coming of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Help us to drink of his truth and expand our hearts with the joy of his promises,
so that we may serve you in faith and in love and know for ever the joy of your presence.
Today as we come to the end of the Church's year and, in Britain, remember all those who have died in conflicts all over the world to ensure our peace and freedom, we get in touch with what is really important forus: our deepest desires and longings – the gifts of salvation, of eternal life with God, of true peace.
My plans for you are for peace, not disaster; when you call to me, I will listen to you.
I pray with a heart that longs for peace.
He will rule the world with justice and the people with fairness.
You will be hated on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.
It is good for me to be with the Lord and to put my hope in him.
As always I try to settle down, become still, and aware that I am in God’s presence. I consciously join my prayer with that of millions of Christians throughout the world this Sunday. I slowly read the prayer several times.
It might be helpful to reflect on how God is addressed …
I notice his ‘cosmic’ promise to all people – ‘salvation’ …
I now focus on the request at the end of this prayer, and consciously draw on the power of God’s Spirit praying within me, to help me make these words my own.
Through this same gentle power of God’s Spirit, may these words truly take hold of my heart, mind and will during the course of the week and beyond. I slowly end my prayer giving heartfelt thanks to God.