4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 23 Jan 2017
Painting of Jesus giving the sermon on the mount by Károly Ferenczy

Let us pray,
joining in the praise of the living God for we are his people.
Father in heaven, from the days of Abraham and Moses until this gathering of your Church in prayer,
you have formed a people in the image of your Son.
Bless this people with the gift of your kingdom.
May we serve you with our every desire and show love for one another even as you have loved us.

May we serve you with our every desire and show love for one another even as you have loved us.
Opening Prayer 

Seek the Lord all you humble of the earth, who obey his commands.
First Reading (Isaiah 58:7-10)

God chose what is foolish by human reckoning ... those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones whom God has chosen.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 2:1-5) 

Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account … for your reward will be great in heaven.
Gospel (Matthew 5:13-16)

I visualise Jesus with the crowd. I wonder what the poor, oppressed, and powerless among them felt. I look at my own life; do I really believe these truths are for here and now; that even in the worst of situations God’s Spirit will comfort and strengthen me and fill me with God’s inner peace? I pray for deep faith and trust.
I end by thanking God for the gift of faith and by praying for those who do not know God and his saving love.

What does the week hold for me, and how do I feel God may be calling me? What do I want to ask of God for myself and others?