Liturgy Alive Saturday, January 21, 2012
Our saving God,
you have shown your people mercy
in your Son, Jesus Christ.
May we belong to him,
that we may come to love him deeply
and in this way, know him as he is,
and also know you as our Father.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading Introduction
A messenger comes to announce to David that King Saul and his Son Jonathan have died in battle and David mourns them deeply, even though Saul had sought David's life.
The few verses of today's Gospel tell us no more than that the crowd was so eager to hear Jesus' message, that they left him and the disciples not even the time to eat.
– For ourselves and our communities, that all of us may be less demanding but more attentive to one another and serve one another's needs and more, we pray:
– For the many who serve us in various needs, servants, repairmen, drivers, nurses, and all the others, too many to name, that we may be grateful to them, we pray:
– For those wounded and belittled by our words and conduct, that they may forgive us and inspire us to respect others more, we pray:
Prayer over the Gifts
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the disciples of Emmaus recognized your Son
in the breaking of bread.
Allow us to know him too,
when here he breaks for us
the life-giving bread of the Eucharist.
May knowing him mean for us
loving him too
and by loving him, may we know him better.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Lord.
Prayer after Communion
God our Father,
in this Eucharist we have begun
to know Jesus a bit better
because he has spoken to us
and shared himself with us at his table.
May we lead others to know him
as the saving Lord of all,
who has brought forgiveness and life,
and may we praise you through him
as our living God, for ever and ever.
The people left Jesus and his disciples no time to eat. How eager are we to know Jesus and his Good News? May we come to know him well; then we will also know well what our life is all about. May Almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.