Liturgy Alive Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Lord God, loving Father,
through Jesus Christ, your living Word
you address yourself today
to each of us personally
and as a community of faith.
May we live as we believe
as hearers and doers of your word,
and like you and your Son,
be compassionate and care
often for those neglected by society,
the needy, the abandoned, the distressed.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading Introduction
James tells us that if we believe in a message of life and hope, real faith and real worship of God consist in doing what we believe in, and in reflecting in our attitude and deeds God's love for us by being concerned about people far and near, especially those who are neglected and suffer much. Is this the kind of faith we have?
The theme of yesterday is continued in today's reading. We should not ask for extraordinary signs but learn to see God's presence and saving action in the events of life. The apostles have seen the signs Jesus worked among them. We too, should open our eyes and ears to the good things God does among us.
– For the Church, that like Christ it may preach the Good News to the poor and set the downtrodden free, we pray:
– For our friends and enemies in need, that we may open our hearts and hands to improve their lot and to restore their faith in the justice and friendship of people, we pray:
– For those who live in abundance, that they may become more concerned about the needy and the quality of life than about amassing more wealth, we pray:
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God,
the message of Jesus, your Son,
became flesh and blood in his life and death.
He lived as he taught.
In this bread and this wine,
we place ourselves and our willingness
to let his death and life
become flesh and blood in us,
that we may proclaim by what we are and do
that he is our Lord and Savior for ever.
Prayer after Communion
Lord our God,
we have listened to your Son
and joined him in his thanks and praise to you.
Come to the aid of our frailty
and let Jesus bring you through us
the pure, unspoiled worship
of helping our brothers and sisters in need
and of breaking the bonds of evil,
that we may be free with the freedom
of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Among the signs of God, we have to learn to see the destitute, about whom Jesus says, "What you do to the least of your brothers and sisters, you do to me." They are Jesus for us. May God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit