Liturgy Alive 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Greetings

We must run with perseverance
the race we have entered,
with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
May the Lord Jesus give you that strength you need
and be always with you. 
R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant

A. I Have Come To Bring Fire
Today the Lord confronts us with the question: How fiery is your love? How fervent is your faith? Can our faith accept contradiction and ridicule without reducing us to silence? Perhaps we are resigned to the evil in us and in the world and do not stand up for what is right and good. If we love the Lord and people enough, we do not tolerate an easy peace that puts our conscience to sleep. In this Eucharist we pray to the Lord for the fire of his Spirit.

B. No Easy Peace
Is there anyone of sound mind who doesn't want peace? Jesus promised: "I leave you peace; my peace I give you," and he meant it. Yet today we hear him say: "I am here to bring you not peace but rather division." Is there not a contradiction here? No, for he simply wants to say: My peace and your peace must not be a guilty peace of compromises with evil. It is a peace that allows itself to be disturbed by injustice and wrongdoing that contradicts our faith. We are here together with the Lord who gave up his own peace to accept even death so that we might be free and happy.

Penitential Act

A. I Have Come To Bring Fire 
Where is the fire of our love and our faith?
Let us examine ourselves before the Lord.
(pause)
Lord Jesus, you came to bring us your fire:
Kindle in us the fire of a courageous faith.
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you came to bring us your fire:
Kindle in us the power of a love
that commits itself to you and to people.
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you came to bring us your fire:
let it wake us up from our indifference and fears.
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Forgive us, Lord, for we have been lukewarm.
Give us the quiet courage to live our faith deeply
and to love without hesitation.
Lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.

B. No Easy Peace
The responsibilities of faith and love
at times disturb our easy peace. 
We ask forgiveness from the Lord
that we have not allowed ourselves to be disturbed when needed.
(pause)
"Do not disturb," we say,
and we silence our conscience.
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
"Do not disturb," we say,
and we close our eyes to the needs of our neighbor.
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
"Do not disturb," we say,
and we tolerate injustice and discrimination.
Lord, have mercy.R/ Lord, have mercy.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
and forgive us our cowardice.
Light in us the fire of your Spirit
and lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.

Opening Prayer

Let us pray that we may follow Jesus
without fear or guilty compromise
(pause)
God our Father,
by his life and death your Son showed us
the stony road that leads us to life and love.
Let the fire of his Spirit burn in us,
that we may reject easy compromises with evil,
with guilty, uncommitted peace,
and silent complicity in iniquity.
Make us honest and straightforward like Jesus,
so that with him we may put your will and love
above everything else.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading Introduction: A Prophet Not To Be Silenced
      It would have been easy for Jeremiah the prophet to keep silent. But the Spirit made him speak up to the leaders and tell them that they were wrong and that they made him suffer for it.

 

Second Reading Introduction:  Jesus Brings Our Faith To Perfection
      
Our faith should be strong enough to make us follow Jesus even when the road of life is difficult and our faith is tested.

Gospel Introduction: I Have Come To Bring Fire

     Faith brings to the disciple of Jesus not an easy peace, but struggle, tension, and contradiction, for the disciple has to follow the master on the way of the cross.

General Intercessions

Let us ask the Lord Jesus that he may fill his Church and the world with the fire of his love and life. Let us say: R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
• Jesus, set your Church afire with the flame of a deep concern to bring your Good News to all. May the Good News dialogue with the world, and with its aspirations and needs. We pray you: R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
• Jesus, inflame all Christian Churches with a passion to work untiringly toward unity in you. We pray you: R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
• Jesus, inflame the leaders of nations with the fire of seeking justice and peace for our world, and respect for the human dignity of all. We pray you: R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
• Jesus, give the fire of your strength to all who have to pass through the fire of suffering, failure, and discrimination, and keep them from discouragement. We pray you: R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
• Jesus, light your fire again in those whose faith has become lukewarm or who have lost the way to you. We pray you: R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
• Lord, inflame our hearts with the fire of your love. Make us recognize and serve you in our neighbor, especially in the poorest. We pray you:R/ Lord, put our hearts afire.
Lord Jesus, make our hearts burn with your love as we hear your Word and eat from your table, now and for ever. R/ Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts

Our God and Father,
we bring before you bread and wine,
gifts of peace and joy.
In our struggles and tensions,
may we never buy an easy peace
by sacrificing for the sake of our own comfort,
the truth and justice demanded by the gospel.
May we not fail in the service we owe our neighbor.
Nourish our hesitant faith
with the body and blood of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer

By his death Jesus paid the price for his fidelity to people and to goodness and truth. Let us offer ourselves with him and ask for his strength, that we may give all praise to the Father.

Invitation to the Lord's Prayer

In faith and hope
we pray to our Father in heaven
in the words of Jesus our Lord:
R/ Our Father...

Deliver Us

Deliver us Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Let it not be the easy peace
that comes from self-contentment
or the lack of involvement,
but an interior peace
which accepts the struggles of faith
and which dares to opt
for the challenging way of the loving service
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
R/ For the kingdom...

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus our Lord,
who accepted the cross
and disregarded its shame
to lead us in our faith.
He invites us to his table
to inflame us with faith and love. 
R/ Lord, I am not worthy...

Prayer after Communion

God our Father,
your Son has spoken to us
his stirring, challenging Word
and shared his own strength with us.
Send us out to live our faith
in all its consequences,
and even to be, if necessary,
a sign of contradiction, like your Son.
But sustain us in faith
and give us endurance,
that with Jesus your Son
we may live in your joy and peace
for ever and ever. R/ Amen.

Blessing

Jesus brought fire on earth
to burn with a bright flame.
May our living faith be
such a fire and such a flame,
with the blessing of Almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
Let us go in peace and live our faith. 
R/ Thanks be to God.

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