Liturgy Alive Saturday, February 15, 2014
To those who are not filled with themselves,?
you reveal yourself Lord, our God,?
as the giver of all good things.?
Make us yearn for justice and peace?
and for all things that endure.?
Give us a copious meal?
of your word and your life?
through him who is our bread of life,?
Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord.
First Reading Introduction: God banished him from the garden of Eden to till the ground.
Genesis tells us that sin upsets the world in which people live, our relations with God, our relations with one another. Familiarity with God makes place for fear and distrust. Then the author(s) try to give a popular answer to the causes of evil, suffering, difficult work.
Gospel Introduction: They ate and were satisfied.
Jesus, on the other hand, brings people together and gives them something to eat when they are hungry, as a sign of his mercy, his efforts toward unity and of the food of the Eucharist. Let us seek this unity and this food.
– For agencies of international aid, for governments and the United Nations, that they may use all human potentials and all the resources of science and nature to feed the hungry and to develop the earth, we pray:
– For all Christian communities, that they may not abandon anyone in need and that we may open-handedly serve one another, we pray:
– For this community gathered here to break the Lord’s bread, that the Spirit of the Lord make us the sign of God’s generosity and love, we pray:
Prayer over the Gifts
God, our generous Father,?
in these simple gifts of bread and wine,?
of everyday food and drink,?
you let Jesus, your Son,?
give himself to us?
as the bread of life.?
In the strength of this bread,?
may we become to one another?
fresh bread broken and shared?
to nourish one another?
on our journey to you.?
We ask you this through Christ, our Lord.
Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, generous Father,?
for giving us Jesus, your Son,?
as our food for the road?
to you and to one another.?
Give us the will and the creativity?
to bring to a hungry world?
food and a fair share?
in the goods of the earth.?
But help us also to break the bread?
of dignity and hope to all.?
And be yourself the highest fulfillment?
of all our aspirations,?
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
When we pray the Our Father, we ask the Lord to give us our daily bread. That is not only the food of every day, and the Eucharist, but all we need from day to day. May God give you this and bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.