Liturgy Alive Saturday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday, 13th Week in Ordinary Time


Opening Prayer
    Lord our God,
    we are your people on the march,
    moving forward to you with your Son
    who came to make everything new.
    Dispose us Lord, to accept the pain
    of leaving the familiar behind us.
    Uproot us from our established ways
    and guide our faltering steps
    toward your new future in Jesus Christ,
    your Son and our Lord for ever.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading Introduction
We hear in the first reading an appendix to Amos written probably at a later date, but in the style and perspectives of Amos; it promises a new future to those who are faithful.

Gospel Reading Introduction
Can we be people of compromise? To settle disagreement and make peace, to solve disputed matters and to become at least tolerant of one another? Yes, but not with the Gospel. Not when it comes to the renewal of life, whether personal or communal, that is constantly asked of us. Jesus tells his disciples and us, who are living in messianic times, that we are new, liberated people: we cannot compromise with salvation, with our faith, with the Gospel. Young wine belongs in new wineskins. New times require new attitudes.

General Intercessions

    – For the Church, that the People of God and its leaders may follow the promptings of the creative Spirit, to speak to the people of today the ever-new language of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we pray:
    – For husbands and wives, parents and children, that they may not take one another for granted but renew each other with a love that is inventive and attentive, we pray:
    – For artists, poets, and inventors, that they may reveal to us the splendor of creation and the riches of life beyond the apparent drabness of our existence, we pray:
    – For this community, that we may not be afraid of authentic change, and draw from Christ the courage to start the reform of our world and our Church with the renewal of ourselves, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts
    Lord our God,
    this bread and this wine
    are the signs of the new covenant
    that you have made with us
    in the blood of Jesus Christ.
    May we, indeed, be your new people
    of the new and everlasting covenant.
    Renew our hearts,
    make us your new wine of joy and hope,
    that we may build a new earth today
    and march forward with your Son
    towards your new heaven
    where you will be our God for ever.

Prayer after Communion
    God of our future,
    you have given us Jesus, your Son,
    as our companion on the road
    for renewing ourselves and the world.
    Let him prod us on
    when we try to compromise
    by merely patching up the old here and there;
    let him curb our impatience
    when we try to rush people and things
    beyond their capacity for growth.
    Lead us forward on the new road of the Gospel
    through our trusted guide, Jesus Christ,
    your Son and our Lord for ever.

We are God's new people, the people of the new covenant. So, we must live the new life of Jesus and do all we can to make our world new in justice and love and compassion. May God give you this insight and the strength to carry it out: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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