Liturgy Alive Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Our Father in heaven,
you let the sun shine and the rain come down
on good and bad alike.
Keep us from classifying people
and issuing condemnations lightly.
May we rather learn from your Son
to appreciate the good done by anyone,
whether one of us in the Church or not,
and to be united with anyone
who seeks truth, peace, and justice.
For these are the works of the Holy Spirit
of you, our Father, and of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading Introduction
The search for wisdom, says Ben Sirach, must be one of the main tasks of a person, for this search is a sign that one loves life. But God is a part of this search, for God blesses those who seek wisdom.
"He or she is not one of us" becomes easily an excuse for denying or belittling the good done by others, especially if they are not Catholics. Remember how before Vatican II the Church spoke of Protestants, communists, and socialists... Even today, there is a certain hesitancy to recognize the good done by people "who do not belong." And Vatican II asked us not to think merely of our inner Church interests, for it gave us the pastoral document on The Church in the Modern World. Jesus appreciated whatever good done by anyone, whether belonging to the group or not.
– For the Church we love, that it may bring forgiveness and love to all, welcome all, care for all, inspire all with the gentle power of the Holy Spirit, we pray:
– For lawmakers, that the Spirit may prompt them to make good laws that are fair to all, we pray:
– For outcasts and victims of discrimination, that our communities may accept them fully and make our love so spontaneous and warm that they feel accepted, we pray:
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God,
your Son ate with sinners and tax collectors
while the devout people of his time
blamed both him and the weak.
Accept us at his table and teach us not to exclude anyone
with a "holier-than-you" attitude.
Do not allow us to condemn
those who are different or act differently,
but make us accept them as you accept us
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Prayer after Communion
God our Father,
you have given us the privilege
to hear the word of your Son and to share his table,
not because we are better than others
but simply because you are good.
Do not allow us to become hard
or to look down with pride on others
but keep reminding us
that we are in constant need of conversion
through Jesus Christ, our Lord
We should learn to appreciate whatever good is done by whatever person. The Spirit inspires many people to do good in a variety of ways. Good for them! May Almighty God bless them and you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.