Liturgy Alive Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday, 13th Week in Ordinary Time


Opening Prayer
    God of mercy,
    you put the self-righteous to shame
    and you call sinners to the task
    of bringing your Son's salvation to the world.
    Forgive us our pride and reassure us
    that we can count on you and your love
    because we are weak and sinful people.
    Let us share in your life
    through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading Introduction
Amos castigates the people of Israel for offering sacrifices and obser-ving religious feasts but not rendering justice; they are exploiting their brothers and sisters, who are with them people of the same covenant. He holds out hope for them if they are converted.

Gospel Reading Introduction
The Gospel, which Jesus preaches and lives, is not a religion based on the self-righteousness of people but a religion of love and mercy based on God's pure generosity. This makes it possible for a typical sinner—an exploiter and a traitor to his people to boot—to be called to be an apostle. And Christ sits at table with sinners—with Levi-Matthew and his friends, with us now "so that sins may be forgiven."

General Intercessions
    – For the Church, a community of saints and sinners, that we, the People of God and our leaders, may not condemn those who fail but with God give them new chances in life, we pray:
    – For people who have failed and no longer believe in themselves, in God or in the community, that they may draw new courage and hope from our compassion and understanding, we pray:
    – For priests and religious, that they may keep trusting in the Lord who called them notwithstanding their human frailty; that with Christ they may care especially for the poor and the weak, we pray:

Prayer over the Gifts
    Lord God, merciful Father,
    your Son, Jesus Christ,
    was eating with tax collectors and sinners
    because they needed him.
    We bring this bread and wine before you,
    that he may sit at table with us
    because we too, need him.
    Accept his sacrifice and ours
    so that sins may be forgiven
    and that we may live in your love,
    now and for ever.

Prayer after Communion
    Lord our God, merciful Father,
    through your Son in our midst,
    help us to be mild and compassionate
    without condemning anyone,
    for you have been gentle to us.
    And do not let us boast
    of our human achievements,
    for we owe everything
    to your grace and your call
    in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I have come to call not the righteous but sinners." Let these words change our attitude towards people and also ourselves. Let these words make us understanding and mild to everyone, with the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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