Liturgy Alive Easter Feria
In their particularism, the Jews of Antioch in Pisidia wanted to monopolize salvation, perhaps allowing pagans to share in it later through them. For this reason, they reject Christ, his Gospel, and his missionaries. But no particularistic group can monopolize Christ. He came as the light of the whole world. By coming among us, Christ accepted people so to speak on their own terms, to save them in their own situation, mentality, and culture. So the Church of the apostles was to welcome not only Jews, but also pagans. So that the Church to be missionary today is by welcoming all and serving all. In this way, the Church will do as Christ did, be the sign of Christ to the world, show the distant God is close to and present in us.
Lord our God,
you are distant and unknown, and yet so near
that you know and love and save us
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
May he be present in us and in our actions
that we may do the same works
of justice, truth, and loving service
and thus, become the sign to the world,
that your Son is alive
and that you are a saving God,
now and for ever.
– For the Church, that we may listen with attention and joy to the Word of God and come to know the Lord better, we pray:
– For all of us, that we may not selfishly keep the Lord Jesus for ourselves only but make him known to others by the way we live his Good News, we pray:
– For our Christian communities, that we may be fervent in prayer and ask in the name of Jesus for more unity and love, we pray:
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, our God,
in these signs of bread and wine,
you give us your Son as the light to all people,
but only if we believe that we can see the light.
Give us these eyes of faith
and let the light of your Son
shine in the works we do,
that people may praise you.
We ask you this in the name of Jesus,
who lives in you for ever.
Prayer after Communion
Lord our God,
through your Son Jesus Christ
you entered our world to save people
in their concrete situation and mentality.
Through your Son, who is with us now,
open your Church and missionaries and all of us
to welcome all peoples with love
and to accompany them with humility
in their mentality and culture
on their road to you.
We are sure that you will hear our prayer,
for we ask you this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
If we believe and love him deeply, we would like to see God, to know him better. Perhaps, we can show to the people around us a bit the face of God in our goodness and love. May Almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.