Liturgy Alive Friday, October 20, 2017
Lord our God,
we stand before you with empty hands.
Our good intentions, the things we do
are powerless to save us.
God, help us to accept this truth,
for it hurts our pride.
Teach us to receive gratuitously
your grace, your merciful love
and also the help and love of our neighbor.
Save us from ourselves and from sin
by the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading Introduction
Abraham was saved not by what he did but because, when was a pagan and a sinner, he discovered a caring God in whom he believed. He knew that he stood before God with empty hands and accepted to receive gratuitously from the hands of God.
Christ continues to denounce the Pharisees. In the contradictions of a life that wants to be faithful to the gospel, Christians have to go God's ways, not their own. They entrust themselves into the hands of God who cares and to whom we are very precious.
- That our faith may be a personal encounter with a living God to whom we commit ourselves, we pray:
- That we may not boast about what we have done for God, but recognize with humility and gratitude what God has done for us, we pray:
- That with great trust we may put ourselves into the hands of God, who loves us deeply in Christ, we pray:
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord God, merciful Father,
in the face of contradiction and opposition
your Son Jesus went his loyal way to you,
for he knew that he lived
in the palm of your hand.
In these signs of bread and wine
we too entrust ourselves to you,
for we know that we are your friends
and that you care for us
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer after Communion
Our God and Father,
you love us as we are,
even when you see our faults and failures.
You forget the evil we do
and we are good enough for you
to give us your Son Jesus Christ.
Accept our thanks
and let your Son fill us
with his Spirit of trust and love,
that we too may learn
to trust and love one another
and to be a community in which Jesus lives,
he who is our Lord for ever.
Jesus assures us that God cares for us and that we are precious to him. Ask him to keep us in his love. May God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.