How fortunate we are to hear the story of the transfiguration twice a year, on the 1st Sunday of Lent and on August 6! An unfailing source of inspiration and insight, it interweaves great Old Testament figures (Moses, Elijah, the Suffering Servant) and themes (covenant, the Law, holiness, glory, Tabernacles) with key episodes in the life of Jesus (his baptism, agony in the garden, death and resurrection). It hints at the parousia and the mystery of the Trinity. As Paul wrote to the Romans: “How rich are the depths of God, how deep his wisdom and knowledge” (11:33). The transfiguration: a treasure trove for Lenten prayer.
The week's prayer focus
For ourselves and for others when nothing seems to be going right, that we take heart from Paul’s testimony: “With God on our side, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, on the holy mountain Jesus revealed himself as God’s Beloved Son, the one to whom we must listen. Strengthened in faith by what we have seen and heard let us turn to God in prayer as Jesus did.
- For Pope Francis, bishop of Rome, and for bishops around the world, that they will be sure guides to the fount of wisdom that is Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For Christian communities in countries with hostile or oppressive regimes, that they will find the strength and courage they need to follow Christ faithfully to the end, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For Caritas Australia and its partners in Cambodia, that the work of the Deaf Development Program there will continue to transform lives by our support for Project Compassion, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For all who are deaf or have a hearing impairment, that the whole community will become more aware of the challenge they face and ensure they have the services they need, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For all the creatures of the earth, especially species under threat of extinction, that World Wildlife Day this week will raise human awareness of the global web of life, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For all who offer support to women grieving their choice of abortion, that they will bring healing and fresh hope to those they accompany, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For all who are sick, especially those nearing the end of life, that they will be blessed with good pastoral and health care and with the love of family and friends, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For ourselves, that throughout this Lent we will listen carefully to God’s word and be determined to put it into practice, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
- For the recently deceased... and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time, that they will be raised with Christ and rejoice with him forever, (pause for silent prayer) let us pray to the Lord.
Holy God, with inexhaustible love you gave us your Beloved Son and in his death and resurrection have delivered us from condemnation. Hear these prayers which we make in the freedom of the children of God. We ask this through Christ our Lord.