The translators of the Jerusalem Bible took some liberty rendering the phrase from Ephesians, “We are God’s work of art.” Later and more exact versions have us “created in Christ Jesus for good works,” but there’s much to be said for the poetic power of the former. It’s a happy turn of phrase at this point in Lent when the journey of conversion may have become arduous. Nonetheless recognising ourselves as “God’s work of art” requires renunciation. It means surrendering ourselves into the hands of the Divine Artist who alone can make us a thing of beauty. It depends on whole-hearted faith in the grace of God.
The week’s prayer focus
We give you thanks, dear God, for artists of every kind; may the works they create give us insight into all that is true and good and beautiful.
These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.
Dear friends, by grace and faith we have been saved from death and brought to life in Christ. Let us put our trust in the God who loved us so much he gave us his only Son.
- We pray for one another as we journey through Lent. May we recognise ourselves as God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus for lives of love, mercy and praise. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all member countries of the Commonwealth. May the observance of Commonwealth Day reinforce their determination to work for a sustainable, safe, prosperous and fair future for all their citizens. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for all who are in exile from their homelands. May they, like the Jewish people of old, not lose hope in the promise of returning home to a place of safety and peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the people of war-torn Syria and South Sudan and for people in places devastated by natural disaster. May their cries for help be heard and answered. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the work of the Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation in the Northern Territory. May Caritas Australia’s support for Djilpin Arts be assured by our generosity to Project Compassion. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for people in positions of leadership in schools, businesses, government agencies and the media. May they eradicate bullying and create a safe environment for the whole community. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for parents seeking to share the treasure of faith with their children. May the example of their gospel living give their children life-long inspiration. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for Pope Francis, bishop of Rome, and all who work in Vatican agencies. In their service of the church may they always manifest the generous mercy of God. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- We pray for the recently deceased… and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they be raised to eternal life in Christ Jesus. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
God of all goodness and grace, you raised your Son Jesus on the cross that we might look upon him in faith and live. Help us to hold fast to the truth and live always in the light. We ask this through Christ our Lord.