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Prayers of the people: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, 11 November 2018

02 November 2018

Introductory reflection

So many biblical stories, events and images are teasingly ambiguous. They resist reduction to a single message and invite the play of imagination. Does Jesus present the poor widow’s giving as an outstanding example of faith for all to follow? Or is he aiming barbed criticism at the religious hypocrites whose exploitation puts her very survival at risk? Each perspective offers food for thought. One thing is clear. Mark places this incident within the intensifying drama of Jesus’ last days. Readers are drawn into the unflinching fidelity of God’s anointed servant. Dare we make his utter self-gift our own with a bold “Amen” to the bread and wine of communion?

The week’s prayer focus

For neighbours and strangers who struggle to survive each day, that we will open our hearts to them.

Sample intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.

Presider

Dear friends, like the poor widow Jesus gave himself unreservedly in loving self-sacrifice. In the same spirit let us open our hearts in love and pray for our sisters and brothers.

Reader

  1. We pray for peace on this 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. May our remembrance of this Great and terrible War compel us to work with all our might for world-wide peace. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for nations losing confidence in democracy and putting their trust in authoritarian leaders. May their faith in our common humanity be restored. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for all who influence public opinion about global warming. May they persuade us to change our ways and take effective action to protect the planet. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for the Australian participants in the Synod on Youth. May they return home with energy, enthusiasm and ideas for the Plenary Council. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for the adults and young people imprisoned in Australian gaols. May they be given every opportunity to make a fresh and hopeful start in life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for children who have been adopted or placed in foster care. May they be loved unreservedly and prepared for a fulfilling adulthood. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the families of a loved one who has died or suffered trauma in a road accident. May they receive on-going support in their grief and pain. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for one another in this parish community. May we give ourselves generously in loving service of those for whom life is a daily struggle. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, especially in war, as well as for the recently deceased . . . and those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May Christ the high priest welcome them into the heavenly sanctuary. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

Eternal and ever-loving God, your Son Jesus offered himself once and for all that we might be reconciled to you. Let us walk always with joy on the path of salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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