Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Ask, and it will be given to you.
The Word This Week
When we see the child in the sweet shop nagging and moaning at mum or dad for something, we probably dont think of it as a model of our prayer lives! And yet, if we take the word of God seriously today, that is exactly what out faith teaches us to do! The message is persistence - never giving up, even if prayers do not seem to be answered. We shouldnt ask why they are not answered on the spot (Gods probably got a reason), but should just continue beating on the door of heaven in faith and hope.
Notes for Readers
In one sense this is a very easy reading, since it is a straightforward story, but there are elements that make it very challenging for a reader. The challenge comes from Abrahams constant, almost irritating repetition of his request - bargaining with God in small steps or stages. The reader has got to try and make it interesting - perhaps the challenge is to think: every time Abraham makes his request, it should sound different - this makes six different ways of asking the same question! You will be helped by looking at the different ways Abraham himself introduces the request: Do not think of it! (= bold, assertive), I who am dust and ashes (= nervous?), Perhaps there will... (chancing it?), give me leave to speak... (being reasonable?), I am bold indeed... (more confident), and finally I trust my Lord... (relief at the last one?). Have a go - see if you can find a different tone to match each of the requests. As a contrast to all this tonal jumping about, notice that Gods answers are always calm, simple and to the point - his great patience shows!
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Day of Special Prayer
DAY FOR LIFE
Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended
Day for Life, initiated by the late Pope John Paul II, is the day of the year the Catholic Church in
Sample Intentions in the Prayer of the Faithful:
These intentions are given as examples. It is not intended that a parish should use all of these intentions, rather that one of them might be added to the other intentions a community prays for this Sunday.
We pray for the dying and those who care for them. May they be encouraged by these words of scripture Come you whom my father and has blessed, inherit the kingdom prepared for you. Lord, in your mercy or Lord, hear us
We pray for our community. May we, following the example of Christ, be models of mercy and forgiveness. Lord, in your mercy or Lord, hear us