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Prayers of the Faithful – Sun 24 Oct – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayers of the Faithful – Sun 24 Oct – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Introduction:

As is customary for the Church on this World Mission Sunday, we are invited to celebrate our Missionary identity as baptised.  We Paulist Missionaries celebrate this Mission Sunday as one of our seven MSSP Feasts during the year.  We are reminded that a faith that is not shared is neither authentic nor life giving.

The question Jesus puts to Bartimaeus – ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ – repeats that put to James and John in last Sunday’s Gospel.

The replies stand in stark contrast. The two apostles ask for power and glory, the blind beggar asks to see again. What follows is equally contrasting. The Twelve descend into argument while Bartimaeus chooses to follow Jesus on the arduous ascent from Jericho to Jerusalem – a difficult journey that reflects the demands of discipleship.

The deliberations of the Plenary Council suggest that the Australian church is being challenged to identify itself with Bartimaeus rather than the sons of Zebedee. With him it must relinquish the cloak of security and ask to see again.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, courage and faith brought sight back to Bartimaeus. With his determined conviction let us pray for the healing of our world.

Lector:   For church communities around the world, that on this Mission Sunday they will heed Pope Francis’ call to take the Gospel to the margins of society.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   For disadvantaged countries and communities, that they will be given a just share of vaccines and resources to deal with the COVID pandemic.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   For the Catholic Church in Australia, that the next phase of the Plenary Council process will be inclusive, transforming and Spirit-led.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   For the MSSP and all Paulist Lay Missioaries, that they be compelled to speak about God’s Kingdom through word and action.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Dario Krpan, Cecilia Mendonca and Danilo Magtulis, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Roy Melder, Maria Cozzi, George Atton, Peggy Dooley, Pio Manalo, Fr Edliberto Dela Pena, O Carm., Leonila Raguine, Fred Martinez, Mike Lester Ching, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will see God face to face and live with joy for ever.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:    Saving God, you have revealed yourself to us in Christ. Open our eyes to see him in the face of the widow, the orphan and the stranger. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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