18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Liturgy Preparation
Great wonders are proclaimed in today’s Liturgy. God’s love and God’s care for humanity are made manifest, examples of generosity worth imitating.
Penitential rite: As we accept God’s invitation to a feast, we remember the sins he promises to take away: (pause) Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life…
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Isaiah 55:1-3 — Contains the Lord’s invitation to those in need to have their thirst satisfied.
Romans 8:35, 37-39 — Paul beautifully describes the boundless love of Christ.
Matthew 14:13-21 — Jesus sees to it that the hungry are fed, despite his own grief at the death of John the Baptist.
The General Intercessions
Introduction (by the Presider) The Lord is kind and full of compassion, so we bring our prayers to God in confidence:
- For all the members of the Church, that we may grow in appreciation of God’s generous kindness, and may reflect it in their daily lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For the people of Norway in their pain and loss, that their example of fortitude and endurance may inspire all who suffer unjustly. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who hunger and thirst in a world of plenty, particularly people living in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, that Christians may reflect God’s kindness by giving generously to help the hungry. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For victims of abuse, particularly those who have suffered because of priests and bishops, they they may find justice — and healing. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those who have died (especially N and N) and all who have been lost in road accidents, that the grieving may realise that nothing can separate us from God’s love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For the members of this community who are in any kind of need, and our own needs, which we remember now. (Long pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God our creator, you are close to all who call on you from their hearts: Continue to show us your compassion and love, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Other Liturgical Suggestions Penitential Rite c-vi). Preface of Sundays 7. Eucharistic Prayer 2. Communion under both species would reflect the divine generosity in today’s Gospel. A parish fundraising event after Mass would continue the theme. Solemn Blessing 10 (Ordinary Time 1).
Songs ‘The King of Love my Shepherd is’; ‘Take and Eat’; ‘Colours of Day’