29th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C – WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

PRIEST: Today we celebrate World Mission Sunday – the global mission of the Church to ‘renew the face of the earth’ in the power of the Spirit poured into our heart through baptism and confirmation. Jesus teaches us in the Word of God for today that persevering prayer is the well-spring of the energy for Mission, especially to continue praying when nothing seems to be happening. In the face of the monumental injustices we find in our world, can we trust God even when God seems silent? when God seems uninvolved? But God is far more urgent about bringing justice to the poor, the weak and the vulnerable than ever we are! Justice for our brothers and sisters, healing for our planet – that is the Church’s Global Mission. If Justice is withheld, then don’t blame God! It is we who deprive the world of Justice. Let us repent …

READER:                 When we give up on prayer,
                                      no longer turn to God for Love’s energy for mission
when we lose heart and no longer believe God cares,
                                               Father forgive us…

                                                                     LORD HAVE MERCY…

When we do grow tired of ‘listening to the cries of the poor’,
when we give up the struggle to bring healing to our planet
hope to the marginalised and excluded
Jesus reconcile us…

                                                                     CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

When we do not challenge and work for Justice for the poor,
when we do not defend the most vulnerable,
when we do not seek a more just world as urgently as God
                                                Holy Spirit change us…

                                                                     LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:                  May the God Justice forgive our injustice;
                                   May the God of intimacy have mercy on our shallow prayer;
                                   May the God of the Weak fill us with Divine Urgency;
                                   and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                                       AMEN!

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