TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

PRIEST: Jesus confronts his disciples with a decision:  will they trust him,  follow him,  reproduce his love;  or will they follow their own flawed logic and go their own way?  And the Eucharist crystallises this eternal challenge.  Our Eucharist demands a similar decision:  will we live the Eucharist that we celebrate, following Jesus always, living a Pilgrimage of Trust;  or will we resist the implications of today’s Eucharist  – living by faith in His Word and struggling for justice, freedom and sacrificial love?

READER:              When we say ‘no’ to the challenges
                                   of being faithful to Christ and his Gospel…

                                                          LORD HAVE MERCY …

When we are selective about what demands of Christ
                                   we are willing to accept,
                                   and what we avoid…

                                                          CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

When we listen to the shallow wisdom of the world,
                                   to the narrow confines of ‘common sense’
                                   and do not risk listening to One who has words of eternal life…

                                                          LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:              May the God of peace touch us with mercy,
                                 still our questioning hearts with tranquillity,
                                 embrace our broken lives with healing and forgiveness,
                                 and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                        AMEN!

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