Twenty-Third Sunday of Year B

Jesus yearns for all his people to ‘be opened’ … may the People of God be open to the new challenges of God in our present age – to proclaim the Gospel in new ways and to heal the world of its many wounds

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

St James challenges us to be open to the poorest … may the wealthy nations of the world bring hope of dignity and justice to the poorest of our world who one day will judge the rich world in the presence of God

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

St James challenges us to be open to the poorest … may the wealthy nations of the world bring hope of dignity and justice to the poorest of our world who one day will judge the rich world in the presence of God

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

Isaiah shares a vision of the destructive desert one day flowing with creative water … we pray for miracles of peace transform the deserts of war and terror, especially in the Middle East – may the hearts of leaders and people of all faiths and none be opened to the Peace of Christ

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

Jesus healed the deaf and dumb man and the Good News was proclaimed – may all who are deaf to the cries of 60 million refugees and blind to their pain, be opened to hear and see; may our tongues be loosened to proclaim compassion and humanity and so give voice to the poor and excluded

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

May our children and young people who have returned to school and college this past week be opened to their own limitless possibilities – may their teachers and lecturers draw from them their creativity and knowledge that they might grow – that our world might mature

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

May Jesus who healed and opened bring healing and peace to all who suffer from impairment of hearing, speech and sight: may he also heal the sick of our parish family: …
may Jesus raise to eternal life those who have died recently, especially … and those who have perished while fleeing poverty, oppression and war;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: … 

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

Mary the Refugee,  so open to the Word and Spirit of Jesus, pray with us for our migrant brothers and sisters…

HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence…

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