TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY OF YEAR B

PRIEST:      Jesus asks each of us today:  ‘Who do you say that I am?’  He leads the disciples on a Journey of Faith, and as they share with him and each other they begin to discover the depths of Jesus.  They also have to come to terms that being His disciples means embracing the cross of suffering as He did. Only then can they proclaim Jesus to their world.  On this Education Sunday let us reflect upon the ways we neglect to nourish our faith in Christ, share that faith with others and resist the cross of the world’s suffering…

READER:         When we do not translate our faith into action for others;
when we do not live God’s option for the poor

                                                  LORD HAVE MERCY…

For every abuse of power and authority in the Church,
When we do not root our way of acting and thinking
                               in the mind of Christ,  in the love of Christ;
                              when our Church is a stumbling block to others meeting Christ

                                                  CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

When we protect ourselves and our comfort
                              rather than risk living the radical love of the Gospel;
                              for all the things we cling to rather than to Jesus

                                                  LORD HAVE MERCY…


PRIEST:
               May the life-giving God hold us in mercy…
                                 The pain-bearing Jesus heal us with forgiveness…
                                 The love-making Spirit reconcile us through compassion
                                 and bring us and all the world to everlasting life…

                                                    AMEN!

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