32nd Sunday of the Year B

Priest: Today we celebrate the generosity of God in giving us everything when he gave us Jesus … and the story of the poor Widow who has little but gives everything challenges us about the degree of generosity and sacrifice in our own giving. Through Baptism we are utterly identified with Christ and in the Eucharist we are gradually transformed into His self-giving, sacrificial love. Let us all reflect a moment on just how much we give, or don’t give of ourselves in love of God and service of His Kingdom:

READER:      Jesus, you ask us to trust you so completely
that we give everything into your safe-keeping …
                             for our unwillingness to  trust you –

                                                 LORD HAVE MERCY…

Jesus, you ask of us a generous response to the call to serve your Kingdom …
                             for the times when we will not sacrifice our own pleasure or plans for you –

                                                 CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

Jesus, you ask us to have the courage to share
whatever we have, great or small, with our brothers and sisters …
                              for not having the courage to share generously –

                                                 LORD HAVE MERCY…

Priest:        May the God who has so generously poured out all his love into our hearts
                      be abundant with his mercy,
                      endless with his forgiveness,
                      and powerful with his renewal of our hearts;
                      and so bring us to full and everlasting life…

                                                  AMEN!

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