Prayer

SUGGESTED PRAYER A10 The Gospels : WHO DO PEOPLE SAY THAT I AM? 

We Gather… as

a community

and prepare to

hear the Word

of God

CALL TO PRAYER

Leader: God beyond all names and images,

All: we come to you in faith.

Leader: God in Christ with human face,

All: we come to you in hope.

Leader: God who moves, draws, forms and enlightens our life,

All: We come to you in love. Father, Son and Spirit. God, the beginning and the end, you are our God.

We Listen… to

the Word of

God as it is

proclaimed

because

scripture is the

heart of a

liturgical

celebration.

SCRIPTURE: Jesus eating with the sinners and the tax collectors

Year A – Matthew 9: 9-13 The Call of Matthew

Year B – Mark 2: 13-17 Jesus Calls Levi

Year C – Luke 5: 27-32 Jesus Calls Levi

We Respond…

with a ritual

action such

as a

reflection on

the Word,

Prayers of

the

Faithful,

PowerPoint,

a

ritual action

and/or

singing.

IMAGE: Seiger Koder- Whatsoever you do.

REFLECTION:Hands at work, outstretched to welcome, comfort, heal, draw in.

Each gesture speaking of Christ, touching wounds and healing pain.

Each gesture touching Christ himself, hurting as we hurt, feeling as we feel:

cold, hunger, thirst, loneliness, need.

Through each gesture we are touched ourselves.

Christ reaches out, made flesh through human kindness.

‘This is my body’- these broken bodies, these damaged lives.

‘This is my body’- these simple gestures of humble service.

‘This is my body’- Bread of compassion, broken for you, cup of hospitality offered to you.

‘Do this in memory of me’, And never forget,

I have no hands but yours, no eyes or ears, no loving heart on earth but yours.

Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.

Whatsoever you do to the least of these…

Mine is the body you touch, mine the hands reaching out.

We Go

Forth…

 

into the world to do what we proclaim and to give witness to the fact that we are disciples and followers of Christ. Use a final prayer, a blessing, a song or hymn.

ALL: We Pray…

 Jesus, You are the face of God’s compassion hidden in each human life.

 Give us eyes to see and ears to hear the needs of our brothers and sisters.

 Give us loving and generous hearts, ready to reach out to you in every person we encounter in our lives.

 Amen

 

Adapted from ‘Glimpses of the Divine, Gemma Simmonds. Pauline Books and Media. 2010.pages 48-51

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