6th Sunday
Ordinary Time

FOCUS:    Blessed are those who trust in the Lord.

 

So often we can be the source of our own suffering. Worldly pursuits and desires for wealth, status, promotion, and the like deceive us into placing our hope in people and things rather than the Lord. This life is fading and only God can offer us true satisfaction in the kingdom of heaven.

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Opening Prayer

O God, who teach us that you abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever

Readings

Jeremiah proclaims the Lord’s message, Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings … Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. Saint Paul asserts that if Jesus had not risen from the dead, the Corinthians’ faith would be in vain. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks to the crowd of disciples, giving examples of those who are blessed and those who experience woe.

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Reflection

What's in Your Heart

  • How have you experienced “resurrection” in your own life?

  • When have you felt dead emotionally or spiritually? What have you done, or what has been done for you, that rejuvenated you? Are such death and resurrection experiences a regular part of your life? If so, how so?

  • How do you feel today—dead to the world, fully alive, or somewhere in the murky middle? What can you do to awaken more to life’s possibilities in the here and now?

Petitions

Trusting in God who sent his own Son for our salvation, let us offer our prayers.

 

1)         For the Church, may the Lord strengthen her in her mission to be a beacon of hope for the world, let us pray to the Lord.

 

2)         For the leaders of nations, may the Holy Spirit fill their hearts and minds with a thirst for righteousness, let us pray to the Lord.

 

3)         For families in difficult circumstances, may God strengthen them through trials and comfort them in their distress, let us pray to the Lord.

 

4)         For all gathered here, may God create in each one of us a contrite spirit that is pleasing to him, let us pray to the Lord.

 

5)         For all those who have died, may they be welcomed into the heavenly kingdom by the communion of saints, let us pray to the Lord.

 

Loving God, source of all wisdom, we humbly ask that you hear our prayers and answer them according to your holy will. Through Christ our Lord.

Quotes

We need to understand our exploration is not an effort to get anywhere. My starting point is that we’re already there. We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.
—Richard Rohr, O.F.M

 

The one who trusts in themselves is lost. The one who trusts in God can do all things.
—Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Difficult times are the most providential and the most evangelical, and . . . it is necessary to live in the contemplation and serenity of the cross.
—Cardinal Eduardo Pironio

Closing Prayer

May the strength of God sustain us;

may the power of God preserve us;

may the hands of God protect us;

may the way of God direct us;

may the love of God go with us this day and forever.

Amen.