Opening Comment (for the Presider)
As we gather today, we are challenged to be hospitable, welcoming people. We worship the God who always has a welcome for us. Penitential Rite: Supported by this divine care, we call to mind our own shortcomings in love: (pause). Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life: Lord, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins: Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (for Ministers of the Word)
Genesis 18: 1-10 Sarah is rewarded for her hospitality with the promise that she will soon have a child, a great blessing
Colossians 1: 24-28 There is nothing lacking in Christ, contrary to what the Colossians thought. The church, Christ’s body, may be incomplete however, but this can be made up
Luke 10: 38-42 Jesus is welcomed at the home of Martha and Mary. He calls his hostess from busyness to simplicity.
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our needs to the God of truth and justice.
- For the Church throughout the world, that Christians may welcome those in need of hospitality and care (pause). Lord, hear us.
- For young people, gathering in Rio with Pope Francis for World Youth Day, that their faith may be renewed (pause). Lord, hear us.
- For those whose troubles almost overwhelm them, that the listening ears of friends may calm their fears (pause). Lord, hear us.
- For all who are sick, at home or in hospital, that God’s healing power may raise them up (pause). Lord, hear us.
The presider prays for the dead, those who died during the week and those whose anniversaries occur (and the person/people for whom Mass is offered) ‘that they may dwell forever on God’s holy mountain (pause) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God of truth and justice, you cherish those who try to do what is right, hear our prayers and help us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.