Opening Comment (for the Presider)
Today’s readings remind us that God is on the side of the poor, defending their rights. Penitential Rite: We gather to praise God’s justice and beg God’s mercy, as we call to mind our sins (pause): You raise the dead to life in the Spirit … You bring pardon and peace to the sinner … You bring light to those in darkness: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (for Ministers of the Word)
Amos 6: 1, 4-7 Amos warns the wealthy about their selfishness.
1 Timothy 6: 11-16 Paul gives Timothy tips on being a disciple of the Lord Jesus.
Luke 16: 19-31 A reminder that wealth can insulate us from seeing the needs of others.
Introduction (by the Presider): We bring our prayers to God, who provides for the poor and oppressed.
- For all who strive to be disciples of Christ, that they may be filled with faith and love (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the oppressed and exploited of the earth, that they may win the justice that is their right (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who would see us as rich, that we may not be blind to their needs (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For people in need in our community, that we may be their true friends (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For our own needs and for those who have asked our prayers (long pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For all who have died, that they may be raised up at the last day (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider): God of righteousness, you are just to the poor and oppressed: listen to our prayers, we ask you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONGS AT MASS (for Ministers of Music) Lord of all Hopefulness; Ag Críost an Síol; O The Love of My Lord; Praise My Soul the King of Heaven