15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Let us pray to be faithful to the light we have received, to the name we bear.
Father, let the light of your truth guide us to your kingdom through a world filled with lights contrary to your own.
Christian is the name of the gospel we glory in.
May your love make us what you have called us to be.
Christ Jesus is the image of the unseen God and the first-born of all creation.
As for me in my poverty and pain
Let your help, O Lord, lift me up.
I will praise God’s name with a song;
I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
Seek the Lord, you who are poor, and your hearts will revive.
… when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds.
Jesus said to him: ‘Go and do likewise.’
I take time to slow down, to enter into silence, and to open my mind and heart to be nourished and shaped by God’s Word.
Taking the theme of today’s gospel, I reflect back on the past week, recalling times when I ‘showed mercy’ to someone who was hurt, or when I received an act of ‘mercy’ from another. As I recall these moments I speak to God in gratitude, wonder, praise …
I also recall times during the week when I may have closed my heart to someone in need of kindness, or when I rejected another’s act of goodness or mercy towards me.
I ask God for what I need, perhaps the grace to act always like Jesus, ‘the good Samaritan’.