31st Sunday in Ordinary time Year C
Almighty and merciful God, by whose gift your faithful offer you right and praiseworthy service, grant, we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised.
You love all that exists. First reading
The Lord is kind and full of compassion. Responsorial Psalm
The Lord supports all who fall and raises all who are bowed down. Responsorial Psalm
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost. Gospel
Father in heaven, God of power and Lord of mercy, from whose fullness we have received, direct our steps in our everyday efforts. May the changing moods of the human heart and the limits which our failings impose on hope never blind us to you, source of every good. Old Opening Prayer
I take time to slow down, become still and enter into the awareness that I am in God's loving presence.
I look back on the past week: events at home or at work, people I met, moments of joy and energy or of pain and sadness. Recognising some of the ways in which God was present to me, drawing me towards life, I speak to God, about all that happened, asking for the grace I need for the coming week.
The theme of today’s readings is the gift of salvation for all: God’s loving mercy extends to all that exists (First Reading); God is ‘kind and full of compassion’ (Responsorial Psalm); Jesus welcomes a despised, excluded tax collector (Gospel).
What does salvation mean to me? When and where have I known God’s saving power? Are there areas of my life in need of that saving power at this time? Areas of my world in such need?
I speak to God/Jesus, about these things, as to a friend.