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Seventh Sunday of Easter - Cycle B

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General Intercessions: [English PDF]
 

Celebrant: We are called to be witnesses of the truth of Jesus’ Resurrection. Let us pray for the needs of the world to which we proclaim that truth.

Deacon/Lector:

That the Church may continue to bear joyful witness before the world that Jesus is Risen and that sin and death are conquered, we pray to the Lord...

That those who have never come to faith or who have lost their faith may be consecrated once again in the truth of God’s word, we pray to the Lord...

That those who work in the communications media may be committed to serving the truth and conveying the authentic meaning of love, we pray to the Lord...

That all mothers may experience the profound joy and gratitude of being vessels of life and of faith for their children, we pray to the Lord...

That the Holy Spirit, who gives Life, may breathe over our nation and create a new Culture of Life that welcomes the stranger, feeds the poor, and cherishes every child, born and unborn, we pray to the Lord...

That all who have died, especially those who gave their lives in service to our country, may be filled with the joy of eternal life, we pray to the Lord...

Celebrant:

God of power and might, we await the renewed presence of your Holy Spirit. By his power, may we witness before all the world to your goodness to us, as you meet our every need. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Bulletin Insert:
 

A Prayer for Those Afraid of their Motherhood

Lord God, we thank you, the Source of Life, for all those who have welcomed and nurtured our lives. In particular, we thank you for our mothers, who with trust in you and self-sacrifice beyond description, have made it possible for us to live and praise you today. Give them the reward of their labors.

Today, Lord, we also pray for mothers who are afraid of being mothers. We pray especially for those carrying a child within them, but afraid to bring that child to birth. Look with favor on these, your daughters, and give them trust and strength. Enable them to give themselves to their children, as you give yourself to us, and to experience the joys of motherhood. Enable us to do our part to encourage them and provide for their needs. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Homily Suggestions:
 

Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26
1 Jn 4:11-16
Jn 17:11b-19

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We are witnesses. Just as in the first reading we see that the apostles were witnesses to the Resurrection, and just as we learn from the Gospel passage that we are consecrated in the truth of God’s word, so we must stand before the world and testify to Christ (2nd Reading).

What is this truth in which we are consecrated and to which we bear witness? It is the truth about the meaning of love. God’s love, and God himself, is revealed first of all in the love Christ showed on the cross, and furthermore in the concrete love we have toward one another. Love has a truth to it, a logic, that flows from the action of God in saving the world. As he gave himself for us, so we give ourselves away for one another.

Taking innocent human life is a contradiction of love; it is also a contradiction of truth. To treat the human person as disposable is to say something about that person that is contrary to the truth of that person’s dignity and inviolable rights. It is to say something false about God, who alone owns that person. It is not only the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” that is broken when we depart from the Culture of Life. It is also the commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” We are witnesses – to the love of God and to the dignity of every human life.


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