Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle C

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General Intercessions

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Celebrant: To the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, we now turn, bringing the needs of the whole human family… 

Deacon/Lector: 

That all who proclaim the word of God may find strength in times of persecution, we pray to the Lord… 

For families that are divided, that the Lord may draw them to his truth and to accept the demands of the Gospel, we pray to the Lord… 

For all in our families who may not be practicing their faith, that they may return to an active and faithful Catholic life, we pray to the Lord… 

That parents may be generous in fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life, we pray to the Lord… 

For the healing of the sick, the consolation of the dying, and the eternal repost of all the departed, we pray to the Lord… 

Celebrant: 

Hear our prayers, eternal God of Love,
And enable us to use the gifts you give us
To serve you and one another faithfully.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Bulletin Insert

Pope Francis:  Abortion is also a form of the abuse of children

“It is difficult to grasp the phenomenon of the sexual abuse of minors without considering power, since it is always the result of an abuse of power, an exploitation of the inferiority and vulnerability of the abused, which makes possible the manipulation of their conscience and of their psychological and physical weakness. The abuse of power is likewise present in the other forms of abuse affecting almost 85,000,000 children, forgotten by everyone: child soldiers, child prostitutes, starving children, children kidnapped and often victimized by the horrid commerce of human organs or enslaved, child victims of war, refugee children, aborted children and so many others.” – Pope Francis Address at the End of the Eucharistic Celebration at the Meeting “The Protection of Minors in the Church”, February 24, 2019 

 

Homily Suggestions

Jer 38:4-6, 8-10
Heb 12:1-4
Lk 12:49-53

Watch a video with homily hints

We are destined, in this life, to be divided from at least some people, and today’s readings urge us to be divided for the right reasons. Prejudice continues to raise walls between people. That is the division that happens all too naturally, and the conflict between the culture of life and the culture of death is largely a problem of prejudice against the unborn, the elderly, and the disabled. None of the reasons offered for abortion would be tolerated as reasons to kill the born; it is only because the victims are unborn that they become victims. Similarly, none of the reasons for killing the less functional people would be tolerated as reasons to kill the functioning; hence again, prejudice is revealed as the real problem. 

When we stand against that prejudice, however, we get treated like Jeremiah. He was accused of “demoralizing the soldiers” because he was saying that the Babylonians, who were about to attack Jerusalem, could not be stopped because they were being used by God to punish his people. The problem was not military or political, Jeremiah said, but rather moral. In our day, when we point out the moral problems that stand at the foundation of so many other societal ills, we too will be rejected and mocked. 

Moreover, issues like abortion will divide family members, as the Gospel promises, and will require us to resist sin even “to the point of shedding blood,” as the second reading says. The blood to be shed, in other words, is our own, as we stand against the opposition that others will launch against us. The fact that so many people will say, “The opposition against me isn’t that bad and I don’t foresee that it will be” becomes in fact a good reason to stop worrying about what will happen to us when we fight for what is right.


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