Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Morning
Christ heals all ills: let us give thanks and praise.
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Our wounds may best prepare our hearts
To see beyond the known and near—
Ten lepers watched the Lord approach
And spoke their hopes for all to hear.
As always Jesus’ heart was stirred,
Requiting eagerness with grace;
He sent the ten to give the priests
A glimpse of new creation’s face.
And as they went the healing took—
Their skin, their health, their lives restored.
Nine men went on to find the priests,
The tenth went back to bless the Lord.
A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mk 1:40)
Faith asks; God gives. We may not suffer from leprosy, but where our faith in God’s love for us has grown weak, let us pray with the leper to be healed.
My soul, give praise to the Lord;
I will praise the Lord all my days,
make music to my God while I live.
Put no trust in princes,
in mortal men in whom there is no help.
Take their breath, they return to clay
and their plans that day come to nothing.
He is happy who is helped by Jacob’s God,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who alone made heaven and earth,
the seas and all they contain.
It is he who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free,
the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
the Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.
It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Matthew 7:7-8)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Strong is God’s love for us! (cf. Ps 117:2)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (Jn 14:13)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
Let us pray for healing:
R/Lord, have mercy!
When suffering dims our memory of your love for us,
– grant us the light to recall the power of your cross: R/
When weakness deludes us into doubting your power,
– grant us clarity of faith, that we may call upon you for help: R/
When our ills seem too great to be healed,
– grant us trust in your help: R/
God of all goodness, no condition of ours will turn you away from us whom you have redeemed through the Death and Resurrection of your Son. Strengthen us in faith, that we may put our trust in your love for us in every circumstance, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.