Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Morning
God gives us life in Christ:
let us give thanks and praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
Those who love and those who labor
Follow in the way of Christ;
Thus the first disciples found him,
Thus the gift of love sufficed.
Jesus says to those who seek him,
I will never pass you by;
Raise the stone and you shall find me;
Cleave the wood, and there am I.
Where the many work together,
They with Christ himself abide,
But the lonely workers also
Find him ever at their side.
Lo, the Prince of common welfare
Dwells within the market strife;
Lo, the bread of heaven is broken
In the sacrament of life.
Give her a reward of her labors,/ and let her works praise her at the city gates. (Prv 31:31)
God’s faithful people, women and men alike, praise God by their lives of faithful, often unsung labor as they put their gifts to use in the service of family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. Their reward is assured, though love, not reward, is their motive.
The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.
Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.
He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Titus 3:8)
This saying is trustworthy.
I want you to insist on these points, that those who have believed in God be careful to devote themselves to good works; these are excellent and beneficial to others.
Work at your tasks in due season,/ and in his own time God will give you your reward. (Sir 51:30)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Whoever does good has his reward,/ which each receives according to his deeds. (Sir 16:14)
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…
The Lord Jesus glorified his Father by accomplishing the work he was given to do (cf. Jn 17:4). Let us pray for the grace to follow his example.
R/May we do faithfully the work you have given.
You call some to care for a household:
– may they be rewarded with the love of those for whom they care. R/
You call some to feed and clothe the poor:
– may they be rewarded with wealth of heart. R/
You call some to work for the economic or political good of the world:
– may they be rewarded with peace. R/
God of love, you pour out your Spirit in abundance on all those whom you call to serve you in Christ. Grant us the faith, wisdom, and love to make use of all your gifts, small and great, to serve the coming of your Kingdom, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.