Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Morning
Who seeks Christ will find 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!
O Christ our King, supreme in power,
The Father’s glory and delight
Our fallen nature you restored,
By dying you defeated death.
Increase in us the life of grace
That when as Bridegroom you return,
With lamps well trimmed we be prepared
To follow you at once with joy.
Receive us as a judge serene
Into the realms of peace and light,
Whom faith and love have bound to you,
Adoring your great Trinity.
CANTICLE (Ephesians 1:3, 7-10)
Whoever watches for wisdom at dawn shall not be disappointed. (cf. Wis 6:14)
The wise virgins seek Christ, who is the wisdom of God. Today’s readings urge us to seek Christ at all costs and to be prepared for the joy of finding him, the source of all wisdom, at unexpected moments and in unexpected places.
Praised be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.
In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed,
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous
is God’s favor to us.
God has given us the wisdom
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased
to decree in Christ.
A plan to be carried out
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him,
in the heavens and on earth.
Word of God (Wisdom 7:10)
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,/ And I chose to have her rather than the light,/ because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Those who love me I also love,/
and those who seek me find me. (Prv 8:17)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jer 29:13)
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…
Wisdom is as wisdom does. Let us pray to the source of wisdom to make us wise:
R/Grant us wisdom of heart.
You are present always and everywhere:
– grant that we may seek and find you in all things. R/
You are the peace at the heart of all quarrels:
– grant that we may seek and find you as the source of reconciliation. R/
You are the light in the midst of all darkness:
– grant that we may seek and find you as we struggle to make right decisions. R/
O God of wisdom, you call us to keep watch for the coming of Christ. Grant us the wisdom to await him, to recognize him in his coming, and to prefer him above all else, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.