Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Morning
The Lord will give us our daily bread:
come, let us adore!
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!
Lord Jesus, here you led us
Within your holiest place,
And here yourself have fed us
With treasures of your grace,
And you have freely given
What earth could never buy,
The bread of life from heaven,
That we may never die.
You gave us all we wanted:
This food can death destroy;
And you have freely granted
The cup of endless joy.
O Lord, we do not merit
The favor you have shown,
And all our soul and spirit,
Bow down before your throne.
CANTICLE (Revelation 2:7, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21)
The Lord will destroy death forever. (cf. Is 25:8)
Through the mystery of Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection, God has destroyed death for ever by transforming it from the end of our story to a passageway into eternal life. In the Eucharistic feast, we taste the promise of life fulfilled.
To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life
that is in the garden of God.
To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna;
I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name,
which no one knows except the one who receives it.
To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end,
I will give authority over the nations.
The victor will be dressed in white,
and I will never erase his name from the book of life
but will acknowledge his name
in the presence of my Father and of his angels.
The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God,
and he will never leave it again.
On him I will inscribe the name of my God
and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem,
which comes down out of heaven from my God,
as well as my new name.
I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne,
as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.
Word of God (John 6:48-51)
I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.
Israel I would feed with finest wheat/ and fill them
with honey from the rock. (Ps 81:17)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,/ my mouth shall praise you with joy. (Ps 63:6)
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…
God feeds us with the finest wheat: our Lord Jesus Christ, source of our life. With joy let us pray:
R/Lord, give us new life!
You feed us at the table of your Word:
– nourish the thoughts of our heart: R/
You feed us with the Bread of life:
– grant that we may live in the spirit of self-giving
You feed us with the pledge of eternal life:
– grant that we may receive our daily bread with gratitude. R/
God of life, you invite all peoples to the feast of life in your Kingdom. Forgive us when, in our foolishness, we refuse your invitation to pursue other interests, and bring us back to your table, that we may continue to grow in the life of Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, for ever. Amen.