Prayers and Scripture
GOD OUR CREATOR,
You made us all that we are
and gave us all that we have.
Help us to live a life of gratitude
by using your gifts
to serve others in your name.
JESUS MY REDEEMER,
You call us to share your life
by loving service to others.
Grant us the courage to live
As your disciples.
HOLY SPIRT OF GOD,
Fire our heart with your love.
Make us good and generous stewards
of your life within us.
WE PRAY, LORD,
That you open the minds and hearts of
all the people of Saint Patrick Parish,
that we may joyfully accept your call
to live as stewards of your abundant gifts,
for our salvation
and your greater glory.
A Prayer for the People of Syria
Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
This prayer is adapted from Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a collaborative effort of USCCB and Catholic Relief Services
| Matthew 25:34-40||Welcome strangers the same way you would welcome Jesus.|
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
| James 2:14-17||Faith without works is worthless.|
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If
a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day,
and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but
you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? o
also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
| 1 John 3:17||The fortunate are especially obligated to help the unfortunate.|
anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need
but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
| || Concern yourself with the interest of others, rather than just our own.|
| Philippians 2:3-4|| Do nothing out
of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others
about yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to
the interests of the others.|
| Leviticus 19:34||You will treat resident aliens as though they were native-born and love them as yourself -- for you yourselves were once aliens in Egypt.|
| Galatians 5:14|| Love your neighbor as yourself. |
| Hebrews 13:2|| Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.|
| Hebrews 13:16|| Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God|
| Micah 6:8|| He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. |
| Luke 10:25-37||The Greatest Commandment|
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
| Isaiah 58:1-14|| Seeking justice|
| || Bible Study reflection and questions appropriate for group discussion|