Jesus Bested

Posted on 06 Sep 2015, Pastor: Walt McCanless

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9; Psalm 19; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38

“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all.”

Prayer:  O Lord, gracious giver of our days, we worry less about who we are, than what we can get; less about our name, more about gain. Let truth and trustworthiness descend upon us, that we might live up to the name you have given to each of us, for in our baptisms you signed and sealed us with Jesus’ name. May we live with such mercy and love, such truth and charity so as to never take his name in vain. Amen.

“Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail. Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.”

Prayer: O Lord, powerful and just, merciful and gracious, you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Open our eyes to injustice, our ears to the pleas of the least of these our brothers and sisters. Make our prayers for your vindication more than words, and let our generosity serve your Kingdom’s end. Amen.

“Do not rob the poor because they are poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate;for the Lord pleads their cause and despoils of life those who despoil them.”

Prayer: O Lord, we are all poor in one way or another. Help us to recognize our own poverty that we might take to heart the poverty of our neighbors. Free us from the temptation to take advantage of another’s weakness, looking instead for ways to help. From our abundance, talents and gifts may we be sources of help and hope for the poor and the poor in spirit.

Together we pray our longings as we utter the words Jesus taught us:             Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.