May 19, 2019 -- 5th Sunday of Easter
Theme: In today’s Gospel, Jesus gets right to the point when he tells his disciples: “Love one another as I have loved you.” In the words of St. Theresa of Avila, “Christ has no body but yours.” Only then do we realize that we love one another—particularly the poor and marginalized—when we see with the eyes of Christ and act accordingly.
PS 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
JN 13:31-33A, 34-35
Reflection on the Word
We Are Invited to Love as Jesus Loves
Prayers of the Faithful
Jesus gives us a new commandment to love one another. Let us pray that this compassionate love of Jesus, through us, will transform the world.
For the Church. May we stand with the persecuted throughout the world and be a voice of hope for them. Risen Lord . . . Hear Our Prayer.
For World Leaders. May they embrace Jesus’ way of selfless duty. Risen Lord…
For All who suffer. May they experience Christ’s care and compassion through those they encounter. Risen Lord….
For our St. Charles Community. May we be strengthened to act as Christ’s body on earth “to be the hands with which he blesses the world” and “the feet with which he walks to do good.” Risen Lord….
For all those preparing to graduate this Spring. May they be guided by the Wisdom of God through the Holy Spirit. Risen Lord…
For all those who have died. May they be where “there is no more death or mourning, wailing or pain.” Risen Lord….
For our own needs, kept in the silence of our hearts (pause). Risen Lord….
Presider: God, you call us to be a people after your own heart. Hear our prayers that we might witness to your love throughout the world. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Through our Baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit, the presence of the risen Christ among us. Let us ask God to bless this water as a reminder of our Baptism.
Gracious and loving God, through Christ’s resurrection and ascension, we celebrate our creation and redemption. Hear our prayers and bless + this water which gives fruitfulness to the fields, and refreshment and cleansing to all people. You made the water of baptism holy by Christ’s baptism in the Jordan: by it you give us a new birth and renew us in holiness. May this water remind us of our baptism, and let us share the hope and joy of all who have been baptized at Easter. We pray this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
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