Jesus was something new to the Jews. From extensive laws guiding all of life, to their temple worship, their profound understanding of God had been established over time. But then Jesus challenged all that they knew. Lent calls us to encounter God in new and deeper ways and to reflect on how we respond to new insights or information that may challenge our comfortable beliefs, understanding or religious practices.
- Lord Jesus, you shocked people by cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem: Lord, have mercy.
- Christ Jesus, you challenged those who did not believe in you: Christ, have mercy.
- Lord Jesus, you call us now to an ever-deeper encounter with you: Lord, have mercy.
- Ex 20:1-17 Israel is given the commandments
- Ps 19 Lord, you have the words of everlasting life
- 1 Cor 1:22-25 Christ surpasses human understanding
- Jn 2:13-25 Jesus cleanses the Temple in Jerusalem
Prayer of the Faithful
Presider Let us pray for the courage to hear all that God continues to tell us and ask of us.
Minister For openness within the whole church that would foster an ever deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what God asks of us … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For those throughout the world who suffer violence or loss because of their religious views, regardless of their faith tradition … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For those who are condemned for new ideas, an expanded vision, or greater clarity about Jesus and the church’s role in the world … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For the courage to speak the truth without fear and to challenge whatever diminishes faith, integrity or life … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For those in this community and in the wider church who are preparing, during this Lenten season, for baptism or full communion in the Catholic Church, for their needs and the witness of conversion they have offered … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For this community: that our deepened encounter with Jesus may be reflected in our care for all those in need both here and beyond ourselves … remembering your constant love, we pray,
Presider God who urges us forward, we thank you for continuing to make yourself known to us in new and surprising ways. Give us minds and hearts that are open to whatever you have to tell us. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the great challenger and truth-teller. Amen.