Prieres - 1 April 2017

en - Fifth Sunday of Lent and Gospel Nonviolence

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Keep us from being preoccupied with worldly goods at the expense of justice.

"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth." Help us not to be ruthless with one another, and to eliminate violence around us.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Let us not be impatient under our own burdens and unconcerned about the burdens of others.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled." Make us thirst for you and spread your love in our lives and in society.

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy." Grant that we may be quick to forgive and slow to condemn.

"Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God." Free us from our senses and desires, and fix our eyes on you.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." Help us to make peace in our families, in our country, and in the world.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for the kingdom of heaven in theirs." Make us willing to suffer for the sake of right rather than to practice injustice; and do not let us discriminate against our neighbors and oppress and persecute them. Amen