The Prayer over the Offerings at Mass on Sunday, the 24th in Ordinary Time, reminds of how we live our Christian faith (and are intended to live our human life) together, careful each for the other.
Prayer over the Offerings
Look with favour on our supplications, O Lord,
and in your kindness accept these, your servants’ offerings,
that what each has offered to the honour of your name
may serve the salvation of all.
Through Christ our Lord.
Often the corporate nature of our Sunday worship (especially) seems neglected. Sometimes it seems we come together only because we come to be at the Mass, and for that we need to be present with the priest, and the presence of others can seem merely incidental.
Yet our gathering is the first sign, and experience – if experience it as such we will – of the presence of Christ. We are his Body assembled in this place: faltering and inadequate though we may be. And yet, precisely because we falter and are inadequate, we have a responsibility to pray and serve each other.
Frescoes, exposed interior of rock church, Goreme, Turkey. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.