Almighty ever-living God,
direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may abound in good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Collect for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the 4th form of the Eucharistic Prayer for use in Masses for Various Needs we find the following text.
Open our eyes to the needs of our brothers and sisters;
inspire in us words and actions
to comfort those who labour and are burdened.
Make us serve them truly,
after the example of Christ and at his command.
And may your Church stand as a living witness
to truth and freedom,
to peace and justice,
that all people may be raised up to a new hope.
It resonates powerfully with the text from Isaiah that Jesus prclaimed in the Gospel passage we heard at Mass yesterday.
The mission of Jesus continues in the Church, and it is one that we are commissioned for in our Baptism. It is the mission to which we are dismissed each Sunday – to go and glorify the Lord by our lives.
- How, in particular, do you play your part?
- What might be your next good work?