May 5, 2022
Father God, you have not only called us to be your children, you have established us in faith. You bound the human family to yourself through Jesus your Son, our Redeemer, with a new bond of love so tight that it can never be undone. This is your gift to your children, to believe in you, and in the one you sent to us, Jesus your Son. Make us firm in this belief. Help us to build up your gift of faith across our land,
by living the gospel of Jesus Christ,
being a light to those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
bringing a cup of water to the parched, food to those who hunger,
love to the unlovable, inclusion to those cast out,
protection to the abused and vulnerable,
hope to those in despair,
compassion for the poor,
joy to the sorrowful of heart,
freedom for those enslaved to addictions,
care for our common earth,
and respect for all people, who are made in your image and likeness.
Draw us to your heart of grace, so that our lives and our land will be transformed.
This prayer comes before you Father, in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Saviour, who reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Father Joseph Ring
Our Saviour Catholic Church, Jacksonville