We need to make ourselves rich in God’s sight and, through prayer and the sacraments, store up treasure for ourselves in heaven. We pray to the Lord for a greater trust in his providence among all the followers of his Son.

We pray for the leaders of the Church: may they set an example of personal holiness which will encourage all Christians to put the love of God first in their lives: (pause) Lord hear us.

May those in charge of world finance never lose sight of the fact that people are more important than wealth. May they always seek to help those in need: (pause) Lord hear us.

For those obsessed with materialism: may they come to appreciate that this world is passing and that the pursuit of wealth for its own sake is indeed the vanity of vanities: (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray for all those societies and organisations whose aim is to cater for the needs of the poor: may they distribute wisely, not only the goods at their disposal, but their time and compassion with the poor and the lonely. (pause) Lord hear us.

We pray with Mary for whom God’s will was all important, as we say together: Hail Mary … etc.

In silence, we make our personal petitions to God, who loves us and cares for us.

God our Father, in our poverty we come to you so that we may become rich in your grace. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C