[In the gospel for today, Jesus tells a parable about people rejecting an invitation to a wedding banquet. Unfortunately, we can and sometimes do choose to go our own way and sin. Fortunately, God seeks us out. Here are some beautiful words to think about and pray with from the Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation I.]
Father, all powerful and ever living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks and praise.
You never cease to call us to a new and more abundant life.
God of love and mercy, you are always ready to forgive;
we are sinners, and you invite us to trust in your mercy.
Time and time again we broke your covenant, but you did not abandon us.
Instead, through your Son, Jesus our Lord,
you bound yourself even more closely to the human family
by a bond that can never be broken.
Now is the time for your people to turn back to you
and to be renewed in Christ your Son, a time of grace and reconciliation.
You invite us to serve the family of mankind
by opening our hearts to the fullness of your Holy Spirit.
In wonder and gratitude, we join our voices with the choirs of heaven
to proclaim the power of your love and to sing of our salvation in Christ:
Holy, Holy, Holy (based on the praise of the Seraphim in Isa 6:3 and Rev 4:8)
Father, from the beginning of time
you have always done what is good for man
so that we may be holy as you are holy.
Look with kindness on your people gathered here before you;
send forth the power of your Spirit
so that these gifts may become for us
the body + and blood of your beloved Son, Jesus the Christ,
in whom we have become your sons and daughters.
When we were lost and could not find the way to you,
you loved us more than ever;
Jesus, your Son, innocent and without sin,
gave himself into our hands and was nailed to a cross.
Yet before he stretched out his arms between heaven and earth
in the everlasting sign of your covenant,
he desired to celebrate the Paschal feast in the company of his disciples.