[In today’s Responsorial Psalm we sing or pray, “in you, O Lord, I have found my peace.” Finding that peace usually comes from our being reconciled not only with God, but with people from whom we are estranged. Here are some beautiful words to think about and pray with from the Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation II.]
Father, all powerful and ever living God,
we praise and thank you through Jesus Christ our Lord
for your presence and action in the world.
In the midst of conflict and division,
we know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace.
Your Spirit changes our hearts:
enemies begin to speak to one another,
those who were estranged join hands in friendship,
and nations seek the way of peace together.
Your Spirit is at work
when understanding puts an end to strife,
when hatred is quenched by mercy,
and vengeance gives way to forgiveness.
For this we should never cease to thank and praise you.
We join with all the choirs of heaven as they sing for ever to your glory:
Holy, Holy, Holy (based on the praise of the Seraphim in Isa 6:3 and Rev 4:8)
God of power and might,
we praise you through your Son, Jesus Christ, who comes in your name.
He is the Word that brings salvation.
He is the hand you stretch out to sinners.
He is the way that leads to your peace.
God our Father, we had wandered far from you,
but through your Son you have brought us back.
You gave him up to death so that we might turn again to you
and find our way to one another.
Therefore we celebrate the reconciliation Christ has gained for us.
We ask you to sanctify these gifts by the power of your Spirit,
as we now fulfill your Son’s + command.