Towards Jerusalem I send flowing peace, like a river.
Psalm 65(66):1–7, 16, 20
R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
The marks on my body are those of Jesus.
May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, and the fullness of his message live within you.
Luke 10:1–12, 17–20
Your peace will rest on that man.
Images from the Word
- Consoling breast
- New creature
As the gifts for Eucharist are being prepared the deacon prays while missing the water and wine: ‘by the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.’—Order of the Mass, §24
Early church writers often spoke of the incarnation in terms of its wide ecological significance: ‘God became human so that humans may become God’ is a familiar expression of this mystery. Because God is incarnate in Christ, all of creation is now blessed by God’s presence. As the gifts of bread and wine are dedicated for Eucharist, we acknowledge them to be the ‘work of human hands’. This dedication invites us to make the offering of our lives, so that we too may be graced as God’s presence.