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Readings and liturgy notes

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

24 July 2022
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First reading

Genesis 18:20–32
Abraham negotiates with the Lord.

Responsorial psalm

Psalm 137(138):1–3, 6–8
R. Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

Second reading

Colossians 2:12–14
Christ has brought you to life with him and forgiven us all our sins.

Gospel acclamation

Romans 8:15bc
You have received the Spirit which makes us God’s children, and in that Spirit we call God our Father.

Gospel

Luke 11:1–13
How to pray

Images from the Word

  • Teach us
  • Persistence
  • Ask
  • Give me leave 
  • Been raised up

Liturgical notes

In the Lord’s Prayer a petition is made for daily food, which for Christians means preeminently the Eucharistic Bread, and also for purification from sin, so that what is holy may, in fact, be given to those who are holy.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §81 

The inclusion of the Lord’s Prayer in the Mass came very early. Including this prayer at the time of Communion draws us in two ways. First, we, the holy people of God, petition the Holy One to give us a share in that holiness: ‘Give us today our daily bread.’ This petition then links the Eucharist with our petition for forgiveness: ‘Forgive us as we forgive.’ The generous gift of God is an invitation to do the same and forgive those who ‘have trespassed against us’. So we move from this prayer to the sign of peace. 

‘Accept, O Lord, we pray, the offerings which we bring from the abundance of your gifts, that through the powerful working of your grace these most sacred mysteries may sanctify our present way of life and lead us to eternal gladness.’ 

—prayer over the offerings
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