This Tuesday is Election Day don’t forget to exercise your right to vote and pray for those who will be elected to positions in government. Please pray the following prayers for those called to service in our church and in our government that they may always be led by God’s grace
During the month of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time for food, fellowship, fun, family, and football. But more than that, it is a time to be grateful for what God has given to us and a time to practice giving back a measure of what we have been given. Solomon, the wisest King of Israel, wrote in the Book of Proverbs, “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce; then will your barns be filled with plenty, with new wine your vats will overflow.” (Proverbs 3:9-10) Not everyone is a farmer, but we all have some sort of wealth that we can give back to God and to our community. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia define Stewardship as “returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent and treasure.”
This November, think about how you and your family can give back, not the leftovers after you’ve been stuffed with turkey on Thanksgiving, but the first fruits. Consider volunteering your time at the local food pantry. Consider using your talent to enrich your community, whether it’s by being a lector at Mass, cleaning the church on Saturday mornings, singing in the choir, or counting the collection on Mondays. Consider your treasure, what you hold most dear. Are you willing to give the best part of it back to God? Is your treasure a child who is considering a religious vocation? Are you encouraging that calling? Or is your treasure a monetary wealth and you are holding onto it despite the clear need in your community and your church?
Stewardship is not about hoarding what you have. It is about giving the best of what you have to others so that it can multiply and grow and bless more people than you could have ever imagined.
O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.
Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.
Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our towns, .state and country and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word, live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.