Prayers Of The Faithful
3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A
30th April 2017 


Let us turn to God with hearts open in faith and pray for those in need.



·         For a sense of gratitude and thanks for the Emmaus story: May the clear message that it is the Word and the Eucharist that empower us - grace us to live as Jesus calls us to do.     

(PAUSE)               Risen Christ: Hear our prayer


·         For the Australian bishops meeting in conference this week: That they will respectfully listen to and learn from each other so they  are  better able to  guide the Church through the present challenges and bring to life a new sense of community, tuned to  Gospel values.

(PAUSE)               Risen Christ: Hear our prayer


·         For a just sharing of our national resources and that as our political leaders prepare the 2017 Federal Budget they will do so in a spirit of caring for the needs of the whole human family, urged by the reality that people matter more than profits.

(PAUSE)               Risen Christ: Hear our prayer


·         For Jack - baptised this weekend. Together with his family may he grow in faith within the community of the Church.   

(PAUSE)               Risen Christ: Hear our prayer


·       For Barry Townsin, Nunziata Di Tanno, Joe Markham, Antonio Saggese, Lucy Cust, Ann Kuhn, Skye Cotu, Maria Mascia, Sheila Kinden, Nazha Shamieh, Dan and Brenda McMahon and all who are in need at this time, and all who care for them.

(PAUSE)               Risen Christ: Hear our prayer


·       For the dead, that they may rise to the fullness of joy in God’s presence, especially Father Patrick Creed, Elena Tomasoni, Frank Provera, Onorina Renzella, Gelsomina Gentile and all departed family and friends.

       (PAUSE)              Risen Christ: Hear our prayer



God of the pilgrim Church, you pour out your spirit on those who walk on the road of faith.  Hear our prayers and help us to recognize the presence of the Risen Lord in our midst. We ask this through Christ, the Lord. Amen.

3rd  Sunday of Easter
 30 April 2017
Heart’s hunger and recognition

Kieran O’Mahony osa

We come to Easter faith by acknowledging the hungers of the heart (“our own hope had been”), by searching the scriptures (“our hearts burning within us”), by holding on to the story of the first disciples and witness of the women, by the Eucharist (“the breaking of the bread”) and by sharing our faith (“they told their story”). Is there more? As the story starts, he stops them. Towards the end of the story, they stop him from walking out of their lives, perhaps for ever. The moment of desire leads to the moment of recognition and a life-changing encounter.

See Kieran’s exegetical commentary on today’s readings at his Tarsus website.

- Association of Catholic Priests, Ireland