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Are you hearing
God's call?

Reconciliation and Healing

March 2006

LEADER: O God, you have created us in your own image, and we long to see your face. Quiet our minds and enkindle in our hearts the flame of your divine love while we journey with you in truth. Assist us in our reconciliation with ourselves, one another, the church, with all your people and the universe. Bless us with harmony in our relationships that we might leave the imprint of your goodness throughout the world. Faithful God, help us to be faithful through Jesus who is our way, our truth and our life. AMEN.

OPENING SONG: Servant Song, by Donna Marie McGargill, OSM, or Song of the Body of Christ adapted by David Haas

READER: A reading from Paulís letter to the Corinthians:
Indeed, if we are ever caught up out of ourselves, God is the reason; and when we are brought back to our senses, it is for your sake. THE LOVE OF CHRIST IMPELS US who have reached the conviction that, since one died for all, all died. He died for all so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who for their sakes died and were raised up. Because of this, we no longer look on anyone in terms of mere human judgment. If at one time we so regarded Christ, we no longer know him by this standard. This means that if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creation. The old order has passed away; now all is new!
(2 Cor.5:13-17)
LITANY OF FORGIVENESS
(Invite each person present to read a prayer until all have been read.

All respond: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.)

Jesus, you live in a tenement and comb through the garbage cans of others to find food to stay alive.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you cannot read or write, you live on welfare where your name is only a number.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you are cold and shivering on the streets, you have no warmth in your house or in your heart
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you are pregnant without a husband, a child with no parents, and your days are long and lonely, your nights are dark with despair.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, your face is multicolored, your land taken away, and you experience prejudices of many kinds, degrading words and are treated without dignity.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, your body is adult but your mind is that of a small child, you do not understand why others are impatient or derisive.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, your body reeks of pungent odors because you have no place to bathe, people avoid you because you are dirty, uneducated, unskilled, unwanted.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you were laid off last week, you cannot possibly pay the rent or feed your kids.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, your vision is blurred with age, your hands are shaky, your memory faded, your skin is wrinkled and your bones ache.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you were only a little girl wanting to feel arms around you; you gave up your virginity and you now feel used and very much alone.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you are in pain, twisting and sweating on a lonely bed of sickness; because of AIDs no one will come or care.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you feel that you are without a voice, without power, without any ability to shape your own destiny, and you have given up on life.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you just could not take it any longer, you walk the streets again selling your body, fearing that you are also selling your soul.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you are imprisoned in a world of addiction, a snake pit of bottles, pills and needles, seeing no way out.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, on your small body are the bruises of abuse, on your soul are the scars of neglect.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you are dying in war, genocide, famine and pestilence, without hope.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you protest against war and training schools for war and are scoffed at.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus, you try to awaken us to global warming, pollution and ecocide and you are imprisoned as an enemy of a good economy.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

Jesus you come into our lives each day wearing a thousand different faces, speaking with a thousand different voices, and you challenge our willingness to love.
R: JESUS, FORGIVE US FOR NOT RECOGNIZING YOU.

REFLECT/SHARE:
  • In what area of need does the love of Christ impel me to be a reconciler?
  • How do I hope to do this?
RITUAL

LEADER: Let us exchange a sign of peace with each other.

CLOSING PRAYER: (Together)
Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts,
To straighten whatever has become twisted in us,
To enlighten what has grown dark in us,
To warm the compassion that has grown cold in us,
And to revive whatever of life and love may have died in us.

Call us out of our darkness into your light.
Call us out of our blindness into your sight.
Call us out of our loneliness into your love, O Jesus.

Amen.