I cannot…, a Prayer of Intercession — Lawrence Moore, UK

At the end of each section, pause to allow participants time to reflect and fill in the names of places and people as appropriate, silently or aloud, as appropriate for the group.

I cannot take bread
and forget those who are hungry….

I cannot take wine
and forget those who thirst for justice….

I cannot look at the cross
and forget those who feel abandoned by God….

I cannot hear words of peace
and forget those people and places ravaged by war….

I cannot receive words of forgiveness
and forget those against whom I hold a grudge….

I cannot celebrate the Feast of God’s Family
and forget our divisions….

I cannot look at the cross
and forget that Jesus calls me to follow….