I find myself quite ambivalent about attempts to the link the Prayers of the People with the biblical readings for the day (as I realized, once again, today at Mass). When did this trend develop? As much as I appreciate worship deeply shaped by Scripture, it seems this “shaping” can be taken too far and become quite artificial. Prefacing every intention in the prayers of the people by some reference to the biblical readings of the day is — in my experience — often forced, sometimes silly, and always distracting. Why not simply announce the intentions, and leave it at that? Random detours, even if through biblical texts, are are unhelpful here — or am I missing something (beyond a routine impulse that more Scripture is always good?).