Worship At Home
The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.

 


 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.

There is a place for you here.

 


Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

Loving God,
we praise you for the constant call to live a life by the light of your truth. We lay before you the barriers to our unity, the way we dehumanize others, and the things that we cling to that keep us from loving one another as sisters and brothers. Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as you love those we have discarded or diminished. We long to live our fullness of life in solidarity with the common good.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy
Moses spoke to all the people, saying:
“A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you
from among your own kin;
to him you shall listen.
This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb
on the day of the assembly, when you said,
‘Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God,
nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.’
And the LORD said to me, ‘This was well said.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin,
and will put my words into his mouth;
he shall tell them all that I command him.
Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name,
I myself will make him answer for it.
But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name
an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak,
or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.’”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
I should like you to be free of anxieties.
An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord,
how he may please the Lord.
But a married man is anxious about the things of the world,
how he may please his wife, and he is divided.
An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord,
so that she may be holy in both body and spirit.
A married woman, on the other hand,
is anxious about the things of the world,
how she may please her husband.
I am telling you this for your own benefit,
not to impose a restraint upon you,
but for the sake of propriety
and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet!  Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
The Gospel of the Lord

Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we find Jesus performing the first miracle in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum and in contrast to the other religious authorities such as the scribes, Jesus is teaching as having authority in his own right. We know of Positional Authority where people claim respect because of the position they hold, which is easily abused; case in point the Romans. There is also Relational Authority where leaders seek to gain respect. They seek to be transparent with those they lead and are open about their mission and vision. They seek to minister out of a respect that has been earned; case in point Jesus. Jesus was humble and deeply human and was allowing people to meet him in their own humanity. In the synagogue there is a man with an unclean spirit among them. He is not unique or remarkable and speaks not just for himself but also as one of them, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!” He has become so familiar and accepted in their lives and community and so much a part of who they are, that they neither react to nor are affected by him. Jesus rebukes him and frees the man of the unclean spirit within him. He does not harm or reject the man who speaks up, but separates the unclean spirit from his truest spirit. Jesus calls him back to himself. Those who see this are so lost to themselves that the good news of Jesus astounds them and seems so different from what they have seen or heard before asking, “What is this? A new teaching with authority?” This is what Jesus is doing in the synagogue, calling them back to themselves. Jesus has come to chase out everything that is not truly us as we are intended to be. He came to destroy the false voices and identities, destroy the powers that diminish and deny the fullness of life and human dignity. He came to make whole all that has be fragmented and divided.
Discipleship requires change in us. Jesus invites and empowers us to join in his healing mission to overcome whatever it is which tears people apart, whether at the individual, community or global level. Each of us can easily become “dis-eased” in different ways by forces over which we have little to no control. Some are enslaved by addictions to drugs, abuse, alcohol, food, gambling and more. Some have listened too long to false voices of condemnation and quilt, grief, fear, anger and judgement. Voices demanding perfection that can never be satisfied, creating consumers and not embracing our authentic selves. Voices that keep us in constant comparison and competition leading to individualism. First, we dehumanize the “other” and then we are able to discount their value and worth and then we can enact all kinds of terrible abuse and acts against them because we have written them off as less than human. Sometimes we do this to our own worth and value with debilitating self-talk denying the gifts we have to share. In our alienation we need a different voice to call us back to ourselves, we need a new recognition of the ways in which our lives have become fragmented. These are the times when we have betrayed our own integrity, turned against the truth about who we really are or become confused about ourselves and lost by following false voices. It can sneak up on us not only as individuals but collectively as searching people estranged. As easy and tempting as it is to ignore or cover up our alienation, it is even easier and more tempting to project it onto and blame someone else. We must be still and look at our lives, reflect deeply on who we have become and wrestle with deep questions. What do we need to let go of or have dragged out of us? What in us is not of God’s unconditional love? How can we dive into the life we are meant to live, bringing healing and love to help unite all peoples? No matter how lost we are to ourselves, the ability to recognize the Holy One remains. The Holy One has never left us, the Holy One is beside us and within us calling us back to ourselves with a deeper voice of truth, inviting us to live our lives to its full potential. Whatever our alienation might be individually or collectively, Jesus has entered into the synagogue of our lives and calls us back to ourselves. He will not run from or avoid our alienation and the many ways we have become estranged from ourselves. He will invite us into recognition and clarify the truth about who we are over and over again. The Gospel this Sunday is as much about calling forth as it is about casting out. They are the two sides of the same coin.
 

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

In thanksgiving, let our prayers and concerns be known to God who is constantly calling us back into relationship.

 

For the church:
May all those in leadership, speak boldly and act with the light of your truth, helping to unite all peoples…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For world leaders called to confront violence, systemic racism, devastating poverty, the degradation of our climate, and inequality wherever it is found in the world…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For discernment when we are confronted with conflicting voices claiming authority…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the patience, vigilance, and understanding needed to keep us safe and curb the transmission of COVID-19, especially as we gratefully await the distribution of the vaccine…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those suffering from spiritual, physical or mental illness, poverty or addiction, depression or despair, especially in this community; and for those who work to assist and heal them…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died,
Especially Carole Zahariades,
and Karl Lacher, the father of Sue Schmittdiel…
(pause)
Bring them each into your heavenly light and comfort those who grieve their loss…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Loving God,
you sent your son to walk among us and teach us with authority about your ways.
Grant us the wisdom to discern your word to us in every age and circumstance.
Help us find true peace by resting in you.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we thank you your invitation to follow. We thank you for calling us back to ourselves to live in your light. Help us let go of what keeps us from you and guide us along your path of truth. Give us the strength it takes to listen rather than to judge, to trust rather than to fear, to love rather than hate. Grant us the courage to bring healing and unity to ourselves, to our families, to our communities, and to our world. We ask this through Jesus, our brother, who humbly walked among us.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Amen.

 

 


Announcements

The read announcements are prerecorded by a member of our community and then inserted into the video of the Mass. The video below should begin at the point in the Mass where the announcements are read, this week at about time 53:20. If it does not, you can fast-forward to that point in the video by using the horizontal slider near the bottom of the video window.

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