Worship At Home
First Sunday of Lent

 

 

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

 


 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The First Sunday of Lent

 

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.

 


Call to Worship

Welcome to Corpus Christi. We begin this Season of Lent, knowing that in some ways, with the pandemic, we have been living in a year of Lent. Many have known great suffering and sacrifices made for the safety and care of those around us. While some have become indifferent and hardened of heart clinging to individualism.
We did not seek out the pandemic, but there are many things to be learned from our experience. We must create a new way forward together, leaving the old ways behind.
Today, as we enter into the desert with Jesus, we are asked to pay attention to what we see, hear, and feel in the starkness of the landscape. To whom and to what do we belong? What parts of our lives have become fragmented?
We are challenged to strip away whatever has become routine and meaningless, to begin the healing that will make us whole again.
As we come together today, we long for renewal.
Let us take a moment to embrace the silence and prayerfully consider:
What are we being called to leave behind, to create something new within ourselves and around us?
Help us to recognize your presence in the poor, the lonely, and the oppressed.
Help us remember your family, where ever they may be, as we journey in prayer together.

 

 


Opening Prayer

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

Amen

We begin with Jesus’ words from today’s Gospel:
“Repent, and believe the Gospel.”
For the times we have grown weary and apathetic in faith or towards our sisters and brothers, let us ask for God’s healing and mercy.
This Lent we will be using the Confiteor as our Penitential Act. The Confiteor is a communal statement that acknowledges our brokenness and calls upon the whole Church to pray for one another, asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Together we pray:

I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore, I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Genesis
God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
“See, I am now establishing my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
and with every living creature that was with you:
all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals
that were with you and came out of the ark.
I will establish my covenant with you,
that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed
by the waters of a flood;
there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth.”
God added:
“This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you
and every living creature with you:
I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign
of the covenant between me and the earth.
When I bring clouds over the earth,
and the bow appears in the clouds,
I will recall the covenant I have made
between me and you and all living beings,
so that the waters shall never again become a flood
to destroy all mortal beings.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter
Beloved:
Christ suffered for sins once,
the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,
that he might lead you to God.
Put to death in the flesh,
he was brought to life in the Spirit.
In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison,
who had once been disobedient
while God patiently waited in the days of Noah
during the building of the ark,
in which a few persons, eight in all,
were saved through water.
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
It is not a removal of dirt from the body
but an appeal to God for a clear conscience,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven
and is at the right hand of God,
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.
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
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

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

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another reflection from our community

Just after his Baptism, Jesus heard a voice from heaven saying “You are my beloved Son.” This Sunday we find Jesus driven into the desert by the Spirit to deeply reflect on the meaning of who he is and to whom he is called to be. He remained there for 40 days and experienced an intense encounter with God. While in the desert, Jesus is tempted by Satan who offered food, power and prestige. Satan pushed him to become self-centered with the focus solely on himself. Jesus resisted the temptations and the angels attended to him. Jesus departed ready to begin his public ministry, anchored in knowing he was the Son of God. When Jesus emerged from the wilderness he proclaimed “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” A real repentance is a change of mind and heart; repentance with new attitudes and fresh patterns of behavior. What helped Jesus survive his 40 days of temptation in the desert? It was his close connection with God. Jesus took the time to be still and listen for God’s voice and be in conversation with God about what he was being called to do. Our lives are a journey with God. We draw nearer to God during ordinary times but also at times in the desert and wilderness. We set out to love others and to work for justice and peace but sometimes we can lose our way.
Lent comes around each year and presents us with its usual challenge to take stock of our lives, to see more clearly what is in our hearts and to discover what might be calling us out of our comfort zones. It can be a time to consider how we might respond to the pain of the world and where we need to take action. We too are being led into the desert by the Spirit to help us retrain our ears to hear God’s voice and follow where God is leading us. The past year has revealed how critical deep and intentional listening is and how difficult it can be to sort through the voices we hear both within and outside of ourselves. It is difficult at times to find a truthful way forward. Thankfully, God is love and is always speaking truth to us. But who are we listening to these days? Only what we want to hear, what we agree with, what affirms our personal lives and beliefs? Who are we not listening to these days? Our world is in crisis and we are all connected. Have we tuned out others because we don’t want to hear anything new or contrary, because we think we already know? Have we already made up our minds? With selective listening, we either give or withhold our agreement. If we agree, then it is the “truth”, if we don’t agree, then it is not the “truth”. This kind of listening keeps us safe and comfortable, excluding our life from anything that would ask us to change, to be different, or to move to a new place. This keeps our world narrow and focuses on our privilege with the illusion that we have and know the truth. We believe this truth is not only for ourselves, but for all others too. But this is not the voice of God.  So, what are we listening for? Lent is inviting us to listen more deeply and intensely with our hearts. We are invited to not hold on so tightly to our earthly existence, but to let go and feel connected to something larger and beyond ourselves. If we too anchor ourselves to God’s voice and truth, we can trust in the not knowing, the unexpected, and the uncomfortable. When we listen with our heart to God’s voice and truth, temptations will be useless as we will have courage even when we are afraid. When we listen with our heart to God’s voice and truth, we will go places we have never been, think about things beyond ourselves, and imagine things we never thought possible alone. This listening “truth” is not something to be proved or disproved but is something to be done, to which we bear witness to with our lives. We are being invited to take this time to dig deep and allow God to direct where we need to change: to reach out, to love, to give, to forgive, to heal and to reconcile. Will we simply endure this time in the desert or do the work necessary to secure truth, anchored in the voice of God? The choice is ours.

 

 


Profession of 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

We begin this journey to renew our faith and commitment to the Gospel values. Help us be aware of our needs and the needs of our sisters and brother across the world.

 

Our Lenten sung response:

 

 

For the Church:
May we turn our attention to those in most need of your healing and share your gentle care…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For our nation:
May we find ways to share our abundance with the millions in our world who lack the basic necessities of life…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For our world where instant gratification is the norm:
May we face our temptations with courage and make right choices leading us to fullness of life…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For all the sick and those who care for the sick:
May they find the strength to continue healing in your living Word…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

We remember those who have died,
Especially James Mentz, father of Ryan Mentz and father-in-law of Rimena Ramos Domingues Mentz…
(pause)
For the strength of faith to comfort for those who are waiting to die, in hospitals, hospice, or nursing homes…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

 

Patient and loving God,
out of love you have called us, an imperfect people, to be in covenant with you.
Help us during this Lenten season to ponder your ways and follow your paths that we may be worthy of this calling.
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,
you go to the deserted places of our lives and draw us there to be closer to your heart. For some that deserted place is accepting the limitations that age and disease bring; for others it is loneliness and grief; for others the struggle to make ends meet to just live through another day. Make us attentive to those around us and what aware of what is happening inside of us. Give us time to be still and listen for your voice as we embrace and rest in your Word. Ready to forgive and start afresh, let us set out on a journey together.
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 57:02. 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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