Worship At Home
Second 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 Second 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. Today, as we climb up the mountain top with Jesus, we take in the dazzling glimpse of God’s glory. Any encounter with God changes us and we are filled with hope. We wait in the tension of knowing and not yet knowing; of getting it and not yet getting it all. We are invited to remain here and reflect on our past before we climb back down the mountain to create our future together.
As we come together today, we long for rejuvenation.
Let us take a moment to embrace the silence and prayerfully consider:
What is keeping us from being all that God has called us to be?
Help us to recognize your presence in the outcast, the isolated, and the burdened.
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 in the tension of knowing and not yet knowing.
Longing for transformation, help us better understand our past to create a future together.
For the times when we have clung tightly to living a life made of this world, 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 put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”
When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.
So he went and took the ram
and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
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
Jesus took Peter, James, and John
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them,
and his clothes became dazzling white,
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.
As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

 

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

This Sunday we find Jesus on a mountain top with his disciples Peter, James and John. While there, Jesus was transfigured and stood before them in glistening white. This in itself would be overwhelming, but then Moses and Elijah appeared on either side of Jesus talking to one another. Moses was one of the greatest lawgivers, and Elijah was one of the greatest prophets. See together, Jesus represented the greatest gift from God and the fulfillment of both the law and the prophets. The disciples were stunned at what was happening. Peter, who was clearly overwhelmed, proclaimed, “Rabbi, it is good we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Then a cloud came and from it a voice spoke, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” And after that they no longer saw anyone and were alone with Jesus again. While the setting is different, in this passage we glimpse a moment of encounter with God. Any encounter with God changes us. Yes, there was a transfiguration of Jesus’ outward appearance, but more importantly, the disciples hearts were changed by the immensity of God’s love. Peter response to build tents and freeze the moment illustrates that he was reactive and perhaps short sighted, but open and willing, and we should take comfort in that. He misses the point and yet Jesus still loves him. Peter has not understood that Jesus is breaking the mold of the old prophets and creating a new vision, one that is endorsed by the voice of God on the mountain top. Jesus asks them to keep what they have experienced a secret knowing it will not be revealed to all until after his Resurrection. Perhaps this event was about preparing and helping the disciples live through the coming changes. Although the mountain top experience may have provided some new insight and new energy, it is back down in the valley that the world waits for healing. That is where the real work needs to be done, where the sick and the poor are crying out for God’s love and mercy.
We have all experienced significant changes over that last year and some of it has caused us to be stunned, overwhelmed or to stumble and fall. God wastes nothing and somehow new life is hidden in the midst of change even when we cannot see or believe it. God uses the changing circumstances of our lives and world to bring us into new life. Change can help us regain our balance, get our feet back under us and re-orient us to God’s voice. It can be about stepping into new life when we aren’t sure what it looks like. In the midst of change, fear will appear and many voices will begin to speak to us, both internally and externally. There are voices of commentators chattering about what is happening and what should be done, voices of judgement and voices of second guessing. There are voices of self-doubt, self-criticism, and voices telling us to run and hide or fight and resist. Some voices ask questions and want explanations, while others deny what is happening, blame others, and declare it to be the end of the world. How do we live in the midst of change? What do we cling to when it seems the world around us or within us is changing? The voice of God speaks from the cloud overshadowing the fear and feelings and simply says “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Are we taking the time and space to be still and listen to God’s voice? True listening is an interior quality, a way of being which is more about the heart than the ears. We are being invited to be present, open and receptive to the one who is always present to us. True listening asks us for intention, attention, and to let go of the things that can deafen us: past guilt, sins, regrets, self-doubt, self-hatred, fear, anxiety, the need to control things, competition, comparison, judgments, anger, resentment and condemnation. Listening is a spiritual practice that opens us to healing, reconciliation and union. Change does not have the final word in our lives, God does. In the midst of change, Jesus speaks a word of life, a word of hope, a word of forgiveness, a word of mercy, a word of beauty, a word of generosity, a word of courage, a word of love and a word of healing. Can we hear it? Transfigured moments change us, sustain us, prepare us, encourage us, and guide us into the future regardless of the circumstances we face. It is difficult work, but we are never alone in it. We are to let God’s concerns and desires become our concerns and desires. It is understandable to want to remain in the warmth of the experience of God’s presence, but these moments are to inspire us to go out and share with others through our words, deeds and actions. We are to be that witness to attract others to God and help them deepen their relationship. We too must come down from the mountain top to get to the real work that needs to be done in the valley, where the sick and the poor are crying out for God’s love and mercy.

 

 


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 seek a deeper relationship with Jesus and pray for all whose faith or trust is challenged by the demands of daily living.

 

Our Lenten sung response:

 

 

For the church:
May we find a new and deeper understanding of how our faith compels us to act on behalf of the poor and the marginalized, the persecuted, and the suffering…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For those who are cynical, doubtful, hurt, or despairing:
For all those whose faith is tentative or shaken: may they search deep into their hearts to follow Jesus’ path…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For Catechists and Teachers, Preachers, and Theologians:
for all who are models of faithfulness who continue to stretch and challenge our understanding…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For those fighting illness, depression, or nearing the end of their journey here on Earth:
May they experience God’s grace through the comfort and care offered by others…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

We remember those who have died…
(pause)
May they forever enjoy Christ’s divine glory with the company of all the angels and saints…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

 

Gracious God,
you give us insight and understanding, we pray for hearts and minds open to new and fresh encounters with Jesus in our lives. Help us when we become complacent, guarded or fearful of new possibilities. Fortify us with love and compassion especially for those whose understanding is different from our own
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 for your patience as you continue to reach out and call to us. Help us let go of the things we cling to so we can receive the gifts you offer us. We long to live a life that is open, boundless and free, ready to receive whatever comes our way with you at our side. Inspire us to find new ways to listen, love and bring healing to the valleys we live in.
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 usually prerecorded by a member of our community and then inserted into the video of the Mass. We did not do that this week. Please see the Parish Bulletin online, or you can download it here.

 

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