Worship At Home
Fourth 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 Fourth 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 continue our journey through the desert, Jesus reveals one of the most quoted phrases in the Bible, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son.” Jesus had clarity in his purpose and he named it. He is the light that came into the world to cast out the darkness of evil, not just for a few, but for the whole world. We too have been living in the darkness of individualism and tribalism. We try to hide in our darkness, but like the desert, there is no place to hide.
We are invited to remain here and reflect on our reliance on God and our sisters and brothers, making sure to work together for the common good.
As we come together today, we long for harmony.
Let us take a moment to embrace the silence and prayerfully consider:
How can we bring the light that will make a difference in the lives around us?
Help us to recognize your presence in the forgotten, the estranged, and the fragmented.
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

Jesus came to us as the loving light of God’s mercy to cast out the darkness of evil. He came for all the world, not just a few.
For the times we have chosen darkness over light 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 second Book of Chronicles
In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people
added infidelity to infidelity,
practicing all the abominations of the nations
and polluting the LORD’s temple
which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
Early and often did the LORD, the God of their fathers,
send his messengers to them,
for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place.
But they mocked the messengers of God,
despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets,
until the anger of the LORD against his people was so inflamed
that there was no remedy.
Their enemies burnt the house of God,
tore down the walls of Jerusalem,
set all its palaces afire,
and destroyed all its precious objects.
Those who escaped the sword were carried captive to Babylon,
where they became servants of the king of the Chaldeans and his sons
until the kingdom of the Persians came to power.
All this was to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah:
“Until the land has retrieved its lost sabbaths,
during all the time it lies waste it shall have rest
while seventy years are fulfilled.”
In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,
in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,
the LORD inspired King Cyrus of Persia
to issue this proclamation throughout his kingdom,
both by word of mouth and in writing:
“Thus says Cyrus, king of Persia:
All the kingdoms of the earth
the LORD, the God of heaven, has given to me,
and he has also charged me to build him a house
in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people,
let him go up, and may his God be with him!”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians
Brothers and sisters:
God, who is rich in mercy,
because of the great love he had for us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
brought us to life with Christ — by grace you have been saved —,
raised us up with him,
and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come
He might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;
it is not from works, so no one may boast.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works
that God has prepared in advance,
that we should live in them
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 John
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

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

 

 


Another reflection from our community

This Sunday we find Nicodemus, a Pharisee and Jewish leader, coming to visit Jesus in the cover of night. Nicodemus may avoid visiting in the daylight, associating with a man who is unpopular with religious institutions and which might reflect poorly on his own reputation. We are not given his true motivation for coming in the night, but it seems clear that he comes to Jesus in a state of confusion and spiritual blindness, trying to grasp what Jesus is trying to teach him. By day, Nicodemus knows who he is, a Pharisee, and has a role and reputation as a leader of the Jews. He knows and applies the law; he fits into society and has security and power. By the darkness of night things change. He is lost and confused, giving way to the question, “How can this be?” He is looking for something his daytime life cannot give to him; thus, he searches for Jesus. Going back to the time of Moses and the serpent, Jesus reminds him that God’s love for the world is so deep and magnanimous that nothing is spared for its salvation, not even God’s only Son. Jesus came into the world to save all and to invite them to walk in the light. We have free will and can choose to live in the darkness or the light. Christ not only casts his light on us to heal, but to illuminate us in a way which more clearly reveals the love which God has for all creation. Sometimes we forget we are called to be that love to the world. Instead, we subject people to harsh light, revealing only flaws which blinds us to beauty. When we turn our back on love; when we hide from relationships; when we wallow in selfishness, we shut ourselves off from relationship with God and condemn ourselves. Even when we find ourselves lost in the darkness of our most destructive behavior, the saving love of Christ is always available to us, inviting us to come out of the darkness and into the light. By our choosing to live in the light, we can no longer act as consumers of the world but as the hands and feet of Christ to one another.
This week we mark the passing of a full year in the pandemic and many of us are still in our own lands of exile. We are still socially distanced from one another and many of the things that assisted us in recognizing the love of God working in the world. Many have asked “How can this be?” and we have had to look with new eyes to see how God is working among us.  We have been taught by our society to live lives buying stuff, gaining monetary wealth and status, and preferring what is safe, predictable and familiar. But in the last year, many things that were hidden were brought to the light. We can no longer ignore them. We stumble through, grasping for something to hold, seeking answers and explanations for our life. Many things have been turned upside down, stripped away and there is much we don’t understand. We continue to feel vulnerable and have more questions than answers.  One thing has become clear, we are all connected and our actions or inactions affect others on a local and global scale. It is important to take this time to be still and reflect on the past year so that we do not remain in the dark but turn towards living in the light. We can no longer put off doing the hard work of this life or turning away from difficulties we have created. Authentic living involves facing and looking at the reality of death, not only our physical death, but also the many ways we die each day. These daily deaths can happen in various ways; in our disappointments, failures, and shattered dreams; in our regrets and sorrows; in our loneliness; our anger, fear, and resentment; the losses and broken relationships we experience; the exploitation and oppression of others; in our failure to act or speak out; in separation and isolation, and many other forms we may not have recognized before this last year. To really stand in these tensions of dark and light is to begin to better understand and clarify who we are, what are priorities are and who is being left out. This tension can help shape and focus our lives toward the light again. We must embrace letting go instead of possessing, unity instead of division, self-denial instead of self-satisfaction, moving forward instead of status quo, and self-examination instead of blissful ignorance. When we freely come to follow Jesus, fear becomes courage, falling down becomes rising up, wounding becomes healing, failure becomes forgiveness and death becomes life. The invitation is there daily, the choice is ours to make.

 

 


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

We are people of gratitude called by God’s love to live in the light of Christ.
Let us lift up all those who long to encounter Christ.

 

Our Lenten sung response:

 

 

For those who feel abandoned by the Church or other institutions because of war, poverty, illness, abuse, mistreatment, or injustice of any kind:
May we be a visible demonstration of God’s mercy and love…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For the will to show mercy to those we judge unworthy:
prisoners, immigrants, people with addictions, those with a different life experience, and those who have cheated or hurt us…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For those struggling with darkness in their lives:
for programs and organizations that focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment or revenge…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For broken relationships within families;
for unreconciled losses due to death or alienation;
for children of divorce and abuse;
for the sins inherited from our ancestors;
for healing…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

For all who face hardship because of the pandemic:
May they not lose hope, and may all people be willing to work together to support one another, and find ways to help others in this time of need…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

We remember those who have died…
(pause)
May they know the everlasting light and joy of heaven…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

 

 

Loving God,
you have shown your unending mercy to us and to countless generations before us.
Heal us when we are arrogant, prod us when we are forgetful, and show us how to extend your mercy to others.
Create in us forgiving and merciful hearts that can recognize the distress of others.
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 remind us that we are not called to be consumers, but to be contributors making the world a better place for all. Instill in us the immediacy to restore dignity through equitable labor, and a living wage. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Inspire us to practice meaningful sacrifice for the virtue of being in solidarity with our sisters and brothers. Help us to create a world together where, beyond our own needs and hurts, we will do justice, love tenderly and walk humbly with you and each other.
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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