Worship At Home
The Second Sunday of Easter

 

 

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

 


 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

Second Sunday of Easter
“Sunday of Divine Mercy”

 

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

Let us begin, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen

Now, here in this place
we lift up our hearts full of gratitude.
May our prayers of thanksgiving rise to you
for all that you have done for us.
Blessed by your name, now and always.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John
Beloved:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one that testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
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
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
The Gospel of the Lord

 

 


Homily

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

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we revisit the familiar story of Doubting Thomas. We find the disciples hiding in a room after their beloved leader and friend had been brutally executed by the authorities, fearing they would be next. Jesus appears among them, offers a greeting of “Shalom or peace be with you” and breathing the gift of the Holy Spirit on them. Thomas was not with the disciples for Jesus’ original appearance. He struggles to believe with fear still deep within him. Sometimes, we focus solely on his doubt, overlooking that Jesus came back and met Thomas where he was in his doubt, fear, and hopelessness. That was the starting place for Thomas to live in the realization of the Resurrection. Doubt, fear and hopelessness are natural responses to such a tragic event. Jesus called Thomas back into relationship with him bringing God’s peace. It didn’t take long for the disciples to be convicted and liberated as followers. They banded together in communities of compassion, sharing their wealth, ensuring that none were needing among them, risking it all, for the sake of Jesus’ mission. This resurrection takes time, it is not a one-time event; it is something we grow into through practice. Each person starts their journey in a different place with different circumstances. By the grace of God, we evolve into resurrected people through our relationships and the circumstances of our lives. It is not always easy and some days are just plain difficult, but God wastes nothing.
Each one of us has put our faith into someone (a family member, co-worker, spouse, or person in authority) or something (an ideology, dream, program, or organization), only to be left heartbroken, abused, manipulated, or cheated. Let us remember the peace that God gives who is always calling us closer. In fear, doubt and the confusion of not knowing everything, we have turned to other sources like multimedia, Google, Fox news, and Facebook, only to realize that everything has an element of spin to it, making it difficult to know what to believe anymore. God stands among us and speaks the peace of the Resurrection inviting us to draw closer. We grow frustrated with leaders who cling to traditions and rigid rules that do not serve the faces or the needs of those around us, making us want to throw up our hands and walk away. God stands among us and speaks the peace of the Resurrection inviting us to draw closer. When our lives are out of control and we can no longer cover up our cracks of human brokenness with lies and deceit, God stands among us and speaks the peace of the Resurrection inviting us to draw closer. When these things happen, we too, like the disciples, want to lock ourselves inside a room. We feel too lonely to be around others; too beaten to be healed; too embarrassed to take another risk; too jaded to be vulnerable with anyone; too heartbroken to ever love again. We must not let our hearts be hardened, for we have God’s peace and the Holy Spirit with us. God appears to us where ever we are locked away, bringing “Shalom”, a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. God’s peace can put the world into a balance that no war, no hatred, no cynicism could overcome. God’s peace can put the spirit into a balance that no fear, no doubt, no shame, no lack of trust could overcome. Peace, not through domination, but through submission. Peace not though winning, but through forgiving. Peace not through individualism, but through community. Peace not through force, but through service to others. God’s peace builds bridges of trust and allows us to walk together again loving our sisters and brothers. When Jesus says, “Shalom be with you,” he is saying, “May every aspect of the Kingdom of God in its fullness be with you so that, instead of worrying, you can focus on experiencing and sharing God’s love.” Let us not grow weary of practicing and sharing God’s peace and love.

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

Christ is risen and is present among us. Let us ask for what we need to live as believing, faithful disciples.

 

For the church:
May the Holy Spirit open new ways to deepen our faith through questions and listening, helping us to be a living witness of the risen Christ…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the peace that Christ bestowed:
May every nation, community and family experience deep and lasting peace…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those whose faith has been shaken by life’s circumstances or who doubt their capacity to believe, especially in those areas of the world where life is threatened…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the courage to take actions to protect and care for all creation and set our economies on new more life-giving paths…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those most in need of healing:
the seriously ill, the neglected, the addicted and those with mental illness…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…
(pause)
May they rejoice with the risen Christ at the banquet of the Lord…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Compassionate God,
like Thomas, we are sometimes unsure, wavering or weak. But we rely on the witness of generations of believers who declare that your Son, the risen Lord, is here among us. Uphold us when we are doubtful and encourage us when we are afraid. Help us to remember your unending mercy.
We pray in Jesus’ name, our risen Lord forever and ever.

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 meeting us where ever we are and walking with us. Prepare us for the work that lies ahead with your Holy Spirit securely by our side. Help us to use the many ways in which you nourish us as sources of unity and life for all people. Encourage the difficult conversations that need to take place and give us graceful tongues. May we find harmony through love of you and our neighbor. Replenish our spirits with new strength and prepare us to meet each day with renewed thankfulness and hope.
As we remember what you have done for us,
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 52:28. 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.

 

Alternatively, you can see the Parish Bulletin online.

 

 

 

 

 

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