Worship At Home
The Sixth 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

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

Loving God,
we come into your presence thankful that your love rains down equally on all of us. Encourage us to engage with our sisters and brothers in respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas. Help us to build bridges of love allowing our differences to harmonize beyond our limited imaginations. We offer to you all of our praise and petitions as we prepare our hearts to receive your life-giving word.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen


The First Reading

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
When Peter entered, Cornelius met him
and, falling at his feet, paid him homage.
Peter, however, raised him up, saying,
“Get up. I myself am also a human being.”
Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,
“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.”
While Peter was still speaking these things,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.
The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter
were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit
should have been poured out on the Gentiles also,
for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God.
Then Peter responded,
“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people,
who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?”
He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John
Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
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 his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Homily

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


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday finds Jesus sharing one of the best-known discourses on love. He reminds the disciples of his commandment that acts as an anchor for them as the branches, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.” This is an invitation to live in close relationship as a friend to Jesus. Jesus further continues with “This I command you: love one another.” This imperative commandment calls the disciples to actively love, reaching out to others – God to Jesus, Jesus to his disciples, the disciples to one another and beyond. This unconditional love cannot stop there, but must be moved out beyond the confines of this group into the broader world. They are being called into the mission of bearing fruits of this deep love that still continues today some 2000 plus years later. Jesus’ mission and ministry were to share with all people the love of God that he knew so intimately. His actions towards the “lesser ones” of the world was to demonstrate to them that they are not only worthy of love, but they were already loved. How did Jesus love? Freely without restriction and without seeking something in return. He loved those that no one loved and he loved those who hated him and sought his demise. No one promised us that following Jesus would be easy but we have the love of God as our anchor. To live in the love of Jesus and know the love of God all we have to do is love one another in return. It seems simple, but we are challenged sometimes by people who make our lives difficult and unpleasant. Can we love those who hate us? Can we love those who are ridiculed and despised? Can we love people who practice or look differently? Can we love without counting the cost? As Christian people, we believe that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. To look upon another person with love and compassion is to see the face of God revealed. When we are called to love, we are called to recognize that every single person is worthy of love and made in the image of God.
To begin to love our neighbor as yourself, we need to know two things: we need to know what love is and we need to know that we are loved. Embraced by such love we are gradually transformed and begin to recognize God’s love in places we never suspected it would be found. The love of God breaks down the barriers between Gentile and Jew, between slave and free, between the poor and the prosperous, between women and men, between young and old. Our eyes are opened to the ways we have tried to confine God’s love to the conventional boundaries we have set. We discover that our own insistence on legitimate religious practices may really be spiritual elitism, perhaps what we judged wrong was merely an unfamiliar openness to God’s truth. We live in a day and age when offense is as common as breathing. Lines and labels divide us and criticism runs rampant. That is not God’s love. We should be more intentional with our words to build people up instead of tearing them down. Speaking words of encouragement will attract people to relationship with God instead of repel them. We may not agree with the choices people make for themselves, but we can always find something good if we take the time to look for it. Celebrating with them in spite of our own preference or pain is a strong show of love. Our time, talents, kindness, compassion, joy, and prayers are all free-flowing things meant not for hoarding but for continuous sharing. To love one another we show up and are present with hearts open, allowing the other to be what they are and support them in love. Every time God puts a person in our lives, we are given an opportunity to grow in love and when we love one another, the divine image shines more brightly within us. Be kind. Build bridges. Go above what is expected to show love as Jesus’ commands.

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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful

Called to love one another, we pray for our sisters and brothers here, and those spread throughout the world.
For the church:
May we work to create lasting unity in our communities, remembering that there is no one that God does not love first…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the courage to listen to the needs of the unchurched, and for the creativity to imagine new ways to communicate God’s love with them through compassionate encounter…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For our mothers and stepmothers; grandmothers and godmothers; for all women who have loved or believed in us; and for women caring for others in impossible situations…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those celebrating their first Eucharist:
May they always feel welcomed at this table with genuine love…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those among us most in need of love, especially the sick and those in hospice, the discouraged and depressed…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died,
Including over 3 million people who have died from COVID 19…
(pause)
May they be welcomed into God’s everlasting embrace…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

God of joy and mercy,
we are grateful for the gift of your redeeming love. Grant us all we need when we are weary, uncertain or afraid, while helping us to love others with the same generosity with which you have loved us.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Spiritual Communion Prayer

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.


A Blessing for all mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day, we would like to bless all those who are mothers, grandmothers, or fulfill the role of mother.
Please raise your hands for the blessing.

With hand extended:

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children.
Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
help us to love those whom we find difficult to love. Give us a heart that reaches out to those we would otherwise ignore. Open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. With you all things are possible. Fill us with the courage we need to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and establish peace and equity for all our sisters and brothers.
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.


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