Worship At Home
Pentecost Sunday

 

 

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

 


 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

Pentecost Sunday

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 thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and bring us peace, but also direction. Come and be with us now. Help us to listen to the needs of our sisters and brothers to stretch our understanding beyond our perceptions. Expand our capacity to love our neighbor and welcome the stranger. May we embrace the truth that there are many paths that all lead to you.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians
Brothers and sisters, live by the Spirit
and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other,
so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry,
sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I warned you before,
that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh
with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.
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:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”
The Gospel of the Lord

 


Homily

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

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost and the arrival of the Advocate. An advocate supports those who feel they are not being heard and ensures a person has the tools to make an informed decision. The Advocate helps us to be responsive to the will of God in our lives using the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. For the weeks following the death of Jesus, the disciples had lived in fear and confusion, not fully understanding what had happened and not knowing what to do next. When they realized that the Spirit Jesus had breathed upon them was truly present and urging them to action, they finally had the courage to begin the mission that Jesus had entrusted to them: to spread the Good News of Jesus to the whole world. God was the divine source and Jesus shared God’s message. Finally, the Spirit revealed the mysteries of God and Jesus to his followers. The tangled undergrowth of fear, anxiety, and nervousness was cleared away and the new life of the Church germinated, took root and has been growing ever since. The early Church was a very complex and diverse community, just like today. They argued over many things such as should Gentiles become Jews before they could claim to be Christians. Some followed Paul over Jesus and others were focused on finding out when the end to times would happen. Many were betrayed and killed for their beliefs. They depended on the Holy Spirit to guide them, to comfort them, to advise them, to be Christ’s presence among them. The constant presence of the Holy Spirit is a reminder that in various, unexpected, and inculturated ways, the Word of God has been present in all peoples, in every culture and every land. The disciples heard and understood, and more importantly, were empowered by the Spirit. They were proclaimed ambassadors for Christ. While we build our faith on the believers who have gone before us, we have the responsibility to listen to our contemporary culture and put it into conversation using the love of the Gospel. We are not allowed to retreat from the world, but are boldly sent out to enter into conversation with it. If we listen, we can hear in this dialogue the harmonious symphony that God continually composes to show us how to love one another. The invitation of “Come Holy Spirit” indicates recognition of the need for the Spirit’s intervention and openness to accept the guidance that the Spirit brings. This powerful prayer can be used in any significant undertaking or need for inspiration.
When it comes to listening to the Church today, some people mistake mono for stereo, and uniformity for unity. Yes, we have the same uniting goal of spreading the love of God and sharing the Good News, but with the many gifts of the Holy Spirit, there is no limit to how this can be done. Rigid uniformity is not of the Holy Spirit, yet we continue to make distinctions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, woman and man, worthy and not worthy; distinctions that favor one at the expense of the other. When we come across as judgmental and arrogant, the world sees us as hypocrites who criticize others for the same sins we commit ourselves. This is not the Holy Spirit at work. Instead of escalating conflict with accusations and condemnations, we are called with words and actions to testify to the truth about what we ourselves have experienced by walking with God, and then listening. Listening is sometimes the hardest part, causing us to put someone else and their experience before ourselves, to better understand others needs. Times are changing, as they always do, and instead of fighting for what is no longer serving the current needs, we need to let go and boldly follow where the Holy Spirit is leading us. We are to be forward, hope-filled people. Too often the air we breathe is polluted with sorrow and death, attachments and addictions, fear, anger, revenge, and brokenness. God is calling us to so much more. Unity is not easy and demands tolerance, creating harmony in the many notes that can play in a chord.  Where we destroy, God creates; where we hurt, God heals. Through the Spirit, God brings about the winds of change, fresh air and the fullness of life. We desperately need the renewal that the Feast of Pentecost can offer today. Where can we find it? In the actions of love, hope and joy; in stories of patience, gentleness, courage, and peace; in accounts of merciful forgiveness, reconciliation and wonder; in the stories of healing, life and resurrection. We are renewed each time rivalries are resolved, peace is restored, comfort and solace are offered, diversity is viewed as a gift, and forgiveness is granted. These things and more can be heard in our unifying “native language of love”, the language of God. We can become indifferent and loose our ability to be moved by others. Some might say, “Well, that was just emotions, feelings or hormones.” Maybe so, but look deeper to when we felt what it was like to lose ourselves, and yet find ourselves, in the life and love of another. We were filled with a spirit that was not our own, one that we did not create and could not control. We were enflamed with the love of God. Now is the time to start innovating, wondering, exploring and experimenting to create the space to meet the current needs of those who desperately need the loving welcome of God. Now is the time for us to boldly go forth, reaching out and listening to those who feel unheard, knowing the Advocate is right beside us guiding us for all of today’s challenges.

 

 


Reflection Song

Spirit Blowing Through Creation:

Wide:

tall:

 

 


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

Let us pray for minds and hearts open to inspiration, so that we may continue the work Jesus came to do.

 

For the gift of wisdom:
May we rise above conflicts, scandals and power struggles to recognize where the Holy Spirit is at work in our world…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of understanding:
May we see things from another’s point of view and recognize how the Holy Spirit is calling us to live…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of right judgment:
May we know the difference between right and wrong and choose to follow the Holy Spirit…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of courage:
May we speak up with a gracious tongue and turn to prayer when faced with challenges and struggles…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of knowledge:
May we find understanding and meaning in what the Holy Spirit reveals to us in the Gospel…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of reverence:
May we be filled with peace and fulfillment while humbly serving others…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the gift of wonder and awe:
May we be filled with tears of joy in the amazement of the Holy Spirit, who is ever-present…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Gracious God of life,
we are ever in need of renewal as individuals, as a church and as a human community. Open us to the Spirit’s power. May we recognize and employ the gifts you have given each of us to help renew the face of the Earth.
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.

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we thank you for the transforming work of your Holy Spirit in our lives and through our lives. Soften the places we cling to rigid thinking and help us to extend loving welcome in new creative ways for our challenging times. Empower and inspire us to boldly proclaim the Gospel, reminding us that that the love of Jesus is always there filling in the gap between the love we need, and the love we receive. May our lives exemplify the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
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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