Worship At Home
The Eleventh Sunday
in Ordinary Time

 

 

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

 


 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 gathering us as many, made one. You desire to grow us in your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Forgive us when our roots are so shallow, and our hearts are so restless, that our lives fail to bear fruit. For the times we were too rushed to care, when we were too tired to bother, when we were too preoccupied to listen, when we were too quick to act out of motives other than love. Open our hearts to find our home in you and in the places to which you call us.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel
Thus says the Lord GOD:
I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense,
according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.
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 said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”
He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.
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 hear the parable of the growing seed and the parable of the mustard seed. Jesus uses the familiar image of the seed to describe God’s Kingdom. In the first parable, the scattered seeds yield fruit and Jesus proclaims that the harvest has come. In the second, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to the smallest of seeds: the mustard seed. When the seed is sown, it grows to be one of the largest plants, a plant which provides shade for the birds of the sky. We cannot control the growth of a seed; it has all it needs already packed inside its pod and DNA. The idea of the Kingdom being already present in the person of Jesus was a bit much for the Jews of his day to accept. They thought the Messiah was going to wage a military victory over Rome and then God’s Kingdom would come. Jesus used parables to proclaim the good news that, by his very presence in the world, the Kingdom of God was already here. Like a seed planted in the ground, God works in hidden ways. We cannot always understand what God is doing or why things turn out the way they do. God wastes nothing and in some way God is using all the world’s events, both the good and the bad, to bring the Kingdom to fruition. This is difficult for us to grasp today. The germination of the seed is a mystery because it takes place underground where you can’t see what is going on. Even the farmer doesn’t know exactly how it all happens. They just know that when the seed is planted, over time the seed germinates, sprouts and grows. It is what seeds do.  Growth happens naturally, just the like the change of the seasons. When we plant seeds, it may look for a time like nothing is happening, but we need to be patient. We need to trust God to do the work. As long as we are planting seeds, we can be confident that some of those seeds are going to grow. Seeds may sprout anywhere in the field of life and the Kingdom can find its way into the lives of individuals and communities in ways that may be surprising.
These two parables are words of encouragement for us today, as a hurting Church, community, society and planet. Nature is a wonderful healing teacher, our growth can be slow, but as the seeds are planted and then nurtured and watered, lives are transformed and changed for the better. Jesus “spoke the Word to them as much as they were able to hear” to uncover the hidden truths of the Kingdom. We come together week after week to hear more teachings, gain more understandings and find new ways to be a living sacrament of love. Just how much good news are we able to hear right now? And once we have heard the news, what are we willing to do about it? Sometimes we just want to have things our own way, keeping God in a tidy corner of our lives that we can take out and show off as it suits us. Maybe we don’t want to hear the good news because we know it means we will have to change in some way. Being part of the Kingdom means giving up control, and we like to think we are in control of not only our own lives, but sometimes others. Just like the growth of the seed, God works in mysterious ways. Many times, it is not the way we expect God to work, but God often chooses the unexpected, the unimpressive or even the nuisance of a weed, and while nobody’s looking, it grows with a power beyond our understanding. It may look like nothing is happening as we sleep and rise, wait and trust, hope and pray. We go about the ordinary life and within that ordinariness, the life of God has already been planted in each one of us. One day, it sprouts and grows and the invisible becomes visible. What can this look like? Every time we choose love instead of anger, every time we choose generosity instead of greed, every time we choose to work for another’s good instead of our own, we are participating in the Kingdom of God. Just showing up and letting the Spirit move us where we need to go can be the moment that changes another person’s life for the better. Small actions of love and care can grow into something hopeful and life-giving. Greeting new people and being present to hear part of their journey are mustard seeds that can make a big difference in building the Kingdom. We can attract or repel people by our words and actions. Where are we spending our energy? Are we waiting for big moments without recognizing the small ways Christ is calling us to serve daily? We are always being invited into a deeper clarity through Jesus’ parables. They are the lens that sharpens our focuses on God. They give us a glimpse into God’s kingdom even as we look at the things of this world. Parables ask us to see and think in a different way but rarely give us answers. Parables ask us to let go of our “what you see is what you get” world which will not last and trust that what we see is not all there is. There is always something more. That something is the Kingdom of God. Let us set aside our own agendas and listen to where God is calling us to go and share love today. As we move forward into our new future, we should take the time to step back and look at where we are compared to where we have been so we can identify and participate in the continuous growth of the Kingdom of God.

 

 


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

Like all people before us, we live in uncertain times. As we hear Jesus’ words, we take them into our hearts and hope to produce fruit by living them. We lift up these prayers for our family spread throughout the world.

 

For the church:
May we help to sow the seeds of love, joy, hope, peace, patience, kindness, and faithfulness, spreading our branches further to reach more people…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For lasting peace in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine:
May all people be free from terrorism, nuclear threat, and economic exploitation…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all who till the land or work with plants:
May they retain a sense of reverence, awe and gratitude for the stalk, the leaf, and then the full plant that comes forth from the earth…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the dignity of life:
May we work to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, visit the prisoner, and help care for the earth…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who are discouraged in their battle with illness each day:
May they find comfort in Scriptures and support from those around them…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…

(pause)

May we be comforted by Jesus’ words of hope and promise…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

God of promise,
your Spirit is at work giving us growth and allowing us to flourish. Help us to trust in your hidden ways as we watch your kingdom growing in our midst. Grant us patience and encourage us when we cannot see the results we hope for.
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,
you have given us life and set us in a world that is filled with your glory. Help us to reach beyond ourselves and to give thanks for all of your creation that share this universe with us; people of every nation, animals of every species, all forms of vegetation, the planets, stars, and all the elements. Guide us to be advocates for our earth and for those who live in poverty. Let us enjoy the silent working of the Spirit within us and be part of the unseen, yet dynamic, silent, yet spectacular growth of the Kingdom of God.
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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