Worship At Home
The Twelfth Sunday
in Ordinary Time

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twelfth 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 your continual presence in our lives. Help us to be Christ’s presence for each other. We call to mind the times when we have chosen to distance ourselves from you through our actions and words as we practice our faith. Help us to recognize when the Spirit is resting upon us and moving us to action. Prepare our hearts to receive you whenever and wherever you come to us.
We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Job
The Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said:
Who shut within doors the sea,
when it burst forth from the womb;
when I made the clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling bands?
When I set limits for it
and fastened the bar of its door,
and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stilled!
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:
The love of Christ impels us,
once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;
therefore, all have died.
He indeed died for all,
so that those who live might no longer live for themselves
but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;
even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh,
yet now we know him so no longer.
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

The Gospel

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet!  Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ

 


Homily

No pre-recorded homily this week, as with the approaching end of the dispensation we are done recording Mass videos. In the future will will attempt instead to live-stream one of the Masses at Corpus Christi.

 

 


A Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we find Jesus and the disciples heading across the Sea of Galilee. They are moving from the Jewish shore to the Gentile shore, from the side where they are at home to the side where they are strangers; from the side where life is familiar to the side where it is new, different, and unfamiliar. The humanity of Jesus is seen in his physical and mental exhaustion. Beginning that morning, Jesus had delt with the Pharisees, taught numerous parables, handled a crowd of people and the disciples, had endured the hot sun and was tired, so he slept as they crossed over. He slept so soundly he didn’t notice a storm with waves that were tossing the boat so hard it began taking on water. The disciples, many seasoned fishermen, had lost control and begin to fear for their lives. They frantically woke Jesus saying “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus awoke and immediately rebuked the storm and said “Quiet, be still”, and the sea became like glass again.  They were left asking “Who is this?” because Jesus did not invoke the power of God before he spoke or acted.  In this miracle of controlling nature, the deity of Jesus was revealed and it left those around him to decide what they believed. The disciples had been focused on what was going on outside of them, and Jesus pointed to what was going on inside of them. “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” The Gospel writer Mark is not simply describing the 0weather conditions that day. He was describing the interior condition of the disciples. The real storm that was churning within them. It was the feeling of vulnerability, being powerless, being out of control, the fear of an unknown future, the sense of being abandoned and forgotten. We may have never crossed the Sea of Galilee, but we have been in that boat.
Storms in life have the ability to bring to the surface what’s really inside of us. What did we discover this last year through the life storms of a pandemic, political conflict, and civil unrest? The way we react to God during life’s storms reveals the truth about ourselves, whether we want it to or not. Look at the events of today’s world and we see fear, which is one thing both sides have in common in any conflict. The world today is crying out in fear, some with tears and screams of horror, some with silence and paralysis not knowing what to say or do. Some cry out with guns and violence and some with political rhetoric and posturing. Fear is a natural emotion deep in our nervous system that is meant to prevent us from harm or unnecessary death, but it has been manipulated by many, including those in authority, to control people. Even some in the Catholic Church have fallen into this fear trap, but manipulating fear is not of God; the Scriptures show us the most common thing God tells us is “Be not afraid.” God’s ways are love, hope, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. That is the good news. Some of our life storms begin with a phone call, a doctor’s visit, or news we did not want to hear. Some of them start with choices we have made, or mistakes that caused us to stray. Other storms tell us about the difficulty of relationships, hopes and plans that fell apart. Regardless of when or how they arise, life storms are about changing conditions that make us uncomfortable. When life is overwhelming and out of control, we find order gives way to chaos. It can feel like we are in a storm, on a slowly sinking boat. Waves of fear, vulnerability, and powerlessness can blow us off course. The sense of abandonment, the unknown, harsh judgment and criticism of ourselves and others are the waves that pound us. Too often, anger, finger pointing, isolation, cynicism, or denial become our make-shift shelter from the storm. Ultimately, the journey across to the other side is the voyage of change and transformation. Sometimes the changes are welcome and sought out, sometimes they are the last thing we wanted and make no sense to us; the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, retirement, moving to a new town or taking a new job, declining in health, loosing physical abilities, divorce, or the loss of a dream – all can force us to face our changing life and our changing world. Not all life storms come to disrupt our lives. Some come to clear a path and some help us to see more clearly. Be still and learn from the storms. “Let us go across to the other side” is an invitation for us today in our spiritual life. Jesus is always guiding us to the other side, to new ways of believing, seeing, thinking, and acting; to new ways of being with and relating to others; to new ways of living, loving, and trusting. These new ways are God’s ways and we are never alone. To go across to the other side is at some level to enter into new territory, a foreign land waiting to be explored or more deeply experienced. Faith does not change the storm, it changes us. Faith does not take us around the storm, but through the storm. Faith allows us to see and know that Jesus is there with us. Faith is what allows us to be still and peaceful in the midst of a storm.

 

 


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

In the name of your Son, Jesus, who rebuked the wind and calmed the sea, listen to our prayers, for ourselves and for our world.

 

For the church:
May we be people who speak words of peace into the storms of life and strengthen the bonds of community with one another…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the peace, justice, and civility of our world leaders:
May we help to calm chaos and fear in politics, religion, the environment, and the economy…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all displaced persons and refugees, often fleeing their homeland in flimsy boats:
May we create support to help reduce the reasons for their migration…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the success of our efforts to cool down our oceans, reverse their level of acidity, and clear out our garbage and waste…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and godfathers; for all men who serve and nurture young people:
May they continue to model their strength and tenderness, courage and wisdom, generosity and faithfulness…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…

(pause)

May those who lost their lives on land or sea, seeking refuge in safe places, be received into the Father’s home where no one is a stranger…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Merciful God,
you have shown your love for us throughout the ages and in countless ways. Give us the vision and courage we need to clearly recognize who Jesus is and what we must do to follow him.
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,
our world is filled with events, situations and life storms that can cause us great fear and anxiety. It is easy for us to become overwhelmed and live imprisoned by fear, but that is not your way. Help us not to fear the future, but to boldly trust that you are here with us as our spiritual shelter. May your life be our way, your words our truth, and your love our way of living.
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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