Worship At Home
The Third 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 Third 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

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

Loving God,
we praise you for the hope you renew in us. We look to you to be our strength this day. Open our eyes to see your kindness in the world. Open our ears to truly listen to you and one another. Open our lips to speak your love and mercy upon all peoples. This morning and all mornings, keep us singing of the goodness of your gifts that differ in many varied ways. Be with us today, God from whom all encouragement comes, support our prayer, so that we may not grow weary.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah
The word of the LORD came to Jonah, saying:
“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,
and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”
So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,
according to the LORD’S bidding.
Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;
it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began his journey through the city,
and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,
“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed, “
when the people of Nineveh believed God;
they proclaimed a fast
and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,
he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;
he did not carry it out.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out.
From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,
those weeping as not weeping,
those rejoicing as not rejoicing,
those buying as not owning,
those using the world as not using it fully.
For the world in its present form is passing away.
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
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.
The Gospel of the Lord

Homily

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

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in in the Gospel we find Jesus beginning his ministry in Galilee after John the Baptist has been arrested. Jesus comes across Simon and his brother Andrew and simply invites “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They abandon their nets and follow him. Then Jesus comes across James and John and simply calls to them, and they leave their father in the boat and follow. Mark’s account is indeed simple, for he is known for writing briefly and to the point. Jesus didn’t need to convince people, or argue why they should follow him. He didn’t dehumanize others or divide them to win their allegiance. There wasn’t any deal to be signed or lengthy description of what following would involve, just a simple invitation to follow. These people took the brunt of the Roman oppression and new the strict interpretation of the Jewish Law. They were called by God and in that moment, they had to make a decision to trust the one who was calling them, or to hesitate and feel the need to be in control and know exactly where their “yes” would take them. It was a leap of faith to leave behind their fishing livelihood for something new. It was a leap of faith to accept God’s call and let the teachings transform them into proclaimers. It was a leap of faith, out of a simple invitation, that let the love of God shine through them. God seems to choose the most unlikely people to preach to others, a few fishermen, friends of friends, and even a tax collector. It doesn’t really matter who brings the Good News, but rather who receives it. The very ordinariness of these disciples was a deliberate action on the part of Jesus. It was a clear message that his message was not for the learned scholars and interpreters of the Torah, but rather for the everyday person. Hearing the call of Jesus today may not involve leaving one’s profession, but it will involve a change in attitude and a transformation in everyday life in a variety of ways. Following Jesus does not take us where we might expect to go. It is not a call to an easy life, it is not a call to power and authority, but a call to a life of growth that will constantly surprise and challenge us as it did the disciples. Let us answer the call by having the courage to let go of our own plans and simply let God shine through us so that others might see and follow.
We may not fish for a living, but we know about days that can all blend together. Life can become a routine, lived on autopilot, and we don’t expect much to happen. We work to make a living, feed our family, pay the bills, gain security and head to retirement. We work to get the things we want, a house, a car, books, clothes, a vacation, to gain approval, earn a reputation, and establish a status. We work to get through another day of loneliness, sadness or illness. What if “follow me” is Jesus’ invitation to step into the fullness of our life? What if the call is to become more fully alive? What if it is about becoming more authentically ourselves, living with integrity and humbly sacrificing for another? Sometimes the answer to the call takes us to places we never wanted to go or to circumstances we never wanted to face. Sometimes it sets before us something beautiful and other times it reveals ways in which our lives have become disfigured. The “follow me” moments of life are less about where we are going or what we are doing, and more about who we are becoming. “Follow me” moments ask us to let go, leave behind, and to walk away and participate in God’s saving work. It’s the work of change and growth that is always about moving to a larger vision, orienting our life in a new direction, and experiencing that our story of life is connected to and a part of a much larger story of life, God’s life. We are pretty good at accumulating and clinging to things and not so good at letting go. Let us work toward the goal of being fully human while discovering God’s divinity within us. We need to let go so that out life may be reoriented, so that we can now travel in a new direction, so that we may be open to receive the life of God anew. Jesus calls us into a new way of being light during our everyday activities; work, school, families, running errands, fixing dinner and helping with homework, and in doing so our world changes. “Come and follow me.”

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

We stand in the same place as the disciples—at the point of Jesus’ invitation to repent and follow him—Let us pray.

 

For the church:
May we continue to foster a more diverse and vibrant faith, embracing life in all its fullness as a sign of hope…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For our leaders:
May we let go of the divisiveness and mistrust that divides us opening up a new path of dialogue, cooperation, and advancement of the common good…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For educators and students:
May they be kept safe and not grow weary in their opportunity to learn and grow…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those distributing the COVID 19 vaccine:
May they have all the supplies needed to help protect our most vulnerable members…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all those who are struggling with grief and loss,
those who cannot face the day because of depression or fear,
and those who face illness and disease…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…
(pause)
May they be an example to us of answering Jesus’ call to follow…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

Merciful and patient God,
you never tire of calling us to something new and wonderful. You see in us what we cannot see in ourselves. Grant us the humility and the courage to become the people you call us to be. Help us especially when change seems difficult, or even impossible.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

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 your invitation to follow. We thank you for new beginnings. Help us let go of what keeps us from you and lead us where we need to go. Give us the courage to live with integrity, humility and sacrifice for the good of our sisters and brothers. Help us to celebrate the joy of abundant life as you intend for us. Through your great love, let all who need you, especially now, feel your presence and know your peace.
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.

 

 


Closing Song

The Church of Christ Cannot be Bound:

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Announcements

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