Worship At Home, Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

The Twelfth Sunday of 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 Song

Be Not Afraid:

We are providing two versions of the sheet music for your convenience, a “tall” version (probably better for phones and tablets) and a “wide” version (probably better for computer screens):

Tall:

Wide:

 

 

Opening Prayer

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

Amen

Loving God, source of all light and life, as mourning breaks we sing our praise and thanks to you for the wonder and beauty of this new day. Empty handed, we come into your presence acknowledging that our lives are in your hands. We look to you to be our strength this day.
May our prayer glorify your holy name and our work this day be an offering to you.

Amen

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
Jeremiah said:
“I hear the whisperings of many:
‘Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!’
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.’
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
for he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Psalm

Be With Me:

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin
after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.
But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Gospel Acclamation:

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 


Homily

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

I want to begin by offering words of gratitude to all of you who have the vocation of being a father. You have an enormous responsibility, along with your spouse, in raising your children. It has never been an easy task. We have all been children. We all know how we can try you in your efforts to guide us and lead us to live grace filled lives. All the more reason to pause today and say thank you for all you do for your children. I hope and pray, your daughters and sons, who love you, will celebrate your presence in their lives in some beautiful way. May God bless each of you and your families today and all the days of your life.
“Do not be afraid”. These are the words of Jesus to his disciples in the Gospel today. He was sending them out into the world to extend his ministry of love and mercy. There was anxiety on the disciple’s part, knowing that as they went out, Jesus would be right there with them if they got into trouble. Jesus knew this. By telling them not to be afraid, he was naming the demon inside their emotions—the fear that threatened to paralyze their feet, silence their tongues, and mute their witness to the Gospel he asked them to preach.
Throughout our sacred history, the message to not be afraid, has been spoken and expressed to individuals called to do the same work Jesus’ charged his disciples with. It seems that it was said enough to ward off the most common and often first reaction to any act of good will that calls people to a higher destiny and a better way of life if they so choose. Jesus knew, there had to be a conscious decision on the part of each of his disciples to acknowledge they were scared but then to dig deeper for the trust they needed to put fear aside. The good work of their ministry would only have an effect if they did that.
We all know there is much to fear in this life. We have felt it in very dramatic ways these last few months. Like so many things, the fear we have experienced, came up suddenly, and seemingly without any warning. The pandemic has knocked most us a for a loop. The unknowns of its reach is what scares us. Seeing people suffer and die because of the virus has caused us to become overly cautious. Constantly being aware of so many little things we never thought of before. Learning the new reality of what it means to keep our distance, when before we were free to have, to hold and to be in close quarters with each other.
Recently, we became afraid when riots broke out on our streets. Buildings were randomly looted and burned. Places that just days before, offered us safety, a place to eat or shop, were all of sudden being destroyed. With this destruction fear overtook us. We didn’t know what was going to happen next. We also were confronted with the innate fear experience for generations, by our black sisters and brothers. Their fear is deep seated. It is real. It is long-standing. What has begun to sink in for all people of good will, it is now is the time to alleviate this fear once and for all. No one should be shackled by fear. No one. When some people live in constant fear, everyone else bears the burden and responsibility to try and alleviate it.
As stark as the admonition is that Jesus gives about not being afraid, so is his antidote to eliminate fear in our lives and help others do the same. He says what diminishes fear is love. It is love that is unadulterated. It is love that transcends race color and creed. It is a love where there is no partially or distinction. It is a love given freely, without condition. It is a love laced with mercy. It is a love that has no bounds. It is a love which Jesus exemplified in his life and ministry. It is the love he called his disciples to when he sent them out. It is love he calls us to live as he commissions us to minister on his behalf to all people. Hence the reason he continually reminded his followers not to be afraid. His eternal presence would be enough for them to overcome their fear. It is enough for us too.

 


Another Reflection

This Sunday we return to Ordinary Time and the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus is mid instruction to the Twelve trying to tell them to not be afraid as they will face the challenges of attempting to live and give witness to all he has taught themThis Gospel illustrates that following Christ is comforting, but not comfortable. Jesus says: “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” The Good News of the Gospel is not something to be talked about and then lived behind closed doors, it demands public witness and proclamation. We are sent out. There is light in the midst of darkness. There is love in the midst of hate. There is hope in the midst of suffering. “Do not be afraid” is one of the most commonly repeated sentences in the Bible. We need to hear this more than once. Jesus is reinforcing that the message his disciples will bear will not always be well received and there will be those who seek to silence them through violent means.
Now is the time for the Gospel to be proclaimed openly and boldly. The doors have been flung open: What was concealed, must be revealed; what was secret, must be made known; what was said in darkness, must be spoken in light; what was whispered, must be shouted. When something shameful remains buried, hidden, and unhealed, then its power over us is increased. We become burdened and chained by fear. Not speaking up feeds our fears and lowers our self-worth, limiting out chance to a whole life as God intended. Hearing and then living the Gospel is a path towards becoming more fully ourselves and Jesus is a symbol of what that fullness looks like. Jesus is the comfort that will carry us through our disappointments and the strength to help us endure the hardships that come with discipleship. We must take it seriously, listen deeply, and open ourselves to the work that is set before us. Ask yourselves, am I still growing in my faith? Where am I being challenged? Where am I still afraid? Who would I be if I ever became fully myself, if I lived into God’s dream for me and my life? Am I living a life-giving existence? Then as a community, and as a universal church we must ask: Are we a voice for the voiceless? Is our understanding of who God or Jesus is today the same as it was last year, five years ago, fifteen, twenty-five? Do we read and hear the scriptures the same way we did when we were a child? Do we still pray the same way we did a few years ago or when we were a child? Hopefully, we have grown and changed. Hopefully, we have separated from previous beliefs, understandings, and practices to claim new ones that reflect who we are today as beloved children of God. If not, why haven’t we changed? What is restricting our growth? We must speak the truth into those places to move forward proclaiming from the housetops even when it makes us uncomfortable. The building may be closed, but the church is still open, alive, and sent out working in the world. Come, Holy Spirit!

 


Reflection Song

Spirit Blowing Through Creation:

We are providing two versions of the sheet music for your convenience, a “tall” version (probably better for phones and tablets) and a “wide” version (probably better for computer screens):

Tall:

Wide:

 

 


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

PRESIDER:
Eager to live in the truth and light, we lift up these prayers for our sister’s and brother’s around the world.
LECTOR:
For the church:
May we have the courage to breathe new life in the church and reject fear…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For peace, justice, and civility our world:
May we be instruments of unity for our community, politics, religion, and the environment…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who fight to bring truth, clarity, understanding and compassion:
May they not grow weary, but grow in numbers…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all fathers and stepfathers, grandfathers and godfathers, for all men who serve and nurture young people…
for their strength and tenderness, courage and wisdom, generosity, and faithfulness…
We Pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who struggle with their own identity or do not feel a sense of belonging:
May we show them God’s grace and love…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick and those struggling with recovery:
May they be freed from all anxiety by the comforting touch of those who care for them…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For our loved ones who have shown us the path of Christ and have gone on to eternal peace in heaven.

(PAUSE)

We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

 

PRESIDER:
God, our strength, we thank you for sending your son to show us how to live boldly for others.
Help is to be patient with those who are afraid and courageous in the face of those who promote fear.
May we remember that you are with us always, loving and protecting us.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

Lord, at every turn in our lives, you are there with open arms.
Help us to free the shackles of fear that bind.
Help us to discover your word and your will for our lives.
Grant us the wisdom needed to live a life of forgiveness and love.
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.

 


Blessing for Father

Before we go our separate ways, in honor of Father’s Day, we have a blessing for all those who are fathers, grandfathers, or fulfill the role of father, please accept a special blessing:

(with hands extended)

God our Father,
In your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men, who have taken upon themselves the responsibility of parenting.
Bless those who have lost a spouse to death, separation, or divorce and who are parenting alone.
Bless those who stand in the place of lost fathers, foster parents, coaches, uncles, and teachers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.
Grant that we, their daughters, and sons, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord

Amen