Worship At Home
The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Nineteenth 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

Though the Mountains May Fall:

 

 

Opening Prayer

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

Amen

Gentle God,
in the midst of all things,
good and bad,
joyful and fearful,
in peace and in stress
you are here beside us.
You are our light and our salvation;
with you we fear nothing.
Come pull away all things that keep us far from you.
Help us to name you as present with us in our daily life,
in the ordinary and extraordinary,
whether alone or in the midst of loving relationships,
and even in places of fear.
Our hearts are in need of comfort, and our minds are in need of peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Kings
At the mountain of God, Horeb,
Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter.
Then the LORD said to him,
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;
the LORD will be passing by.”
A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains
and crushing rocks before the LORD—
but the LORD was not in the wind.
After the wind there was an earthquake—
but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake there was fire—
but the LORD was not in the fire.
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.
When he heard this,
Elijah hid his face in his cloak
and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh.
They are Israelites;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


A Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus, after feeding the multitudes, finally getting away and going up a mountain to pray and mourn John the Baptist. He sent the disciples away in a boat and after a time, came back to find a storm has come up and the disciples are in great distress on the water. He began to walk towards them on the water and the disciples could not make sense of this and thought he was a ghost. It had to be a ghost, what else could it be? That is the power of fear to deceive, distort and to drown. Jesus said “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter needed further proof, so Jesus asked him to come out to him on the water. Peter began to walk on the water but when he looked around at the wind and the waves, he lost sight and began to sink crying out to Jesus to save him. Jesus did, and when they got back in the boat the winds died down and the waters calmed. They paid him homage and said, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” The disciples had just witnessed Jesus feeding the multitudes, and yet, they still doubted. Peter shows courage in venturing out of the boat’s security into the stormy waters, but then reality sets in and his faith wavers. Peter’s trust slips when he takes the focus off Jesus and puts it on himself. Most of us are caught somewhere in Peter’s story, having faith but also doubt, having courage but also fear. Peter can be both a representation of all humanity as well as the Catholic Church today. The Church stepped out boldly 50 plus years ago into renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council, but when individuals from various states of life began to waver, we began to sink and we have not actualized many things yet from that Council. What have we lost as a Church because of our fear? Where would we be today if we had the faith to embrace those changes? Can we start anew today? A boat is often used as a symbol of the Church. In this story, it is easy to understand the symbolism of Jesus coming across the stormy waters and winds of modern times in order to help the Church stay afloat. Storms of sexual abuse, clericalism, racism, gender equality, loss of the ordained…Pope Francis is rowing the boat back to the source, Jesus. He is breathing a new life in to the authority of the Church asking them to smell like their sheep, and to be like a field hospital healing as they go. Rule by dictate and fear is not the example of Jesus, accompany in relationship and love with mercy is. This pandemic has given us the space and grace to focus on how best to serve those in our community. It has stripped away many of the standards and rubrics and opened our eyes and hearts to new ways to accompany people on their journey. It has shifted our focus on relationships and connection. We have the opportunity for life giving change to help move the Catholic Church forward if we are open to the Holy Spirit’s calling, the same Holy Spirit that blew fresh air into the Vatican II Council. We have a lot to pray about. What do you think are the biggest problems for the church today? What is causing the worst storms? What changes need to be made? Are you afraid we will all sink? Do you think we will be rescued? What is keeping us from change? Many areas of the Church are not growing, and it is our work collectively with the Holy Spirit to help it grow in all aspects, including diversity, accessibility, accountability, inclusion, mercy, charity, and love. We are the Church.
This year has brought up a lot of fear for a lot of people. We fear our own death and the death of our loved ones, we fear the loss of health, security, and being out of control. We fear the unknown, what will happen, and what might not happen. Many of us have cried out “Lord! Save Me!” As a society, we have seen that fear take hold of us, distort our vision, and drown our lives. Fear often determines the choices we make, the words we say, the action we take, and the prayers we offer. The world is crying out in fear, some cry out with tears and screams. Some cry out with silence and handwritten signs in peaceful protest. Some cry out through paralysis, not knowing what to say or do. Some cry out with violence and demeaning labels. Some cry out with political rhetoric and posturing. More often than not we cry out to be rescued from the circumstances of which we are afraid. We want to escape the storm and be picked up and set down somewhere else that is safe and comfortable. Jesus doesn’t do that. He didn’t do that for the disciples, and he doesn’t do that for us. Instead, Jesus reveals himself, speaks, and comes to the disciples in and from the very midst of the storm itself. Jesus enters the storms of our lives. The real miracle in this story is that Jesus walks on the storms that brew and rage within us. Divine power and presence have and always will trample on, overcome, and conquer human fear. Every time we cry out in fear, Jesus comes to us saying, “Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid.” That is the invitation to abandon ourselves to God in the midst of our storms and fears. Regardless of how much faith we have, disease takes a toll on our body, accidents happen, and loved ones die. Despite our faith, life can be difficult, relationships break up, and we don’t always get what we want. No matter how strong our faith, the seas of life gets rough and stormy at times. The disciples’ voyage across the sea is a passage from one kind of faith to another. It is the journey from faith used to escape life’s storms to a faith that carries us through the storm; from an external faith of physical presence and proof to an interior faith of spiritual presence; from a faith dependent on the circumstance of our life to one that experiences Christ present regardless of what is going on around us. In every storm of life, we must decide whether to get out or stay in the boat. Sometimes faithfulness means staying in the boat and simply rowing. It begins in our hearts, the very same place where fear, racism, violence, hatred, and indifference begin. A stay-in-the-boat-faith knows that Christ is always coming to us, we are never abandoned. There is no storm we go through in which Christ is not with us. A stay-in-the-boat-faith never gives up because Christ never gives up on us. With every storm through which we sail, Jesus comes to us saying “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

 

 


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:
With courage we come before our God,
offering these prayers for ourselves,
for our neighbors,
and for those in lands far away.
LECTOR:
For the Church:
For those who long to return to this table and this community:
Open our eyes to see the potential for change and give us the courage to take the next steps…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who wield power:
May they do so with a balance of wisdom, justice, and compassion.
And for those who feel powerless:
May they remember their intrinsic worth and act with a balance of wisdom, integrity, and compassion…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For an end to the raging seas of violence and hate that fill our world:
Help us to bring your love and compassion to a hurting world…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For our sisters and brothers in Lebanon:
May they feel God’s presences as they mourn their dead and tend to their wounded…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the upcoming elections:
Empower us to overcome any barriers set to make voting difficult:
May we value our right to vote with wisdom, discernment, and knowledge…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who must choose between food and rent,
those who care for others but neglect themselves,
those who wander in need of shelter and peace:
May we open our eyes to see the lines of connection that unite us all,
and with clarity of vision,
continue to work for a world where every person’s life is valued, cherished, and loved…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember our beloved dead…

(PAUSE)

May they be welcomed home with a heavenly song of Joy…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

PRESIDER:
Gracious God,
you have loved your people unconditionally and called us in countless and surprising ways.
Be patient with us when we are hesitant,
relentless when we resist,
forgiving when we fail to respond.
Open our eyes and ears, hearts and minds, to the gifts you have prepared for us.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

(Pope Francis, from the Laudato Si encyclical)

Gracious God,
we know and believe that you call each and everyone of us by name to come and follow you with all that we have, all that we are, and with all that we long to become.
In our times of trials and doubt, help us to cling and hold fast to you.
Enliven in us the courage to answer hatred with love, and evil with justice.
Awaken our true calling and deepen our resolve to serve the least of our sisters and brothers in their paths of struggle and pain.
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.