Worship At Home
The Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty First 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

Gather Us In:

Wide (for computers)

Tall (for handhelds)

 

 

 

Opening Prayer

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

Amen

Loving God,
in today’s Gospel Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?”
As we consider that question, we each have our own response.
We come before you longing to be in relationship.
Help us to re-center our lives with Jesus at the core.
Breathe new life into us and quench our thirsting souls with your love.
Through your great love, let all who need you, especially now,
feel your presence and know your peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
“I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon my servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given the Lord anything
that he may be repaid?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Then he strictly ordered his disciples
to tell no one that he was the Christ.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


A Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus in Caesarea Philippi with his disciples. He asks them a pointed question “Who do you say that I am?” Coming after all that they have seen and done with him, this encounter shows up in all four Gospels which reminds us of its importance. This question probes at the disciple’s perception and their faith. Do they grasp what they have witnessed? Simon Peter replies “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” For this he receives a blessing from Jesus and a new name. The Catholic church holds firm to this encounter as the beginning of the line of Popes with Peter being the rock to which the church is built moving forward. Peter does not begin the church close to what we gather to celebrate today, but he does continue to go forth living out what he was taught, making disciples, and is eventually crucified for his beliefs. The church has a strong perception of who Jesus is, and everything the church has to say begins and ends with its God-given knowledge of Jesus. Fortunately, in Pope Francis, we have a successor of St. Peter responding to the Risen Lord’s command to St. Francis of Assisi to “Rebuild my church.” By stating “church” this does not mean the actual building but rather the people who are the raw materials out of which Jesus builds His church. We who are the church are the rock foundation for this time. We must remember that the way we bind up people or set them free will be the measure by which people judge if the Catholic church is the face of Christ in today’s world and whether they could find a home with us. Who do people say we are? We are called to give witness to the world showing how Jesus changed and reconfigured our priorities. We need to pray for the safety and wisdom of Pope Francis as well as all of us who are working at building up the church today.
As Americans we pride ourselves on our individuality, our ability to work hard and succeed, without needing help. That is not Jesus’ way. Jesus calls us to work hard to be in community and help each other out, especially those who are the outcast or struggling. Given the chance, we will measure ourselves by the majority, its norms, and its fads, but who shapes these? When Jesus asked his followers “Who do you say I am?” he wanted to know how they identified him, and how they identified themselves. This is not a test but rather it is about what is in their hearts, it is about what lies at the core of their existence. If someone were to ask us “Who do you think Jesus is?” How would we answer? Who do we say Jesus is following the murder of George Floyd? Who do we say Jesus is as COVID-19 spreads, and people fight over wearing a mask? Who do we say Jesus is as children at the boarder cry out in need for their parents? Who do we say Jesus is as people in our town go to bed hungry, live amidst domestic violence, or work for a wage that cannot support a family? Who do we say Jesus is when a loved one dies, the doctor gives us news we did not want to hear, or our lives seem to be falling apart? Who do we say Jesus is when we are faced with decisions that have no easy answers, when the night is dark, and the storms of life overwhelm us? Who do we say Jesus is when faithfulness means risking it all and taking a stand against a louder and seemingly more powerful majority? Jesus’ life and presence among us calls into question everything about our lives, our world, the status quo, and business as usual. We should not answer too quickly, too glibly, or with too much certainty, but first we should pray. It is not a question to be figured out, as much as it is a question to be lived. It moves us from simply knowing about Jesus to knowing him. Who Jesus was when we were a child is hopefully different than who he was when were a young adult and different than who he was when we were in our thirties. Hopefully, next year Jesus to us will be different from who he is today. It is not that Jesus has changed; we have. We are constantly engaging in Jesus’ questions and in doing so, we not only discover Jesus anew, we discover ourselves anew. Sometimes our opinions and prejudice become the center of our world. For others anger or fear, profound loss, or grief. For others, the people they surround themselves with or what they read on social media become their center. For others love and beauty become the center that their lives revolve around. Who or what is our center or our core? Whatever is at our center is capable of propelling, revitalizing, and growing us or it can keep us stuck and stagnant. In these difficult and uncertain days, how are we striving to be the rock Jesus needs to build his church? “Who do you say that I am?” Don’t just answer his question, go live the answer. Live with hope in the midst of despair, love your enemies despite your fear, practice generosity in a declining economy. Re-center even when it feels like you cannot stand up. Be the rock on which Jesus’ church stands before the world today.
 

 

 


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:
As people holding firm to the rock, we lift our hearts in prayer for all the needs of the world.

 

LECTOR:
For the Church:
May we be a living reflection of the light of Christ by creating a refuge for the poor, the hungry and those who seek to be comforted…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For Pope Francis:
May safety and wisdom surround the successor of St. Peter as he humbly continues to lead the work for church reform guided by the Holy Spirit…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those being called into a role of authority:
May they seek wisdom and follow the teaching of Jesus, remembering the inherit dignity of every person…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the many who have been alienated from the church by words and actions,
especially those needing welcome and the joy of community:
May we reflect more deeply on our care and love for all human life…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For this community:
May we continue to deepen our faith being open to the many ways we can encounter Jesus’ presence…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the suffering, sick and dying,
And for all those who have died…
(pause)
May they be welcomed at the banquet of the Lord…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

PRESIDER:
Eternal God,
your Son, Jesus called leaders to exercise love and service on his behalf.
We pray that those in authority may be a humble and faithful witnesses to him, no matter the cost.
We recognize that we, too, have been called to live as responsible Christians, loving, and serving in our own ways.
When we stray, bring us back to you.
Bless us in our unique roles that the world may know who Jesus is.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
tireless guardian of your people, help us live out your love to those around us.
Be with us today and support our prayers, so that we may not grow weary.
In our times of trials and doubt, help us to cling fast to you.
Mold us into people who always give your light to others by offering hope and love.
Help us to take the side of the lowly, to defend the newcomer, to welcome the stranger.
Help us to befriend the friendless, protect the weak and work for the rights of all.
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.