Worship At Home
The Twenty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty Second 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

The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound:

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Opening Prayer

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

Amen

Loving God,
we come before you with prayers that cry for peace and relief from the fears that divide us.
Come replace our anger with compassion, our prejudice with peace.
It is too easy to be overwhelmed when our hearts are in need of comfort
and our minds are in need of peace.
Through your unconditional 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 Jeremiah
You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.
Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
violence and outrage is my message;
the word of the LORD has brought me
derision and reproach all the day.
I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


A Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus explaining how he must journey to Jerusalem where he will suffer greatly through conflict, persecution, and death to be raised again on the third day. Peter thinks this is a crazy idea, and begins to rebuke Jesus, saying “No such thing shall ever happen to you.” Peter correctly named who Jesus is, but he misunderstood what that name entails. To deny the way of the cross is to ask Jesus to leave us and the world unchanged. Jesus tells Peter he is an obstacle or stumbling block and tells him to get behind him. Ironically, the “Rock” has now become the “Stumbling block”. Peter has set his mind not on divine things but on human things. We see combined in Peter, insight, and leadership on the one hand and on the other the capacity for failure and human preservation. Jesus continues teaching to his disciples “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” The focus of “deny” in this case does not mean loss of identity, but loss of self-focus. To not be concerned about “I” but instead concerned about “You”, to put others before self. To be a follower of Jesus means to be selfless, not self-centered. To “save” your life is to hold back from giving yourself fully to the message of Jesus, or to be “half-hearted” in your faith. But to “lose” your life for the message and ministry of Jesus is to fully give yourself over to living the reign of God, truly finding life. Whenever the disciples have a bit of an insight, they are almost immediately shown to have only a partial understanding of the truth. The full revelation of Jesus’ mission and ministry is not easy to grasp, which is why 2000 plus years later it still speaks to us in different ways. The mission has not changed, our understanding and acceptance have.
Sometimes we find ourselves like Peter, telling God what to do or what would be the best course of action. We forget our place. It is not easy letting God be God and dealing with the anguish of being ordinary human beings struggling with life’s mysteries. Places of resistance can also be places of growth. They are places where we can begin to get our life back on track, as individuals and as a country. Everyone has a cross to bear. It may be disease, strained relationship, taxing job or lack of work at all. Some crosses are temporary, while others are here to stay. Some crosses are created by our choices, some come out of the blue and are thrust upon us. We all carry our crosses differently, some of us grin and bear it, accepting and living with pain or suffering of any sort, and some of us spiral into a whirlwind of self-pity, bitterness, anger and even hatred of oneself or others. The multiple issues that have come to light in 2020 are not new, however, our response to all we have encountered must be new. We must awaken to real change and see this as a prophetic moment. We have become accustomed to the way things are to the point that we can no longer see the needs of others, the injustices done to them, or their pain. Complacency has blinded us. We have been confronted with the systemic racism prevalent in our culture for over 400 years and have begun to identify who benefited from these systems, unknowingly and knowingly. It is time that we, who have benefited, carried this cross and listen, learn, and begin to make drastic changes to bringing about equality, inclusion, and justice. We are to be in solidarity with those who suffer in our world as an opportunity to grow in love and mercy. If we are followers of Jesus, we need to let him lead, accepting that he will not lead us away from suffering, pain or difficulty, but he will lead us through it while drawing us into closer relationship. Bearing the cross does not justify our sufferings in this world, it transforms them. May the Holy Spirit open our eyes, hearts, and minds to another way, a different way, a new way forward.

 

 


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

As people who place our trust in you, we raise our prayers, worries, and hopes for all the needs of the world.
For the Church:
May we continue to use our gifts to ease the burdens of the common good, restoring the inherit dignity of every sister and brother…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those engaged in civil discussions regarding policies, laws, and programs:
May they swiftly bend the arc of time towards justice…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the upcoming presidential election:
May we look at a wide variety of issues while contemplating the Gospel and church teachings to develop our conscience into making an informed decision…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who have been devastated by the hurricanes or surrounded by flames in the wildfires:
May they find the hope of God’s peace to carry on and rebuild…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the prayers we hold in the depths of our hearts…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who are suffering, fighting illness, isolated, and overwhelmed:
May the light of Christ break through their darkness and become a beacon of hope…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who have died,
especially those who have died alone,
and those who have died by the hands of another…
(pause)
May they rest in peace…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

God who calls us,
we know that living a life following Christ will never be simple or easy.
When the concerns of this world are too much to bear, you offer us your hand to help us through the difficulties.
Give us hearts that are open to whatever consequences we may be asked to endure.
Be our strength and guiding help this day
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we praise you for your faithfulness and love,
and we thank you for the guidance and the hope you offer us.
Be with us today and support our prayers, so that we may not grow weary.
In our times of trials and doubt, console and protect us.
Help us to grow in understanding,
as your wisdom prompts us of what we should let go of and what we should take up.
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

Lift Every Voice and Sing:

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