Worship At Home
The Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty Third 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 Prayer

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

Amen

Loving God,
we turn our eyes to you to be our refuge from the pains of emptiness and loss and to show us the path that leads to you.
Help us to have loving conversations so we may feel the healing rays of your forgiveness.
Give us the grace to overcome our selfishness and mold us into people who always give your light to others.
Heal us. Forgive us. Renew us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel
Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel;
when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me.
If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ”
and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way,
the wicked shall die for his guilt,
but I will hold you responsible for his death.
But if you warn the wicked,
trying to turn him from his way,
and he refuses to turn from his way,
he shall die for his guilt,
but you shall save yourself.
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:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ”
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that ‘every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.
If he refuses to listen even to the church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus continuing to teach his disciples that after they take up their cross and follow him, there will be conflict. This Gospel is one of the few times he references the church, meaning at the time the local community. Jesus knows that even while the church will someday be something greater, something higher, something holy after his time, it is still made up of humans. And so, it will be bound to the same limitations of any other human institution, meaning there will be conflict. Mistakes will be made, disagreements, unrest, fractions, pain, hurt and all the rest of it. He lays out a three-step process for when conflict occurs: Step One: go to the person and talk to them in private. If this doesn’t bring about reconciliation and understanding, go to Step Two: Take two or three people with you to meet and discuss the grievance in a relatively private place. If this doesn’t bring about healing got to Step Three: bring the offender before the gathered assembly, the church. If none of this works you are to treat the person as a Gentile or tax collector, remembering that Jesus sought out and ate with the Gentiles and Tax collectors working to bring them into relationship and make them whole again in their community. Exclusion isn’t the last word here. He urges the people to love one another bringing the wayward back to the community. There is always hope that the lost sheep will return. Reconciliation and restoration is always the hope. Jesus also reframes the importance of praying together to help heal the deepest wounds. It is still fine to pray alone, but “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Today, as we are in community together, and because we are human, it means we are going to bump up against each other, disagree, and hurt each other from time to time. Tensions are high right now across the globe. We have been asked to carry some very large burdens: isolation, fear, false or misguided information, racial injustices, judgment, illness, loss of jobs, violence, emotional social media, tribalism, missed life events, uncertainty, and unproductive conflict to name just a few burdens. We have talked about how we can be overwhelmed but need to center our core on Jesus. We need intentional time and space to prayerfully reflect and re-center ourselves. We do not go through this world alone. When we have a disagreement with someone what do we do? Do we lash out? Do we condemn? Do we blame? Do we seek revenge? Do we pray? Do we just walk away and bury the hurt? Do we look at our possible involvement? Do we try to see the issue from the other persons point of view? Do we cut off communication? A hurt unaddressed will continue to hurt and will probably be repeated. How do we maintain the lines of communication that can promote healing and unity? Can we come together and listen to one another? Can we maintain respect and dignity for each other in our words and actions? To be in relationship is hard work and it can be messy and fragile, but it can also be an amazing blessing. We have been sent out to go and make disciples and it is clear Jesus calls us to be in relationship through community. Jesus gives us a path for getting reconnected, for making peace, and for becoming whole again. The community can hold people in unity and love, it binds us together, as a family. While we may be distant at this time, we can still reach out to one another and come together in prayer. We are promised to be joined by Jesus “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

 

 


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

On this journey of discipleship, let us ask God’s help for ourselves and for our sisters and brothers around the world.

 

For the Church:
May we continue to gather those who are scattered throughout the world with the reconciling love of God…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those with any authority to change policies:
May they work for justice with the vision of solidarity and understanding…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the circumstances in which reconciliation seems impossible, or wherever conflict leads to hatred, violence, or war…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all who have been affected by the severe weather across this planet:
May they find relief, comfort, and healing…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the health and safety of all who are returning to education this Fall:
May they have patience and protection…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all among us who are suffering,
especially the poor, the sick and the dying;
and for those who have died…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

God of healing,
we come as people often needing to make peace with one another.
Help us to remember that peace is possible when hearts are open to love.
Show us how to be peacemakers in a world in need of healing.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we praise you for sending your Son to take on our human form and understand our weaknesses.
Help us to forgive and draw us closer to you.
You have taken away our guilt and filled it with joy.
You have taken away our shame and replaced it with certainty.
Remind us of the inherit worth of every sister and brother.
Help us to open ourselves to receive the immense love that you share so freely.
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.