Worship At Home
The Twenty Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty Fourth 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 come before you seeking the forgiveness you so freely share.
In silence let us face the darkness in ourselves,
in our churches, in our families, in our communities and in our country.
Release us from the hurts and pains we cling to.
Help bring healing, hope, and light back to our lives.
May our songs, words, and deeds be an offering of praise to you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Sirach
Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High’s covenant, and overlook faults.
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:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
“Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive?
As many as seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
‘Pay back what you owe.’
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master
and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?’
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus again being questioned by Peter, this time about forgiveness. “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” The religious law of this time required people to forgive three times, so by suggesting forgiving seven times, Peter feels he is going the extra mile. Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” Numbers are not randomly used in the Bible. To number something as seven is to describe it as being complete and or perfect. Jesus is saying there are no limits on forgiveness. Jesus goes on to share the familiar parable of the unforgiving servant.
The servant owes an impossible amount to his master. No need to wonder how he could have racked up such a debt, just that it would be impossible to repay. In response to the master’s demand for repayment, and the threat of selling him and his family, the servant makes a desperate request for more time. Then, the unthinkable happens, the master feels compassion for the servant and sets him free and forgives his debt at a staggering cost to himself. The master assumes the servant’s debt himself, allowing it to go unpaid and thus impoverishing his treasury, and restoring the servant’s freedom. However, after this grand forgiveness, the same servant turns directly around and is violently unwilling to forgive a much smaller amount that is owed to him from a fellow servant. Jesus draws a connection between the generosity of the master and that of God. Because the master is just, compassionate, and forgiving, he rightly expects that, in turn, his servant will be so as well. If God is willing to forgive the exorbitant debt we owe to God, through Christ’s costly self-gift in love, surely, we can forgive the paltry debts owed us. This parable is a familiar one of forgiveness and mercy begin shown but not passed on. When we choose forgiveness over revenge and love over hate, we get a glimpse of God’s creative goodness coming to perfection in us, because forgiveness is a participation in the very heart of God.
Forgiveness for Jesus is not a quantifiable event. It is a quality; a way of being, a way of living, a way of loving, a way of relating a way of thinking and seeing. Does that forgiveness include the drunk driver? Yes. Does that include the cheating spouse? Yes. Does that include the greedy corporation? Yes. Does that include the racist neighbor? Yes. Does that include that abusive parent? Yes. For people who have been deeply wronged or hurt finding the capacity to forgive may be the task of a lifetime. Forgiveness of a crime doesn’t mean that it was okay for that crime to have been committed, we do not condone or approve of it. Forgiving is not forgetting; it is more about giving up the desire “to get even.” It means the forgiver is no longer going to spend energy on hatred and anger related to the crime and to the person being forgiven. The willingness to forgive another transforms a victim into a survivor. They are free and their heart no longer carries the burden of hate and resentment. Our unwillingness to forgive can eat away at us and we can carry the hurts from childhood into adult years. When we forgive, we begin to heal. It is something we must practice every day. It begins with recognition and thanksgiving that we have been forgiven. Forgiveness creates space for new life. It is an act of hopefulness and resurrection for the one who forgives. It is the refusal to let our future be determined by the past. It is the letting go of the thoughts, the hatred, the fear that fills us so that we might live and love again. Forgiveness doesn’t originate in us; it begins with God. That is what the unforgiving servant didn’t understand. It wasn’t about himself; it was about God. We choose to share the forgiveness we have already received. Are we like the unforgiving servant unable to see our own blessings? What would change if we moved our focus on living life from entitlement to gratitude? Think back and reflect on your day, or maybe this year. How many times have you been hurt and suffered by the actions or words of another? How many times has anger or fear controlled you? How many times has the thought of revenge filled you? How many relationships have been cut off because of disagreements, or past hurts? How many times have you thought “that person had it coming…”? How many times have you hurt others because of your own pride, anger, lusts, or your bitterness? How many times have you shuttered at the sight, the name, or the memory of another? How many times have you replayed in your head the argument with another? How many broken promises, hurt feelings, betrayals, harsh words, physical and emotional wounds are you hanging on to? That is how many times we must choose to forgive. With each choosing we move a step closer to forgiveness. Then one day, God willing, we will all meet, victims and perpetrators united as God’s beloved children again. Forgiveness is the way forward. Let us focus on the prayer we know so well, the Our Father “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Do we mean it, or are they just empty words?

 

 

 


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

God is full of mercy and compassion and seeks us when we are lost.
Let us pray for a world in need of God’s justice, love, and reconciliation.

 

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.

We pray for the imprisoned:
those on the inside, whose confinement is obvious, and those waiting on the outside, whose imprisonment is subtler…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all those who have been affected by the fires across the West Coast:
May they find relief, comfort, and healing to rebuild…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For families who need to be forgiving towards one another,
and for the grace to let go of wounds that bind us:
May our homes be places where peace and harmony reign…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For all people:
May their lives and dignity as children of a loving God be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the marginalized, sick and dying,
And for all our loved ones who have died…
(pause)
Hold them all in your light…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

O God,
you have shown us through Jesus that forgiveness has no bounds.
Give us the humility to ask for forgiveness when we have injured one another,
and the generosity to forgive those whom we have injured.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
we reach out in grace, knowing that human divisions are false,
that we are not the innocent praying for the guilty,
or the right praying for the wrong,
but rather people praying for people.
We are the hurt remembering the hurt,
the failure reaching out in love to the failure in a single community.
Remind us of your truth.
Take away our fear and fill us instead with the confidence of your Spirit’s presence.
Keep us ever mindful of your law of love
so that we may temper justice with mercy
and exercise control with compassion.
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.