Worship At Home
The Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty Sixth 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,
you are indeed the host and we long accept your invitation.
You lead us to the land of the living giving us joy and hope,
especially when our hearts are in need of comfort and our minds are in need of peace.
As we come to rest in your word we take a moment to open our hearts to your presence in our praying, our singing, and our silence.
Help us feel the healing calm of your embrace.
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 say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!”
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,
he does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians
Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.
Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
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 the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus at the end of his ministry. He has been welcomed joyously into Jerusalem, and driven out the traders in the Temple. Now the religious authorities began asking him questions about his authority to do this. This is one of the many times in Matthew’s Gospel that Jesus is at odds with the religious authority of his day. The leaders are painted as living lives filled with hypocrisy and Jesus is portrayed as criticizing the leaders for holding too strongly to the letter of the law and ignoring the spirit of the law and the call to compassion. Jesus tells the parable of the two sons, the first one is asked to work in the fields, replies “I will not” and refuses to obey his father. This is a serious offense of patriarchal authority. However, he repents and eventually obeys his father and goes to work in the fields. The second son is asked to work in the field replies “Yes, sir” and does not go out to do the work. Jesus asks how best to interpret the law: Which son did the father’s will? Paradoxically the religious leaders choose the first son. Jesus tells them that tax collectors and prostitutes will enter into the kingdom of heaven before them, this would have been truly shocking. In this time, the two most despised groups in Israel and Galilee were the tax collectors who gathered revenue for the Roman authorities and the prostitutes who serviced the Roman occupying army. Many religious leaders found these “sinners” to be beyond redemption. Jesus had witnessed tax collectors and prostitutes transforming their hearts under the influence of John the Baptist and throughout his ministry. For Jesus there was never a lost case, or a person beyond help. He offered an opportunity to start again and met them where they were, as they were. The leaders were like the second son and just payed lip service by publicly abiding by all the religious laws and maintaining a “religious profile” but in their hearts and actions they will not do the work.
Even today, we have struggles with the authority of our leaders. There is a difference between authority and power, authority is termed as the right possessed by a person to give the command to others. Power is referred to as the capacity of an individual to influence the will or conduct of others. In the absence of true powerful leadership there will always be authority struggles. Look at the gridlock in our political systems, the division and conflict across our country and in our cities. Look at the wars and conflicts throughout the world. Look at the conflicts in our own families. Look at the conflicts in our church with abuse and judgment over who is condemned and who is invited in. The words we say must be matched by the integrity of our actions for justice. Many leaders exercise authority, but very few exercise true power, their words often do not match their actions. Real power or integrity is visible, it comes from within. Power expands your world, it is open to new possibilities and brings forth the gifts in yourself that you never knew were there. Power causes you to reevaluate your life, change your mind, and live differently. That transformation sounds like Jesus and it is very different from those who exercise authority. All true power originates in God, but it is not exclusive to God. The power God shares with us is God’s divine attributes. It is the expression and manifestation of God’s life in and through our own. God gives each of us gifts unique to our lives to be shared with those around us. God is generous and extravagant with the gifts shared. What gifts, what divine attributes, has God bestowed upon you? Are you living from authentic power and sharing those gifts? Have you gone to the vineyard to work or are you simply mouthing the answers you think God wants to hear? We all understand what it feels like to be told “yes” to our face, but only to have the person not follow up with action. This hypocrisy does not foster loving relationships. This Gospel is about the transformational change that brings us closer to one another and to God. This requires the help of the Holy Spirit in an invitation to a life of love of the other. Every morning when you wake up, realize that God loves you and loves everyone. Start your day from that place. We are called to discipleship and it is an invitation to be accepted freely. Options are placed before us along the road of life, we must choose our response. What is it that God has been asking you to do this day in the vineyard that you have been neglecting to do? Did you visit the sick? Did you clothe the naked? Did you feed the hungry? Did you welcome the stranger? Do it, there is work to be done. God loves you, start 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

Humbled by the needs of many, we pray for our sisters and brothers across the world.

 

For the Church:
May we be faithful to our mission to embrace all, refraining from judgement and encouraging those who struggle…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the nation’s leaders and for citizens of every political persuasion:
May their actions of compassion speak louder than their words…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the ability to better understand those who struggle to make changes in their lives:
May we each be open and courageous to change at every stage in our own lives…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those confronted by the sadness, ambiguity and confusion of mental illness:
May they find understanding and the willingness to accept help…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick and dying who have asked for our prayers,
and for the those who have no one to pray for them…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember all our loved ones who have died…
(pause)
Welcome them home and fill them with everlasting kindness and mercy…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

God of compassion,
we turn to you as citizens of a world that values achievement and success.
Help us to remember that you love what is right, just, and humble.
Make us aware of who we truly are.
Show us how to live as you call us to live.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together, in thoughtful contemplation)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
all around us is the glory of your creation, the work of your hands.
Help us to see the gifts you have blessed us with,
and grant us what we need to serve all people in faith, hope, and love.
Open our eyes and hearts to the blessings of each new day and new experience.
Protect us from everything that is evil, and bring us to the joy of heaven.
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.