Worship At Home
The Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty Seventh 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 praise you for your faithfulness and love,
and we thank you for the guidance and hope you offer us.
We come before you today ready to be transformed by your living word.
Help us to celebrate the great diversity of the gifts you have entrusted to us
and be with us today so that we may not grow weary.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Let me now sing of my friend,
my friend’s song concerning his vineyard.
My friend had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside;
he spaded it, cleared it of stones,
and planted the choicest vines;
within it he built a watchtower,
and hewed out a wine press.
Then he looked for the crop of grapes,
but what it yielded was wild grapes.
Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard:
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I had not done?
Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes,
did it bring forth wild grapes?
Now, I will let you know
what I mean to do with my vineyard:
take away its hedge, give it to grazing,
break through its wall, let it be trampled!
Yes, I will make it a ruin:
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
but overgrown with thorns and briers;
I will command the clouds
not to send rain upon it.
The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah are his cherished plant;
he looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed!
for justice, but hark, the outcry!
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:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
“Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking,
‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him,
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Therefore, I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

(no accompanying text)

 

 


Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find Jesus sharing the parable of the wicked tenants which appears in all three Gospels. Jesus tells of a landlord who plants a vineyard and then leased the land to some tenants to tend until harvest and went away for a time. When it came time for the harvest the landlord sent three different servants to retrieve the fruits of the harvest. Each servant was beaten, killed or stoned and sent away empty handed. Then the landlord sent his son thinking that the tenants would not harm him, yet they end up killing him for the inheritance. Jesus then asks the questions “What will the landlord do to the evil tenants?” Not knowing they were condemning themselves, they agree on the consequence and Jesus replies “The kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” There are many who see the landlord as God, the Son as Jesus, the vineyard is Israel, and the tenants as the leaders of Israel only. They can argue the mismanagement of the Jewish people to grow the fruits for the kingdom while rejecting the messages sent by messengers led to their own demise. Unfortunately, many have used this passage to condemn the Jewish people. However, before we judge or condemn, we must realize that this message is meant for all and as a parable has many interpretations. The scriptures are living and speak to us wherever we are. The landlord, has trust for the tenants, and bestows a responsible freedom which can be meaningfully nurtured and grown or misused and manipulated. For the tenants, personal interests gained greater importance over their entrusted duties. They squandered away their responsible freedom and trust. It was the choice of the tenants to throw away the gifts they were asked to watch over and to break the trust of the landlord. How many times have we been guilty of this? Throughout his ministry, Jesus was unwilling to give up on anyone, he continued to reach out and preach to those around him offering different parables to help people see new ways to return to loving one another. He just keeps coming, that is the hope and joy of this parable.
Each one of us has been given a vineyard by God; our families, our church, our environment, our co-workers, our communities and events that God has entrusted to our care are all parts of our vineyard. Our daily decisions and choices, our hopes, dreams and concerns are the vineyards in which we are to reveal the presence and life of God. This is a great reminder that our work is never done, but that we always have the choice with responsible freedom to answer the call. Jesus is unwilling to give up on us as well. Just as the Pharisees chose to exclude themselves, we can easily do this today. The fruits of the kingdom come in many forms but always come back to the examples Jesus gave us; love, relationship, intimacy, mercy and forgiveness, justice, generosity, compassion, presence, wisdom, truth, healing, reconciliation, self-surrender, joy, thanksgiving, peace, obedience, humility, and many more. These are some of the lived realities in the vineyards of our lives. By not tending to these vineyards we can chose self-exclusion in the kingdom of God. Take a moment to contemplate your personal inventory and see where you could be making different choices: Do you struggle with feeling like you have to be in control, be right or have all the answers? Do you carry grudges or resentment? Do you respond to conflict in anger or violence? Do you look at others and begin making judgments about their beliefs, choices, or lifestyle? Do you go through life on auto-pilot, going through the motions but never really being present, never showing up? Do you live a life of consumption not realizing how your choices are impacting the environment? Are you paralyzed by fear and spreading it to those around you? Is there more criticism and cynicism in your life than thanksgiving and celebration? Are you holding on to some old guilt that you believe could not be forgiven? God is patient and is waiting for us to make life-giving choices. The antidote to our self-exclusion from God’s kingdom begins with first recognizing our self-exclusion choices. When we look at the vineyards in our lives, we have much work to be done. What do you see? Is there fruit? Is there life? Is there joy? Are you sharing in God’s kingdom? If not, start today and begin to live the full life God intended for you. Share the gifts that have been entrusted to you

 

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

 

 


Prayers of the Faithful

As people seeking to deepen our faith, we pray for our sisters and brothers throughout the world.

 

For the Church:
May we have the courage to act on Paul’s words to give witness by lives that are true, just, gracious, and honorable…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who suffer from trauma of war, violence, or hatred:
May actions of love and compassion bring healing…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who support the weary, discouraged and the doubtful:
for counselors, confessors, mentors, Befrienders, social workers and spiritual guides…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those whose work puts them in danger:
May they be protected from illness and harm…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who suffer from sickness and ailments:
May those who are caring for them find discernment to bring healing…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

Grant peace for the dying and those who grieve…
(pause)
Welcome the departed into your loving embrace…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

God, gracious Giver,
we thank you for calling us to be your people.
Help us to be faithful in our commitment to you and to one another, and forgive us when we fail.
Strengthen our sense of responsibility that comes with the gifts you have given us.
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,
we thank you for this time of prayer.
Help us to celebrate the abundant life you intended for us.
Protect us in the difficult moments we are passing through and fill us with joy this day.
Through your great love, let all who need you, especially now, feel your presence and know your peace.
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.