Worship At Home
The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.

 


 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Twenty Eighth 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 love which binds us together in unity.
You have fashioned us in love and bid us to love one another with the same tender care with which you brought us to creation.
We come before you today ready to be transformed by your living word.
In this time of stress, give us the consoling awareness of your presence through the spiritual gifts of courage and patience.
We confess our hardness of heart and the pockets of fear and intolerance for people unlike ourselves.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
a feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
the web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from every face;
the reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
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:
I know how to live in humble circumstances;
I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,
of living in abundance and of being in need.
I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.
My God will fully supply whatever you need,
in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.
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 again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests,
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
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 wedding feast. Again, Jesus uses parables to get us to look beyond a ridged viewpoint to see a deeper truth. He connects the old way with the new way, challenging preconceived ideas and expectations so that we might see something new, hear something new, think something new, and ultimately become something new. Any encounter with Jesus has the power to transform. In the parable, the king sends out personal invitations to come to a wedding feast for his son. Some refuse, and some are too busy to come. He sends out his servants again pleading for them to come and still they refuse and some insult the king and kill the messengers. Still desiring guest for the feast, the king sends the servants out to invite whomever they find, bad and good alike and the hall was filled with guests. This parable reflects the way in which the message of God has been extended to people through time. The first group was the Israelites who initially accepted, but over time lost interest and became indifferent. Then the prophets were the ones delivering the second round of invitations, some guests were indifferent, or openly hostile and they rejected the invitation. Jesus then extends the invitation to the Gentiles, whom many regarded as unworthy. Jesus is speaking of an inclusive kingdom where all are welcome. Jesus ate with those who were regarded as unworthy: tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners. Jesus lived the inclusive nature of the kingdom day to day. His inclusive table fellowship was a powerful statement that the kingdom is an invitation to all, rich and poor alike, regardless of their status in this world. God loves all, so the invitation and the welcome is extended to all. Who are the shunned and left out in our society today? Who would Jesus be reaching out to and seeking to include in today’s society?
Neither group in the parable are more deserving than the other, they were all invited. None of them had done anything to earn or deserve an invitation, it was freely given. God’s motivation is to share in the banquet, join in the joy and celebration, and be a part of God’s kingdom. There is only one thing that distinguishes the first guests from the second, presence. The second group of guests showed up, the first did not. The key to our life in God is to show up and be present. Not just mouthing the right words, but being poor enough to recognize the gift of God in the invitation to faith and about being generous enough to respond completely. That is a lot easier said than done. To be present is difficult work and takes the focus off self and places it on the other. To be present to another person means establishing the other person as our priority, no matter the timing of their need. It means seeing them for who they are and not who we want them to be or think they should be. It means the vulnerability of entrusting and giving our life to the other. It means really listening to what they say and not just what we want to hear or waiting to make our point. It means letting go of our own agendas, distractions, fears, and prejudices. Do we have that with our relationships? This should be the same with our relationship with God. We too can refuse to respond and can become too busy, too tired, or too distracted. How many times have we thought, if we don’t earn it or work for it, it has no value, or convinced ourselves we have better things to do and better places to be? How many times do we attack the messenger or insult the king? That is a response like the first group of guests. What they did not realize, and what we sometimes do not realize, is that there is no life outside the banquet, the kingdom. To show up and be present is to be worthy before God. We don’t earn or prove our worthiness as a prerequisite to entering the banquet. We show up, are present, and discover for ourselves the worthiness God has always known about us. That is when our lives begin to change. How is this parable challenging our preconceived ideas and expectations so that we might see something new, hear something new, think something new, and ultimately become something new? The invitation is graciously extended, how will we respond?

 

 

 


Reflection Song

Shelter Me:

 

Or, the Corpus Christi video version of our reflection song, Shelter Me, published on YouTube:

 

 

 


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 graciously respond to your invitation, filled with gratitude for all you have done for us…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For our hurting world:
May we bring an end to terrorism, hatred, and violence and instead make room for peace, love and respect…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who feel excluded, not invited, or cast aside:
May they feel welcomed, helping to restore their inherit dignity…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those continuing to fight for each person to have enough food,
clean water, clean air, shelter, adequate health care, and access to education:
May they not grow weary…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those in our community receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this weekend:
May they accept the invitation to continue to share their gifts…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who are ill or suffering in any way:
May they be restored and made whole again…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…
(pause)
Welcome them to your heavenly banquet…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

God who calls us,
we come to you as people sometimes doubtful, tired or confused.
Strengthen us as you have strengthened those who have gone before us.
Help us respond more fully to your life-giving invitation.
We trust in the promises you have made.
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.
Remembering that each thought has the power to inspire action,
and that the actions we take can transform the lives of all those around us.
We will not make room in our hearts for hatred and intolerance.
Instead, we live in joy and wonder marveling at your beautiful creation,
especially our sisters and brothers.
Inspire us as individuals, leaders, and nations,
to create a glorious community that embraces and celebrates life.
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

City of God:

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