Worship At Home
The Twenty-ninth 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 Ninth 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,


Loving God,
we remember that your plan for us is fullness of life lived with love, justice and mercy.
Create silence in us so that we may listen to your voice in Creation and in the Scriptures.
Help us to discern your voice in events and in people.
Deepen our willingness to act in solidarity with people who are economically poor and with those seeking fullness of life in society.
Strengthen our gifts of wisdom, courage and respect for the views of others.
Help us to listen with humility to understand the fears and hopes of other people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord




The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,
whose right hand I grasp,
subduing nations before him,
and making kings run in his service,
opening doors before him
and leaving the gates unbarred:
For the sake of Jacob, my servant,
of Israel, my chosen one,
I have called you by your name,
giving you a title, though you knew me not.
I am the LORD and there is no other,
there is no God besides me.
It is I who arm you, though you know me not,
so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun
people may know that there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, there is no other.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Psalm

Psalm 96, Refrain II: “Give the Lord Glory and Honor”:



The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians
in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
grace to you and peace.
We give thanks to God always for all of you,
remembering you in our prayers,
unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love
and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before our God and Father,
knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God,
how you were chosen.
For our gospel did not come to you in word alone,
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.
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
The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion,
for you do not regard a person’s status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
“Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax.”
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”
They replied, “Caesar’s.”
At that he said to them,
“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ




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

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Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday in the Gospel we find the Pharisees deliberately trying to set a public trap for Jesus and turn people against him. The role of the Pharisees was to interpret the Torah or Law for everyday people. They were the teachers and preachers of their followers. Jesus had been preaching revolutionary values about the treatment of the poor and the outcasts. He came to teach about the Kingdom of God, which was a dangerous message when preaching in the Roman Empire. Knowing that taxes were unpopular with the Jews, but that it was unwise to go against the emperor, the Pharisees asked Jesus “Is it lawful to pay tax to the emperor or not?” Jesus asked for a coin. Instead of falling for the trap, Jesus approaches the question in a completely different way. Jesus doesn’t let them put into opposition civil duty and religious duty, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s.” He told them in essence to “pay taxes.” He knew that Rome was corrupt. He knew some of the money would go toward wrong projects. Clearly, he did not consider them responsible for these projects if they paid their taxes. You are not serving God by disobeying the government and keeping the money for yourself. The Pharisees had set the issues simply in terms of obligation to Rome and had not brought God into the equation at all, even as they claimed to be religious authorities. The coin bears the image of Caesar and the Book of Genesis teaches us that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God. Political and economic authorities cannot reduce human beings to mere elements of society or the market. They have an inherent dignity which comes from being made in the image and likeness of God. This Gospel shows us while we try to live out the values of God’s Kingdom, we are not unconnected from the realities of this world, in fact it is this world that we are missioned to, and living in this world demands that we are an active part of our society.
In today’s divisive world, we often find ourselves forced to blur the lines of faith and our political systems. Jesus was not a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian or Socialist, he specifically had no political affiliation. Instead, he is God’s Son who lived a life of inclusion and mercy and asked us to love one another. In what ways do we become entrapped in divisive and unproductive conversations that perpetuate division? Are we willing to seek the truth or do we settle for unfounded and biased information? How are we challenged to look beyond ourselves and toward living the Gospel message? We must keep our eyes on the Kingdom of God, focusing less on what we have and more on how we serve and advocate for all peoples. We all depend on our civil government for clean water, electricity, public roads, medical care, education, and many other services which a civil authority can provide. If these services are to continue and even be improved, they require the cooperation and support of the community at large. We do this for the most part by paying taxes. In a just administration our taxes help grant access to what is needed to live a life of human dignity. We are living during a time of extreme uncertainty, catastrophic change and a dismantling of former systems and ideologies. Now, more than ever we are called to embrace God’s vision for the world and work for justice, peace, and integrity, all while preserving the sacredness of human life in all it’s stages and forms. Jesus is asking us to step into and live in the tension of our two realities. That is what he did and where he lived – he was both fully human and fully divine. To stand in that place is to stand with Jesus. It can be uncomfortable because that is where life gets real and life is really lived. There are no easy answers there. We give back to God when we realize that our resources need to be protected and shared, and that success is not about power and domination but about opportunity and abundance. It is not about what we can keep for ourselves, but what we can do to share more. For this upcoming November election take some time to pray over the Catholic Social Teachings:
1. Life and dignity of the human person
2. Call to family, community and participation
3. Rights and responsibilities
4. Option for the poor and vulnerable
5. The dignity of work and the rights of workers
6. Solidarity
7. Care of God’s creation
Educate yourself on all the issues and be aware of what is happening in the world. There are moral and ethical dimensions to every public policy. Then vote your decision with a well-formed conscience, promoting the common good. Taking this time to reflect and learn is our obligation for the inherent dignity of all humans. While we are of this world, we are also members of another. When we recognize, accept, and struggle with this tension, we may begin to follow the teachings of Jesus more fully. We may begin valuing all lives and that is when and where the church has something to say, faith makes a difference, and lives are changed. Jesus showed us that the justice and equality God longs to see in the world comes from a community which is converted by love, not weapons, fear, division or revenge.




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.




Prayers of the Faithful

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


For the health and safety of Pope Francis:
May we continue to pray with him as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our decisions…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For Missionaries throughout the world:
May they be safe as their message of God’s love is spread wide, crossing borders and uniting all people…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those of other faith traditions who pray differently or name God differently:
May we find unity in serving the common good…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For discernment as we balance our civil responsibility to vote with the teachings of God’s unconditional love…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick, the lonely, and the weary:
May they be comforted, strengthened, and by God’s mercy restored…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember the departed…
Welcome them into the grace of your eternal light…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.


God, of all possibilities,
help us to move beyond our earthly possessions,
and discern how best to serve each person we encounter in your Kingdom, while being citizens of the world.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.




Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

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.





Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
you nourish and sustain us.
Help us not to quickly judge by what we see or according to what we hear.
Help us instead to be grounded in you when we are in the tension between two things that differ, so that we might chose what pleases you.
Allow us to grow in sensitivity to the plight of those who are hungry, alone, frightened, struggling, shut out, uninvited and unwelcomed. Walk with us as we deal with complex issues and help us find the right words and actions to communicate your love for all.
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.




Closing Song

Sing of the Lord’s Goodness:





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