Worship At Home
The Thirtieth 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 Thirtieth 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 long to love you with all our heart, mind, and soul.
We welcome you into every aspect of our lives recognizing each day is a gift from you filled with possibilities.
Awaken in us your invitation to bring all people together, for your unconditional love knows no boundaries.
Help us to answer your call to love the most vulnerable as well as those we are quick to judge or cast aside.
We praise you for your great diversity and the uniqueness that each member of your body brings to the whole.
Help us to open our ears, our eyes, and our hearts to your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord

Amen

 

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Exodus
Thus says the LORD:
“You shall not molest or oppress an alien,
for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
You shall not wrong any widow or orphan.
If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me,
I will surely hear their cry.
My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword;
then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans.
“If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people,
you shall not act like an extortioner toward him
by demanding interest from him.
If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge,
you shall return it to him before sunset;
for this cloak of his is the only covering he has for his body.
What else has he to sleep in?
If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
Brothers and sisters:
You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake.
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord,
receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit,
so that you became a model for all the believers
in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth
not only in Macedonia and in Achaia,
but in every place your faith in God has gone forth,
so that we have no need to say anything.
For they themselves openly declare about us
what sort of reception we had among you,
and how you turned to God from idols
to serve the living and true God
and to await his Son from heaven,
whom he raised from the dead,
Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.
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
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
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 have the Pharisees gathered and asking Jesus questions to try and discredit him. A lawyer asks Jesus to identify the most important commandment — a common dispute among leaders to posture and display their deep understanding of the Law. At that time there were 613 commandments, 365 prohibitions (one for each day of the year) and 268 prescriptions (one for each bone in the body). Jesus answers them having full understanding of the prayers of the past showing that the entire religious tradition and genuine fulfillment of the Law come from love of God. While the Pharisees and other leaders could claim some sort of credentials, sometimes where or with whom they had studied or membership to certain tribes, Jesus had no such claims. Yet he gathered crowds to hear him and spoke with the authority of his own personal experience of God and integrity. It is no wonder he was unpopular with the religious leaders of his time. Jesus’ answer highlights their over-emphasis on the details of religious observance and preoccupation with the particulars of the Law. They have forgotten that it all flows out of love of God. Being faithful to God isn’t about following precise rules but rather it is simply about loving God. If the Law is as simple as love God, what need is there of the Pharisees to interpret the details of the Law? To further remember the spirit of the Law, which demands more than is written, Love of neighbor extends beyond our family and friends to strangers, to the poor, the sick, and the sinner. Love of neighbor knows no national boarders, class distinctions or barriers of any kind, because God knows no such obstacles.
Love, the foundation of the reign of God, is contagious. When we love others, the reign of God spreads throughout the world. It proclaims much louder than any words that the reign of God has been established. The compassion that we show to others is a form of evangelization now made more difficult in these times of pandemic and social distress. To love with everything we have, while balancing the world’s demands, we need prayer. Are we bringing God into the planning, discerning, worrying, and troubleshooting of all those things that occupy our thoughts?  In our conversations with God, we witness love in action, and with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we can prioritize and navigate our world and pray for our neighbors. Including those who look, act, speak, and believe different from us; those who do not hold our particular religious or political beliefs; those who, when we see them, make our stomachs turn, create butterflies, fear or anxiety; those to whom we are opposed and in conflict with for whatever reason; those people we would rather not see, listen to, or deal with; these are also the ones we are to love and for whom we are to pray. That doesn’t mean we are to pray that they see the error of their ways, that they change, or that they would simply go away. It doesn’t mean that we love them if they change, if they apologize, if they act the way we think they should. We are to love them and pray that God would grant them all the good things we want for ourselves and those we care about. Isn’t that what God has done for us? Even when we act like enemies towards God, he never stops loving or praying for us and our well-being. Loving and praying for our enemies changes us more than them. When we seek forgiveness, refuse to judge, and chose mercy over condemnation, we are living love. When we commit to listening to others, spending time getting to know others, slowing down and valuing presence over efficiency and productivity, we are living love. When we choose a life of self-giving rather than taking and consuming, choose vulnerability rather than defensiveness, and choose to freely share unconditional love, we are living love. Seeing the masked faces of doctors, nurses, teachers, and those deemed essential workers who continue to show up knowing they are putting themselves and their families at risk. Those are the faces of love. Having people ask with greater care and deeper sincerity “Are you OK? Do you need anything? I was just thinking about you. How are you doing?” That is the voice of love. People sewing masks for others, delivering groceries to neighbors, sharing pictures or stories that lift our spirits and help us remember to laugh. Those are acts of love. 1 Corinthians 13:7 tells us that Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. As we continue to live out our faith during this pandemic, we are reminded that creation is more beautiful, life is more wonderful and people are more precious than ever before. Love changes everything and when we open our hearts, we will allow love to change us as well.

 

 

 


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 be a model of serving with humility, forgiveness, and love for the world…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For discernment in the upcoming election:
May we choose leaders who hear your Word, live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the aliens and widowed, the orphaned and poor of today’s world who need our care and support:
May we show our love…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the ability to love and learn from those who strike us as incomplete, damaged or lacking in some way:
May we celebrate their gifts…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those struggling with chronic pain, fatigue, or illness:
May they find relief and healing from the care of others…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died,
especially Shirley Wakefield…
(pause)
May they rest in the eternal peace of the kingdom of heaven…
(pause)
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

 

God of justice,
you have spoken clearly regarding our responsibility to love not only you,
but also our neighbors.
You have called us specially to love and serve those who are most vulnerable.
Help us to love as Jesus loved.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

 


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.

Amen.

 

 

 


Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
you fashioned us in love.
You have created diverse peoples of many races and nations to witness to the bright spectrum of your love.
Working with your Holy Spirit, may we break down the walls of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination.
We offer all we have to you hoping to grow in our understanding and love of neighbor,
including caring for those in isolation,
the elderly,
the immunocompromised,
and families with parents who are essential workers.
As we move from here, help us to love you first and to share with everyone we meet your generous 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.

Amen.

 

 


Closing Song

Lift Every Voice and Sing:

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