Worship At Home
The Thirty-second 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 Thirty-second 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,
as the light of a new day enters our life, we remember that you make the sun rise on the just and the unjust.
Your living word speaks to us today in all places and through all circumstances as we hear your call to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
Open our ears and speak your peace to calm our storms.
Your peace demands justice for all and calls us to transform ourselves, our communities, our nation, and our world.
Forgive our ignorance and insecurities which hold us hostage to “either-or” thinking and living.
We praise you for your faithfulness and love,
and we thank you for the guidance and hope you offer us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord




The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Wisdom
Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known in anticipation of their desire;
Whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed,
for he shall find her sitting by his gate.
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care;
because she makes her own rounds, seeking those worthy of her,
and graciously appears to them in the ways,
and meets them with all solicitude.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive,
who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.
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 told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
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 we find Jesus sharing the Parable of ten virgins. Ten women are waiting to welcome the groom to the wedding celebration. All have brought lamps, but only five brought extra oil. The groom is very late, so late that everyone falls asleep and the lamps begin to go out. Finally, at midnight, the groom shows up, ready to start the party. All are awakened and five of the women refill their lamps and proceed with the groom to the celebration. The other five are told to go and seek oil elsewhere. When they return from their errand, the door has been closed and the groom refused to let them in. Jesus ends the parable with “Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” As with other parables, there are many interpretations possible; Why didn’t they share their oil so all could go in? Why didn’t they go arm and arm together into the celebration? Maybe they couldn’t afford the extra flask, should they still be punished? Where are they going to get oil at midnight? Aren’t we called to share what we have? There are many possibilities. The early church thought Jesus would return quickly. There was a crisis of faith when he didn’t. We are still waiting. Jesus is always providing a new and possibly different perspective that even today challenges us.
The news every week brings fresh tragedies and trials that can make us ask if we have the spiritual reserves to make it through, or if our light will go out? This Gospel helps us to focus on the here and now by finding God in the present, when we do that, the rest will take care of itself. We are now the attendants waiting and whether the groom arrives early or late, it will not matter as he has been constantly part of our everyday life. The kind of preparedness that is needed here cannot be loaned or given by another. One must prepare oneself. Through actions that help our faith to grow, we allow the Holy Spirit to change and challenge us. We find we will have enough oil by answering the cries of the least significant with food, drink, clothing and companionship. We will have enough oil by providing good deeds of justice, mercy, and faith. We will have enough oil by helping with movements to hold authority accountable, lift up the common good, and dismantle systems of oppression. Those who take love of God and love of neighbor to heart will always have the oil required and can sleep without anxiety about being caught short. Waiting is hard. We have been asked to wait for so much this year with the global pandemic. Many have been waiting in darkness not knowing when this too shall pass. When there is love mixed in with the waiting, we are more likely to wait with wisdom. We must be intentional as we wait. We wait and we pray. We wait and we work. We wait and we serve others. We are active and not passive. There is no doubt we will be changed by our waiting. We are called to be love in action, to be Jesus’ hands and feet, to share all that we have and the Good News with those around us. What kind of world do we want to live in? What kind of world do we want for our children, grandchildren, and those who will come after us? What are our best wishes for the future of the world, our country, this city, our parish? What do we pray for when we look at everything that is happening today? We need to ask ourselves, what am I actively doing to bring God’s love into existence? Love is a verb, and action. We make God present when we respond to the needs of others. The kingdom comes in our doing love, forgiveness, hospitality, compassion, feeding, clothing…We are the hope of the next generation. We are the hope for our country and this city. We are called to do the things Jesus taught us: Loving God and neighbor, feeding the hungry and healing the sick. Can we do that for one another? By being members of one family, as disciples together, can we carry one another through the delays and look after each other to make sure we have what we need? Can we ask each other what do you need to keep going? And then help answer that call? Don’t let your faith be extinguished. Don’t let the light of your hope be snuffed out. On your journey of faith, bring along extra spiritual supplies. Keep your lamps trimmed and burning, for however long it takes.




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

Renewed in hope by your saving Word, we lift up our many needs and the needs of those around the world.


For our Church:
May we be grace where there is tension…
welcome to the refugee and guest…
and attentive to our consumption and waste…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who govern:
May they do so with integrity, faithfully carrying out their office with honesty and dignity…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For people throughout the world who are in need hope in the face of violence, poverty, illness or any kind of insecurity…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those whom we have judged because we do not understand:
Bring them hope, peace, and the consolation of a loving community…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For Medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers:
Renew their energy, multiply their supplies and wrap your protection around them to stay safe on the job…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember our beloved dead…
For all who will die this day…
For all who long to see the face of God…
May all souls find rest…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.


God of everlasting life:
keep us hopeful in what lies ahead, while we struggle to live life fully each and every day.
Help us to be people of faith and hope, who encourage those who have lost hope.
Give us the wisdom to live each day as if it were our last.
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,
look in love upon your people.
Walk with us as we struggle to find the right words and actions to communicate your love for all.
Do not let us become complacent consumers but instead be active participants on our faith journey.
We long to grow in grace, to increase our understanding and to develop close relationships.
Help us to cling to you each day of this waiting and not become impatient on the way.
Ignite in us the spark that reminds us that we will be transformed by our waiting.
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

World Peace Prayer:





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