Worship At Home, The Feast of Corpus Christi

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

The Feast of Corpus Christi

 

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 Song

What a Gift to be Gathered:

 

Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

Loving God, fill our hearts with your Spirit, so that as we are faced with difficulties and anxieties that life has brought us, we may remember your eternal love and trust the promise of your presence.
May our prayer glorify your holy name and our work this day be an offering to you.

Amen

 


The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy
Moses said to the people:
“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.
“Do not forget the LORD, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Psalm

Bless the Lord My Soul:

 

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God

 

 

Gospel Acclamation:

 

 

The Gospel

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

 


Homily

Fr. Patrick Kennedy:

The year was 1993. The month was August. I was pastor of St. Therese Catholic Church in Highland Park. I, along with the Youth Minister from the Highland Catholic Community, some young adult chaperones, boarded a bus with 40 high school kids from the three parishes in Highland and we went to World Youth Day which was being held in Denver Colorado. Hundreds of thousands of youth descended on the Mile-High City and celebrate our Catholic Faith. We also were there to see the main attraction of the weeklong celebration, Pope John Paul II.
When we arrived, one of the first things we did was to learn the theme song that would be sung throughout the week. The title was “We are One Body, One Body in Christ”. As we gathered in large crowds early in the week, there was a smattering of youth who sang the song. By the time Pope arrived mid-week, the whole stadium, filled to the gills, was belting out the song with gusto. Not only that, but there was a slow but steady ground swell of movement which accompanied the singing of the song. It was all quite moving.
The first verse of the song is this. “We are one body, one body in Christ and we do not stand alone. We are one body, one body in Christ and he came that we might we have life. For he tells us “When you eat my body and drink my blood, I will live in you and you will live in my love”. We are one body, one body in Christ and we do not stand alone”.
I replayed the song that moved a whole group of young people back then and I thought how profound the words of this song could be to the present generation of youth and actually the whole world. Being part of the body of Christ means none of us stand alone. While that is a lofty ideal, it isn’t always our reality. Loneliness is a suffering many people of all ages endure.
If this feast teaches us anything it teaches the truth that we aren’t. Not one of us. Everybody is included. There is not distinction. No partiality shown. In Christ we stand together. He with us. We with him. And even if we can’t experience this togetherness or the closeness of his presence, he remains stands at our side, firmly rooted in our hearts, in all the experiences each of us goes through every day. His Spirit breathes this message to us over and over again hoping we come to believe, in Christ we are not alone.
He tells us “He came that we might have life. Life. A wonderful gift. Life. A profound blessing. Life, the source of all our joys and sorrows. Life. The capacity to make it good for ourselves and for others too. Life. The moments we have to love one another as he loves us. He says, “if you eat my body and drink my blood, I live in you and you will live in my love.” In other words, the nourishment we receive, when we receive his body and blood in the Eucharist, is meant to feed us so we can feed each other with love, mercy, acceptance, care, understanding, and a hospitality where all people feel truly welcomed when we are present to him. It is in these actions of our giving ourselves to others as he gives himself to us that his real presence is deeply felt. It is his real presence where we realize we are one body, one body in Christ.
As we celebrate this feast, the feast of our parish community, we are reminded of the same mission those young people in Denver were charged with as they headed home. It a mission where each individual came to know it isn’t enough to just pay lip service to the fact, we are all one body, one body in Christ. Much more is demanded. Each of us must renew and rededicate ourselves in an act of faith. What we celebrate in word and sacrament at the altar, is what we strive to live in our parish, in our families, in our neighborhood and in our world. It’s the actions of love we share that indicate we understand what it truly means to be one body in Christ. Nobody is outside of it. And the reason they aren’t is because each of us stands with them no matter the situation or circumstances. Through our presence with them and they with us, we become the real presence of Christ for each other and we truly become one body, one body in Christ.

A YouTube link featuring the song Fr. Pat refers to in his homily:
We Are One Body (Dana Scallon)

 


Another Reflection

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, the namesake of our community. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” Now the crowd he was talking to were taken aback at this thought. How can this be? We know his father and mother, we watched him grow up. Is he refereeing to cannibalism? He has gone too far this time. They didn’t understand. Jesus was offering eternal life and food that will sustain forever, much like the water of life with which you will never grow thirsty. We can understand how the crowd hearing this would miss it, we have the benefit of 2000 plus years after the Resurrection to digest it. Jesus was broken and poured out for the life of the world. We believe that Jesus is in the Eucharist and sacred blood each time we gather, but also in each person we see, the Scriptures that move our hearts and the beauty of all creation. When we receive the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, we become what we receive, we become Christ’s body in the world. When Jesus called his disciples, he called them to be like himself. In the eating and drinking of Christ’s flesh and blood, we consume his life that he might consume and change ours. We eat and digest his life, his love, his mercy, his forgiveness, his way of being and seeing, his compassion, his presence, and his relationship with the Father. We eat and drink our way to life. If you look in the Scriptures, you will find references to all sorts of bread: the bread of adversity, the bread of tears, the bread of affliction, the bread of greed, the bread of mourning, the bread of power, the bread of wickedness, the bread of idleness, the bread of stinginess, and the list goes on and on. The Bread of Life feeds, nurtures, and sustains us and all the other bread leaves us hungry and malnourished.
Many of us spend a fair amount of time, energy, and prayer trying to create and possess the life we want. Despite our best efforts, sometimes we live less than fully alive. Sometimes the outside and inside of who we are don’t match up. We ask ourselves, “What am I doing with my life?” We wonder if this is all there will ever be. Is this as good as it gets? Is this enough? Nothing seems to satisfy. Those questions and feelings are not so much a judgement on us, but a diagnosis of us. They are symptoms that there is no life in us, something is missing. We are dying from the inside out. There is however a treatment for our condition and food for our hunger. Jesus is our medicine and our health. The bread that came down from heaven is in the people, relationships, experiences, practices, beliefs, attitudes, teachings, love, and anything else that nourishes, sustains, strengthens, energizes, empowers, and encourages us to become more fully alive. There are moments when time stands still and we wish the moment would never end. In that moment we are in the flow, the wonder, and the unity of life. Our lives are nourished and fed by others in thousands of ways. Jesus taught by feeding and nourishing life in so many ways and circumstances: through his love, presence, guidance, and teaching; through his healing, forgiveness, and mercy; through his generosity, compassion, and wisdom. When we partake of the bread of someone else’s life, our life is nourished, our life is sustained, our life is strengthened. Right now, we are not able to gather as we normally do as one community around the table. We are being asked to stretch our understanding of what the Bread of Life can do in our lives. We are being asked to be the Bread of Life for one another to strengthen our community so that when we return to our space, all the members will be there, and the celebration will be complete. We are the body of Christ, intimately united to one another by the bonds of the Holy Spirit. When one member of the body suffers, we all suffer. And when one member rejoices, we all share in its joy. The building may be closed, but the church is still open, alive, and sent out working in the world. Come, Holy Spirit!

Reflection Song

We Give You Thanks:

We are providing two versions of the sheet music for your convenience, a “tall” version (probably better for phones and tablets) and a “wide” version (probably better for computer screens):

Tall:

Wide:

 

 


Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,          
born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

 


Prayers of the Faithful

PRESIDER:
As a people bound in a deep covenant with God,
we share in all the hungers of this world,
and so we pray for all who long to be fed.
LECTOR:
For the church:
Mindful that we are called to be the bread of life for others,
may we nourish our world with the love found in the good news…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who denounce racism and prejudice in all its forms,
and for those fighting to dismantle systems that oppress…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who have given of themselves for the sake of others:
for martyrs,
foster parents and first responders,
for organ and blood donors;
and for all who make sacrifices for us…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who search for meaning and direction in their lives:
May they find in this community a place where their needs will be met….
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For the times when we struggle to live up to our baptismal commitments:
May we find the courage to know we are not alone and return to our mission…
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

For our vulnerable populations:
the elderly,
the homeless,
the physically compromised,
and the those on the front lines:
sustain their bodies and spirits…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For the sick, especially Ernie Que, the brother of Larry Que.
For anyone fighting illness and for all whose pain isolates them from others.
May they receive what they seek in Christ’s name.
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…
Especially those who died alone or with no one to pray for them…

(PAUSE)

Grant peace and eternal life to all who have gone before us in faith.
We pray to the Lord,

Lord hear our prayer.

 

PRESIDER:
Gracious God, make us merciful.
May we be signs of your good gifts,
generously measured,
and flowing over in service to our broken world.
Help us to live lives of love for you and for our neighbor creating unity.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 


Closing Prayer

Source of all love and life, hear our voices as we cry out to you.
Give meaning to our hopes, to our struggles, and to our strivings.
Without you we are lost and our lives empty.
In your wisdom, grant us those things
that will lead us forward to wholeness, love, and peace again.
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.