Worship Resources For Everyone

 

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January 29th, The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A link to the readings from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/012923.cfm

 

For Your Reflection

This Sunday, we hear the Beatitudes which means “blessed’ or “happy” and is derived from Latin. What makes the Beatitudes perfect is not just the beauty of their language or the hope of their theology, but because Jesus was preaching to the people in front of him who were actually poor, grief stricken, meek and hungry for justice. Some were trying to be merciful to their enemies and struggling to find God in the midst of persecution. Others were attempting to make peace while their family and friends were being falsely accused and condemned. Jesus astonishes the crowd by saying that such people are “blessed”. How can this be? The answer lies in the emphasis on the community, the new society, the new people Jesus is establishing under the reign of God. It was to be called “the Kingdom of God.” Those in such wretched circumstances could have things set right, but only if these followers of Jesus did everything possible to lift the poor out of the poverty which crushes their spirit, did everything possible to comfort those who mourn, did everything possible to make sure that they share the earth’s resources, did everything possible to satisfy their craving for justice. To follow Jesus meant that one learns from him, that one follows his manner of life and his way of thinking. These Beatitudes called for profound inner transformation. Jesus was trying to present a new interpretation of the right way to be in relationship with God – one that is not dominated by rules and regulations. Jesus’ statement, “Happy are the pure of heart,” would have scandalized those who maintained that purity came through strict observance of the Law. Jesus suggests that purity (and impurity) comes from within a person rather than from the outside, regardless of their observance of the Law. The Beatitudes are not a menu to select from, but rather an essential list of ingredients. These words are not brand new. They reflect the words of the prophets who went before him and point to the coming of the Kingdom of God. They are not conditions of salvation or roadmaps to earn entry to God’s kingdom, rather they are all declarations of God’s love and grace. Few words, simple words, but practical words for all because Christianity is not just to be imagined, it is to be practiced daily.

Jesus’ words are a comfort to all who struggle, but also a challenge for all to get our act together and set new priorities. Most of the time we twist and distort Jesus’s life and longings to fit ours. Yet, in the trauma and setbacks of life we discover that we cannot do life by ourselves. As we admit our need of God, we find purity of heart. The arrogance of self-sufficiency gives way to meekness. We realize that all that we are and have is from God and we begin to know ourselves as poor in spirit. Our own misfortunes awaken and connect us to the pain of the world for which we cannot help but mourn. We think less about ourselves and become merciful to others. We have nowhere else to go and so we turn our gaze back to God. The longer we gaze at God, the more we hunger and thirst for righteousness, for God’s life, and we become peacemakers reconciling ourselves to God and to our neighbor. We need community. We need faith. We need love. Jesus is the best friend we could ever have, interested in every daily event. He’s there for us at every moment in life. Yet he doesn’t barge in. He waits patiently for an invitation to enter our lives at whatever level we want. Jesus as our friend doesn’t give us old-fashioned sermons, but rather meets us where we are, embraces us and holds us close when the going gets tough. He helps us find the way forward. Jesus pulled no punches and clearly told those listening that what they did to one of the least of these, they did to him. People are victims of famine and starvation, struggling with mental illness, being abused, and being sold and used for profit. Innocents are killed in senseless wars, families are stressed trying to make ends meet and people are outcast, dehumanized and victimized. There is no scarcity of injustice, greed, corruption, lust, systemic power struggles, envy, anger, privilege, and abject poverty. In whatever circumstance of life we find ourselves, as disciples of Jesus, we work to sustain the good that is in the world and to transform whatever needs transformation. These eight Beatitudes describe the fundamental heart change of Jesus’s followers. When we live them out, we are shaping the character of God’s Kingdom here on earth.

 

 

Music as Prayer (Bis orat qui bene cantat)

A greater entrance into the prayer of the Liturgy is achieved by being familiar with the music. In particular, the Psalm functions best as a meditation on the readings when we know it well and the mechanics of singing it do not consume too much of our focus. Similarly, with the individual parts of the Mass Settings (the sung acclamations)

 

Entrance Song:

YouTube Link: Jesus Christ, by Faith Revealed   (not in hymnal)

Gloria:

Mass of Joy and Peace

Psalm:

The Cry Of the Poor (#33)

Gospel Acclamation:

YouTube Link: Celtic Alleluia  (#266)

Preparation of the Gifts:

(instrumental)

Eucharistic Acclamations  (Mass of Creation):

YouTube Link: Holy, Holy,Holy

YouTube Link: Memorial Acclamation

YouTube Link: Amen

YouTube Link: Lamb of God

Communion:

YouTube Link:  Gather in Your Name   (# 823)

Closing:

Lead Me Lord   (not in hymnal)

The Worship Calendar:

 

 

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