Worship Resources For Everyone
Note: In an effort to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 we continue Social Distancing
Phase One Reopening
Please read the letter from Corpus Christi staff and Parish Council regarding reopening for Daily Mass and small groups.
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Mass times are Tuesday at 6:30 pm, Wednesday at noon, and Friday at noon.
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We have begun Walk-Up Communion on Sundays, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
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For Your Reflection
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.
On-Line Worship Resources:
Archdiocese Covid-19 page which includes updates and where to watch live stream Masses: https://www.archspm.org/covid19/
St. Rose is live streaming Mass: Until further notice, all public Masses are suspended at Saint Rose of Lima. We will livestream the 9:00 AM Sunday morning Mass on our Saint Rose Facebook Page (If you cannot use Facebook, you can watch the livestream on the bottom of our Saint Rose Home page in a smaller window)
Other Spiritual Needs Online:
- For local Mass streaming: https://www.archspm.org/covid19
- Ignatian spirituality https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/
- America Magazine and Jesuitical podcast https://www.americamagazine.org/jesuiticalshow https://www.americamagazine.org/podcasts
- Give us this day: https://giveusthisday.org/?utm_campaign=Give%20Us%20This%20Day&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=84680133&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_GUZ79nv_6eBncO9XRDYWgHWMIim6mH54FBtOJ-Wl1kVK137zL8kqQofMI1yBVp0pkHLPjXrdj257Mf55amQ_kJbMJYA&_hsmi=84681606
- The Magnificat: https://us.magnificat.net/
- Loyola Press: https://www.loyolapress.com/
- If on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/FrJamesMartin/posts/ for daily reading reflections.
- The Catholic Crusade for daily rosary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC27F-5DfIOEitDEazCwdHWw
- Some options for Stations of the Cross
- An Irish resource for Mass when gathering is not possible: https://www.elphindiocese.ie/prayers-at-home-when-gathering-for-mass-is-not-possible/
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)
Links to the music are now provided on the Worship At Home page.
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