June 21, 2020 - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Welcome to the Virtual Parish weekly worship!  We encourage you to participate with your family in the following Liturgy of the Word.  You will find audio recordings of the readings and videos of Father Au reading the Gospel and providing his Homily.

Have a blessed weekend.

The Readings

Audio of the readings, read by Shrine parishioner Wanda Goldschmidt

 

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35
               Response: "Lord, in your great love, answer me."

Second Reading: Romans 5:12-15

Gospel

Matthew 10:26-33

 

Homily

What kind of people will we decide to be, and what kind of society will we choose to create?

 

"When will things get back to normal?" This is the question so many ask as we go through a difficult and challenging time of dealing with a pandemic that has disrupted the routines of life for the whole world, and when we also face the social disruption and turmoil created by profound issues of injustice and racism and inequality that have gone unaddressed in our society. For most people who yearn for life to get back to "normal," it means getting back to a life without the turmoil and disruption and uncertainty that faces us now. Yet such a "normal life" is really a temporary illusion. In today's Gospel Jesus warns his friends that if they would be His disciples they can not expect a "normal" life as we would have it, for they will know opposition and persecution and suffering for witnessing to Him and the truth of the Gospel message.

For ourselves, we are challenged to face what every generation must face, that crisis and tragedy and struggle is a "normal" part of life. When crisis does come to us, we are challenged to not play the victim but to ask the most important questions: What do we need to learn in this situation? and How will we choose to respond, who will we choose to be in the face of this situation? The crises that strip away the illusion of normality are, at heart, the most important opportunities in which we must learn what is most important in our lives and decide what kind of people we are going to be and what kind of society we are going to struggle to make.

If we would follow the call of Christ, we must not play the victim before our present moment of crisis. We must by His grace ask the most important questions and give our answers: What do we need to learn from this crisis? And, How will we choose to respond?  What kind of people will we decide to be, and what kind of society will we choose to create?

God is waiting for our answers.

Intercessions

  • For those who are sick, for those with chronic illnesses and underlying health concerns, for all those who are suffering.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For those who are lonely, for those who have no one to check on them, for families that are separated.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For those who are unemployed, for those suffering financial hardships, for those who face an uncertain future.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For those who are suffering from physical or emotional abuse, for those who are disproportionally suffering because of societal structures and unjust policies, for those who are struggling with physical or mental disabilities, for those who are overwhelmed by anxiety and stress.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For those who are dying, for those who have died while saving the lives of others, for all who have lost their lives.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For those who have survived, for those who have lost their spouses, for children who have been orphaned, for all those who mourn and those who comfort them.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For firefighters, police, and emergency medical workers, for doctors, nurses, and all health care professionals, for those who serve in the armed forces.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For public officials, for business leaders, for educators, for innovators and inventors who provide new solutions. Let us pray to the Lord...

  • For peace in our city and in our world, for renewed friendships among neighbors, for solidarity and unity among all peoples, for a greater appreciation and love of all humanity. Let us pray to the Lord... 

  • For patience and perseverance, for calm in the midst of fear, for the grace to overcome adversity, for generosity of spirit, for hope in times of despair, for light in the darkness.  Let us pray to the Lord... 

Gracious and Loving God,
You are our comforter and our hope.
Hear our prayers as we come before you.
Strengthen us in this time of need.
Inspire us to acts of solidarity and generosity
and give us hope of a brighter future.

 

Litany of Solidarity and Hope During a Pandemic, by Joseph P. Shadle

Closing Prayer

Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well being.  We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.  We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.

We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. 

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.  Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.  Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,

You, the God who does not abandon.

 

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