March 29, 2020 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Welcome to the Virtual Parish weekly worship!  We encourage you to participate with your family in the following Liturgy of the Word, by reading the following Scripture and prayers out loud with your family.  If there is more than one person home, or if you are joining other family and friends virtually to worship, then take turns reading the Scripture. 

You will also find audio recordings below as well, and videos of Father Au reading the Gospel and providing his Homily

If you follow us on Facebook, we encourage you to have a discussion regarding these readings and homily.   Have a Blessed weekend and stay well.

Audio of the Readings and Responsorial: 

First Reading

Ezekiel 37: 12-14

Thus says the Lord GOD:
O my people, I will open your graves
and have you rise from them,
and bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
and I will settle you upon your land;
thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalms 130: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the LORD.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
For with the LORD is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.

With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

Second Reading

Romans 8:8-11

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.

Gospel

John 11:1-45

 

Homily

The opposite of believe is not unbelief, it's fear.

Don't you find it irritating when people answer your question with another question?  In this week's Gospel Martha complains to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died!" It is really a question:"Lord why do we have to experience this heart ache?" Jesus answers her question with another question: "Do you believe?" 

We can totally identify with Martha's question. Yet everything actually depends on how we answer Jesus' question.

 

Intercessions

  • For those infected with coronavirus, that they may receive prompt, effective and compassionate medical care.
  • For all medical professionals who are courageously treating those infected.  May they be shielded, strengthened and guided as they administer healing treatments and care. 
  • For all who are suffering from the coronavirus, as well as for doctors, nurses, caregivers, and all those who are working to combat the disease.
  • For those most vulnerable to this disease, the elderly, the poor, the homeless and those disabled or weakened by other health conditions.
  • For those under quarantine, that they might be comforted by your presence and protected from disease, anxiety and fear.   
  • For our public healthcare leaders and government agencies that they might be informed and well prepared as they deal with this pandemic.  Grant them the resources and assistance they need to use their wisdom in the best interest of public health.
  • For medical researchers who are tracking the course of the coronavirus.  May they uncover patterns that will help us understand how to  remain healthy. 
  • For those searching for treatments, cures and vaccines.  May you guide them, reveal new ideas and accelerate their discoveries to fight this disease. 
  • For the communities, areas and countries hardest hit by coronavirus.  Restore their sense of wellbeing and community.  Sustain them, comfort them and give them hope. 
  • For all whose lives are disrupted by the coronavirus; for families who have been separated by quarantine or whose livelihoods have been jeopardized.    
  • For a quick end to the progression of COVID-19, that lives might be spared.

 

Closing Prayer

Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Protection

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.

O loving Mother, you know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.