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.
Audio of the readings, read by Shrine parishioner Laure Bowman
First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Response: "Praise the Lord, Jerusalem"
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Are we being nourished and are we nourishing each other?
On this feast we celebrate our belief that in the sacrament of the Eucharist the Risen Lord offers Himself to us as the source of nourishment and strength to live out our call to be His community of disciples.
It is also an invitation to use this sacrament as a prism to view our lives and look at all the ways God nourishes us and provides what we need to meet the challenges of life. Just as Moses in today's reading from Deuteronomy called Israel to remember all the ways God sustained them and delivered them in their journey to freedom, and always provided the sustenance they needed.
Yet the offer of the Risen Lord to give Himself to us as the Bread of Life, also poses a challenge to us to examine if we truly understand what we need to nourish our hearts and souls as human beings. It is a challenge to assess if we are indeed getting that nourishment, or if we need to make the changes in our lives necessary to finding that true nourishment for our hearts and souls.
We are called to look at the relationships in our lives... and ask if they have the taste of the Bread of Life? Do they nourish us and help us develop our humanity or do they drain us and stunt our growth? We are called to examine our pursuit of material things and career goals... and ask if our pursuits are feeding us or draining us? We are called to examine our pursuit of all the things we think we need to take care of ourselves... and ask if this pursuit is leaving us with no self left to care for?
Indeed, can we discern what we really need most to nourish our humanity and to enable us to nourish each other? Are we willing to make whatever changes are necessary to find what really will nourish us, like a starving person will do whatever is necessary to get the food they need. Corpus Christi faces us with the question of are we being nourished and are we nourishing each other?
For our Church, that we may celebrate and welcome the diverse faces of Christ in our community, our worship, our ministries, and our leaders, let us pray to the Lord.
For world leaders, that they may work to end the violence perpetrated by verbal attacks, deadly weapons, and cold indifference. May our nation and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord.
For our community, that we may receive the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of race, language, or culture, let us pray to the Lord.
For parents and educators, that we may teach our children to see all human beings with respect and love, and have the courage to model it in our own behavior, let us pray to the Lord.
For our public officials, that the Spirit of Wisdom may help them strive to work for equal education, suitable housing, and equal employment opportunities for all, let us pray to the Lord.
For solidarity in our global human family, that we may be vigilant in our protection of those who are most vulnerable and most in need, let us pray to the Lord.
For those who have died, especially those who have died from COVID-19 and those in the pursuit of justice, may they all be welcomed into the great glory of God’s love, let us pray to the Lord.
We pray for healing to address
The persistent sin of racism
Which rejects the full humanity
Of some of your children,
And the talents and potential You have given.
We pray for the grace to recognize
The systems that do not support
The dignity of every person,
That do not promote respect
For those who are seen as 'other',
Who bear the legacy of centuries
Of discrimination, fear, and violence.
Lord of all, we ask you to hear and answer our prayers.
Give us eyes to see how the past
Has shaped the complex present,
And to perceive how we must create
A new way forward,
With a new sense of community
That embraces and celebrates
The rich diversity of all,
That helps us live out your call to reject
The sin of racism, the stain of hate,
And to seek a compassionate solidarity
Supported by Your grace and Your love.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
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