MARY MOTHER OF JESUS INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
Interesting, Inviting, Involving, Inspiring
Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
July 14, 2019
Presiders: Joan Meehan and Lee Breyer
Music Minister: Linda Lee Miller
Theme: The ABC’s to right living
Presider: Welcome to Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community where everyone is welcome to participate in our Eucharistic Celebrations. We use inclusive language in the scripture readings and prayers. We invite respectful and reading-related comments in the shared homily. A short time after that, there will be an opportunity to offer personal intentions in the Prayers of the Community. Everyone, with no exceptions, is invited to gather around the altar table and pray the Consecration and share the Communion. We are delighted to see everyone here today – both the “old timers” and the newcomers – and we are pleased that we can pray together in this liturgy. Lastly, all are invited to join together for supper at a local restaurant after the liturgy.
Presider: My sisters and brothers, we once again come to the MMOJ banquet table to break bread together and to recognize and share the compassionate presence of God who is in each and every one of us. In doing so, may we always remember that we are all formed as one body by our one Creator. We are all supported and strengthened by the same Spirit to a common goal but on our own separate journeys. And we ask the Sustainer to enliven the hearts of all of us who are gathered here today…and to extend her blessings to all those members of our community who are not with us in person, but who are by their spirits.
Opening Song: Gather Us In #303 verses 1, 3, 4.
ALL: O Loving One, you have created all that exists in our ever-expanding universe. You have done so out of your unending love. You call us to see goodness and beauty that is always surrounding us so that we can live in harmony with all that you have created, and that includes our brothers and sisters on this earth. You call us to live in the peace of your making, and to find ways to heal the wounds of hatred and violence, discrimination and oppression that is so prominent in our world today. We ask you for the strength of the Spirit to bring this about and, thereby, to smooth the pathway of the ever-coming kindom.
Presider: And we ask this…
ALL: In the name of our God who shares divinity with us in the sacredness of creation;
In the name of our God who shares humanity with us in the person of Jesus;
In the name of our God who inspires and strengthens us on our journeys.
Together we give praise and thanks as we celebrate all the blessings that our God has abundantly given us. Amen.
Communal Rite for Forgiveness
Presider: Compassionate God, to you all hearts are open, no desires are unknown, and from whom no secrets are hidden.
All: May we be continually conscious of your knowledge and understanding, your forgiveness and acceptance of all of us in our lives. My we, in gratitude to you who has forgiven us our failings, in turn – be forgiving to our own selves and compassionate to one another. We ask this of you in the names of Jesus, our brother and of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter. Amen.
Glory to God
Presider: Let us give glory to our loving Holy One.
All (Sung): Glory to God, glory, O praise God, Alleluia. Glory to God, glory.
O praise the name of our God. (3X)
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading: Deuteronomy 30: 10-14
Then Moses said to the Israelites: “Obey, YHWH, your God and keep the commandment and decrees that are written in the scriptures, the Book of Laws, and return to your God with all your heart and soul.
This Law that I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it beyond your reach. It is not way up in the heavens so that you need to ask yourself: “Who will go up to heaven for us ad baring it down to us so that we may hear it and keep it?” Nor is it beyond the seas so that you need to wonder “Who will cross the sea for us and bring it back to us so that we may hear it and keep it?” No, I tell you, the word of YHWH is very near you; it is in your mouths and in your hearts so that you can easily keep it.
Thanks be to God.
Second Reading: Colossians 1: 15-20
Christ is the image of the unseen God and the firstborn of all creation.
In Christ were created all things in heaven and on earth – everything visible and invisible. All things were created through Christ and for Christ.
Before anything was created, Christ existed, and all things hold together in Christ.
The Church is the body; Christ is its head.
Christ is the Beginning – the firstborn from the dead.
As so, Christ is first in every way.
God wanted all perfection to be found in Christ, and all things to be reconciled to God through Christ – everything in heaven and everything on earth – when Christ made peace.
Thanks be to God
Gospel: Luke 10: 25-37
An expert of the Law stood up to put Jesus to the test and said: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered: “What is written in God’s Law? How do you read it?
The law scholar replied: “You will love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind…and love your neighbor as you do you do yourself.” Jesus said: “You have answered correctly. Do it and you will live.”
But the law expert, seeking self-justification, pressed Jesus further “And just who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied by telling a story. “There was a traveler going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, who fell prey to robbers. The traveler was beaten, stripped, and left half-dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road and saw the traveler lying beside the road…but passed by on the other side. Likewise, there was a Levite who came the same way. This one, too, saw the afflicted traveler and passed by on the other side to avoid him.
But a Samaritan, who was taking the same road, also came upon the traveler and, filled with compassion, approached the traveler and dressed the wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then the Samaritan put the wounded person on his donkey, went straight to an inn and there took care of the injured one. The next day, the Samaritan took two silver pieces and gave them to the innkeeper with the request: ‘Look after this person, and if there is any further expense, put it on my bill. I will pay you on my way back.
“Which of these three, in your opinion, was the neighbor to the victim who fell in with the robbers?”
The lawyer said: “The one who showed compassion, who treated with mercy.”
Jesus replied: “Then go and do the same.”
This is the Good News of our Gospel.
Shared Homily and Community Reflections
The ABC of right living — creating a culture of compassion
Profession of Faith
We believe in God, the Divine Mystery, who is beyond all description and understanding. We believe that God, the Creator, is the very center of all that exists and whose divinity infuses everything with the sacred.
We believe in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who carried the message of God’s word to everyone whom he met during his time on this earth, and who has continued to do so to everyone now – including ourselves. Jesus will continue spreading the Good News throughout the universe till the end of time. It is through him, the heart of God’s compassion, that we have become a new people. Through Jesus, we have been called beyond the consequences of our brokenness and have been raised to the fullness of life.
We believe in the Spirit, the Breath of God in the world who inspires and strengthens us to be instruments of mercy and peace to everyone, everywhere. She is the one who keeps the light of the Christ-vision present to everyone, especially those who struggle in the darkness, so that they may experience the grace of God one day.
And we believe that God’s kin-dom is here and now, stretched out around all of us who are willing to use our eyes to see it, our heads to understand it, our hearts to receive it, and our hands to deliver its message with those around us.
Prayers of the Community
Presider: With heads and hearts mindful of our Creator’s unconditional love that is embedded in each of us, let us bring our needs and those of our community to our Loving God. After each intercession, we respond: God of Compassion, to you we offer these prayers.
Presider: That those who still suffer separation from their family members may find some comfort in their pain by knowing the shared concern of so many of their brothers and sisters in our country and theirs. We pray. God of Compassion…
Presider: That those injured by statements and actions of hatred and violence, their own or those of others, will find places of compassionate consolation and peace, we pray. R.
Presider: That Katy, Kathryn, Janet and Bridget Mary…along with their brothers and sisters at the ARCWP retreat … experience the enveloping presence of the Spirit and the warmth of one another at their retreat, we pray. R.
Presider: And for whom else and what else do we pray at this time? (Other intentions) R.
Presider: That those who have gone ahead of us and now dwell forever in their heavenly homes, especially (mention any names), we pray. R.
Presider: Healing God, we ask you to strengthen us in our concerns and cares for one another, here and around the world. We ask you to bless our efforts for justice and equality so that, with our sisters and brothers, we may promote cultures of understanding and compassion, peace and non-violence in our communities and in our world. As we always do, we make these prayers to you God of Compassion, in the names of Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, our Wisdom and Strength.
Offertory Song: Table of Plenty #310 verses 1, 3, 4.
Those who bring the bread and wine will come to the front of the table and stop/stand there.
Then a presides will ask each one of the community members in sequence ….:
Presider: What do you bring to Christ’s table?
The person with the bread will say: I bring bread, made with the grain of the earth and formed by many peoples’ work. It has come to us from an unjust world in which some people have plenty of food – and where others have little sustenance and suffer hunger.
Presider: May the spirit of God be upon this bread, given to us for our use. It will become our spiritual food.
Presider: What do you bring to Christ’s table?
The person with the wine will say: I bring wine, made with the fruit of the earth and formed by many peoples’ work. It has come to us from an unjust world in which some people have plenty of leisure time – and where others have little personal time and struggle to survive.
Presider: May the Spirit of God be upon this wine, given to us for our use. It will become our spiritual drink.
Presider: Blessed are you, Jesus, our Brother, through your goodness we have this bread, this wine, and even our own lives to offer in this sacred celebration. At this, your family table, everyone is fed the same bread and all share the same wine. No one is turned away from this banquet of love. So, let all of us gather here around this Table of Plenty to celebrate the feast. Please join us at this family table.
Gathering of the Gifted
Presider: Let us lift up our hearts at this blessed place and time… at this sacred celebration.
All: We lift them up to the One who has gifted us with overwhelming love to be shared with others.
Presider: God dwells in each one of us.
All: Namaste! Namaste!! Namaste!!!
Presider: Gracious Wisdom, you embrace us with your love in times of both our blessedness and our weaknesses. You are always with us…living in us, as we do in you. And we express our joy in this blessed union by singing our “family camp song.”
All: We are holy, holy, holy, we are whole (3x). You are…I am… We are…(Karen Drucker)
Voice 1: Gracious God, at this – your banquet table – we celebrate your divine love for us beyond anything we could ever expect, say or do. Your divine compassion connects all of us together…those who are here and those elsewhere, the young and the old, the first and the last …everyone, everywhere… on our journey into the heart of your compassion and mercy.
Voice 2: We thank you for the gift of Jesus of Nazareth in history – and the gift of Jesus the Christ in faith. You brought him from among all your people to baptize us in your Spirit. His life was moved by his consuming vision of your presence both in himself and in his earthly mission. He revealed you to us through his compassionate life well-lived. And he showed us, through his teaching and example, not only how we should live, but also for what we may suffer and even die. Through him and your Spirit, you breathe life into us so that we may be witnesses to his gospel messages.
Voice 3: When his time on earth had come to an end, Jesus – aware of and accepting his destiny – gave up his life for the values that he deeply believed, lived and taught…his conviction that love is stronger than death. Then, in providing an example of this wisdom for everyone in all the ages to come, he willingly “paid the price;” he opened wide his arms and died. Then the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead demonstrated to us, through him, that life is eternal and that love is immortal. And that same Spirit that lived in Jesus then will be resurrected in each one of us. The Jesus of history and faith is with us today – as he will be through the end of time.
ALL: We remember the gift that Jesus gave us on the night before he died. He gathered with his friends to share a final Passover meal. And it was at that supper that Jesus took bread, said the blessing and shared it with them saying: take this all of you and eat it. This bread is you; this bread is me. We are one body, the presence of God in the world. When you do this, remember me and all that I have taught you. This is the new and everlasting covenant. (pause a moment, then continue….)
ALL: In the same way, Jesus took a cup of wine, said the blessing and gave it to his friends saying: take this all of you and drink it. This wine is you; this wine is me. We are one blood, the presence of God in the world. When you do this, remember me and all that I have taught you. This is the new and everlasting covenant.
Presider: Jesus, who was with God “in the beginning of the creation of the heavens and the earth,” is with us now in this bread. The Spirit, of whom the prophets spoke in history, is with us now in this cup. Let us proclaim this mystery of our faith.
ALL: Jesus has died. Christ is risen. The cosmic Christ lives through us in the world today.
Voice 5: God, we know that you bless all of us – your church – everywhere we may be in the world. Help us grow in our love and caring for Francis, our Pope, Bridget Mary, our Bishop, and everyone with whom we come in contact – especially those who live on the margins of church and society. They are all our brothers and sisters. We remember also the Communion of Saints – all those, living and dead, especially those who touched our lives and left their footprints on our hearts. We do remember now….(mention names here….)
ALL: We believe that the Spirit of God who works through us. She can and will do more than we could ever know or even imagine. The Spirit gives us the strength to be compassionate carriers of the gospel message. Let us praise our God. sing: Amen. (3x)
The Prayer of Jesus
ALL: still holding hands, we continue to sing: Our Father and Mother, who are in heaven, blessed is your name, may your kindom come, your will be done……
The Sign of Peace
Presider: Jesus, we know that you, who has given us the gifts of compassion and peace, are here with us now as we, with joined hands in a circle of love, sing our prayer: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” (#526).
Litany at the Breaking of the Bread
Presider: Loving God…ALL: you call us to Spirit-filled service and to live the Gospel of non-violence in our efforts for peace and justice. We will live justly.
Presider: Loving God….ALL: you call us to be your presence in the world and to be bearers of forgiveness and understanding, compassion and healing everywhere in your name. We will love tenderly.
Presider: Loving God….ALL: you call us to speak truth to power. We will do so, walking humbly with you.
Presider: This is Jesus, who calls us to share our bread and wine on the altar of the world. All are invited to do that today in this blessed space…and at this sacred banquet of love.
ALL: We are the Body of Christ. This is the good news of the gospel!
Presider: Then let us share and spread this good news! ALL: Amen.
(As we share this sacred meal, we say to one another
with the passing of the bread: “you are the LOVE of God in the world” and
with the sharing of the wine: “you are the PEACE of God in the world.” )
Communion Music: Instrumental
Post-Communion Challenge: The Summons #384 verses 1, 4, 5
Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion
Presider: Holy One, may this Eucharist in which we share Jesus’ healing love today, deepen our oneness with you and with one another in all our tomorrows. May we, with the strength of the Spirit, share with one another the bountiful blessings you always give us. And may wonder and thanksgiving fill us with knowledge and understanding as we experience the infusion of your love and compassion in us, your sacred people. We ask this in the names of Jesus, the Christ, and the Spirit, our Wisdom and Strength.
Gratitudes – Introductions – /Announcements
ALL: Let us go forth in compassion and peace; holding fast to what is good and rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. And may God, who promises peacemakers a place in the kindom of heaven, guide us on our different paths through our pilgrimages on earth May we do so with God’s gifts of Christ-like love for one another — and with a hunger for justice everywhere — in ourselves, our homes, our country, and the world in which we live …. with no exceptions.
May we continually remain clean of heart in the coming kindom and open to the will of the Spirit. And may we always be the Face of God to the world, reflecting well God’s compassionate and caring presence in us to everyone we meet.
Closing Blessing (extending an arm in mutual blessing.)
ALL: May our gracious God bless us all gathered here now …and for all those for whom we lovingly prayed in this liturgy, including the Cleveland retreatants. We ask this – as always – in the name of God our Creator, in the name of Jesus our Liberator, and in the name of the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier, as we minister to one another and to all those we meet on our journey. Be with us as we continue on our paths and follow in the footsteps of Jesus — for WE are the face of God to the world…and may we reflect God to everyone we meet. Amen.
Presider: May we go from here to spread the messages of love and compassionate care, understanding and peace everywhere we go and to everyone we meet. May we be a bright light in the world for others to see – in us – an image of God and may we, in doing so, always follow the blessed guidance of the Spirit. Let this be our mission, the mission of Jesus.
Thanks be to God; let it be so. Amen.
Closing Song: Take the Word of God With You #382 verses 1 – 4.