This Week's Sunday Mass

July 14, 2019: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. Michael Wolfe
Parish: St. John Paul II
Choir: Our Lady of Lourdes

Today we hear the parable which is so central to who we are as a people of faith, the story of what we call the good Samaritan. And I have to recognize that the thoughts that I'm sharing with you today I'm borrowing from a biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine. And she calls attention to the attitude and language of the one who is testing Jesus first and foremost, we know that he's coming to test, to set a trap. And this lawyer says to him, “What do I have to do?” There's a focus on doing. As if it were a thing to check off. And this attitude is even clearer in the original Greek, and I know it can be kind of boring to hear especially us, that are fresh out of the seminary, talk about the original language. This posits in the Greek suggests a single action. Again this attitude of checking off the box once. But how can something that you inherit be dependent on a single action? Something to check off. And indeed we have the example of this, what we call the good Samaritan, who’s moved to compassion, again in the original Greek as I'm sure you've heard before, there's this almost like visceral movement with response to the man that he finds, the victim of this crime. It's not a thought process of checking out. It's fulfilling what the lawyer himself points out in the beginning of loving god with all that you have and are. And then that is not a matter of not checking off a box to inherit eternal life but rather it is to participate already in how we manifest our love for God. And neighbor. My prayer then, my brothers and sisters, as we continue on our day and this week, is that we reflect on the ways that we respond to God's love for us with all of ourself to the point that we have visceral reactions to the lives and difficulties of those around us. That the ways that we manifest the love we receive from God in our attitudes, our openness to those who we encounter and a life in general, regardless of the situation we may be in at this moment. Regardless of who we encounter that we overcome seeing faith as something we check off and recognize it as something that we live, to the very heart of who we are.
Entrance: Holy God We Praise Your Name
Text: Grosser Gott, wir loben dich; ascr to Ignaz Franz, 1719-1790; tr. by Clarence Walworth, 1820-1900, alt.
Tune: GROSSER GOTT, 7 8 7 8 77; Katholisches Gesangbuch, Vienna c. 1774

Gloria: Mass of Saint Ann
Text from the English translation of The Roman Missal, © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Music © 2011, World Library Publications.
Contributors: Ed Bolduc

Psalm 19: Your Words Are Spirit and Life
Text: John 6:63c; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11, 15. Refrain text © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Verses text © 1970, 1997, 1998, CCD. All rights reserved. used with permission.
Music © 1999, Bob Hurd. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved.

Preparation: Christ Among Us
Words and Music by David Haas
Copyright © 2007 by GIA Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Communion: Ubi Caritas
Text: Refrain and verses 1, 2 and 5 based on the Latin Chant text from the Liturgy of Holy Thursday; verses 3 and 4, Bob Hurd, b. 1950
Music: Bob Hurd.
Text and music © 1996 Bob Hurd. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved.

Sending Forth: We Are The Light of the World
Text: Matthew 5:3-11, 14-16; Jean A. Greif, 1898-1981
Tune: Jean A. Greif, 1898-1981
© 1966, Vernacular Hymns Publishing Co.

Mass Setting: Mass of Renewal
Text: © 2010 ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music: Mass of Renewal; Curtis Stephan, b. 1973; choral arr. by Curtis Stephan and Rick Modlin, b. 1966, © 2009 Curtis Stephan. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.
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