Catholic Mass for September 8th, 2019: The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

By | September 10, 2019

(gentle music) ♪ Let us build a house
where love can dwell ♪ ♪ And all can safely live ♪ ♪ A place where
saints and children ♪ ♪ Tell how hearts
learn to forgive ♪ ♪ Built of hopes and
dreams and visions ♪ ♪ Rock of faith and
vault of grace ♪ ♪ Here the love of Christ
shall end divisions ♪ ♪ All are welcome,
all are welcome ♪ ♪ All are welcome
in this place ♪ – In the name of the Father and of the Son, and
of the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – The cost of
discipleship is real and Jesus forewarns
us in today’s gospel. We must lose our lives,
carry our crosses, and renounce our possessions. We carry our cross to
become like the master who carried his cross to
death, victory, and redemption. Lord Jesus, you conquered
death and rose to new life. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you are
the Savior of the world. Christ, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus Christ,
you strengthen us to bear the cross
of discipleship. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May Almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to
life everlasting. – [Congregation] Amen. – [All] Glory to
God in the highest and on earth peace to
people of goodwill. We praise you, we bless
you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you
thanks for your great glory. Lord God, heavenly king,
O God, Almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ,
only begotten Son. Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father, you take away the
sins of the world. Have mercy on us. You take away the
sins of the world. Receive our prayer. You are seated at the
right hand of the Father. Have mercy on us for you
alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the
Most High Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit in the
glory of God the Father. Amen. – Let us pray. O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your
beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance through our Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. – [All] Amen. – A reading from
the Book of Wisdom. Who can know God’s counsel or who can conceive
what the Lord intends, for the deliberations
of mortals are timid and unsure are our plans, for the corruptible
body burdens the soul and the earthen shelter
weighs down the mind that has many concerns. And scarce do we guess
the things on earth and what is within our grasp
we find with difficulty. But when things are in heaven, who can search them out? Or whoever knew your counsel except you had given wisdom and sent your Holy
Spirit from on high and thus were the paths of
those on earth made straight. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (gentle music) ♪ In every age, O Lord ♪ ♪ You have been our refuge ♪ ♪ In every age, O Lord ♪ ♪ You have been our refuge ♪ ♪ You turn men back to dust ♪ ♪ Saying return O
children of men ♪ ♪ For a thousand years in
your sight are as yesterday ♪ ♪ Now that it is past ♪ ♪ Or as a watch of the night ♪ ♪ In every age, O Lord ♪ ♪ You have been our refuge ♪ – A reading from the letter
of St. Paul to Philemon. I, Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner
for Christ Jesus, urge you on behalf of
my child, Onesimus, whose father I have
become in my imprisonment, I am sending him, that is
my own heart, back to you. I should have liked to
retain him for myself so that he might serve
me on your behalf in my imprisonment
for the gospel, but I did not want to do
anything without your consent so that the good
you do might not be forced but be voluntary. Perhaps this is why he was
away from you for a while, that you might have
him back forever, no longer as a slave
but more than a slave. A brother. Beloved, especially to me,
but even more so to you as a man and in the Lord. So if you regard
me as a partner, welcome him as you would me. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (gentle music) ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A reading from the Holy
Gospel according to Luke. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, O Lord. – Great crowds were
traveling with Jesus and he turned to address them, “If anyone comes to me
without hating his father “and mother, wife and
children, brothers and sisters, “and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple. “Whoever does not
carry his own cross “and come after me “cannot be my disciple. “Which of you, wishing
to construct a tower, “does not first sit down
and calculate the cost “to see if there is
enough for its completion? “Otherwise, after
laying the foundation “and finding himself
unable to finish the work, “the onlookers
should laugh at him “and say, ‘This
one began to build “‘but did not have the
resources to finish.’ “Or what king,
marching into battle, “would not first sit down “and decide whether
with 10,000 troops “he can successfully
oppose another king “advancing upon him
with 20,000 troops? “But if not, while
he is still far away “he will send a delegation
to ask for peace terms. “In the same way, any one
of you who does not renounce “all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.” The gospel of the Lord. – [All] Praise to you,
Lord Jesus Christ. – Sometimes Jesus
will exaggerate things in order to make a point and today he’s talking about how serious it is
to be a disciple. Even what he says there, “If anyone comes to me
without hating his father “and mother, wife and children, “brothers and sisters,
and even his own life “cannot be my disciples,”
that doesn’t sound like language of a Savior who is preaching love
and mercy and forgiveness when he says, “You can’t
come to me without hating.” Again, sometimes
Jesus uses those words for shock value, so he’s not
meaning to literally hate but, in other words, be
willing to give up. Are we willing to
give up our father, mother, wife, children,
brothers and sisters, even our own life
to be a disciple? Are we willing? Are we willing to pay
the cost for that? Or, as he puts it too, “Can you take up your
cross and come after me?” Now remember, this is
before Jesus was crucified so when he’s talking
about taking up his cross, he wasn’t speaking about
the cross as we know it because the cross at that time was the instrument of
capital punishment. All right? But what he’s talking about is in the Jewish tradition, in ancient Jewish custom, it was the tradition
to begin your day by calling upon God and signing yourself with the Greek (speaking
foreign language) which would be either
a cross or an X or a T on your forehead to dedicate
this day to the Lord. That’s taking up your cross from the very
beginning of the day, dedicating the day to God. You know, kind of like
branding yourself like cattle is branded in order
to be identified to a certain cattle owner. So we too are branded
with the cross and, of course, for us
then, after the crucifixion, death, and
resurrection of Jesus, the cross has much
more meaning for us because, as he suffered
so much for us, we know that his
suffering wasn’t the end. When Jesus asks us
to take up our cross, he’s also asking us to have
hope in the resurrection, that even when we suffer that’s not the end. Jesus came in the
pascal mystery, that he came down to
earth to be with us, to suffer and die,
but then, ultimately, to go back up. It didn’t end with the
crucifixion and death of Jesus. That was the way
toward new life. So it helps us to even put
into a perspective then that we know that
disciples aren’t the ones that just because we proclaim
our lives for the Lord an dedicate ourselves to God does not mean that life is
always going to be easy. Sometimes there are
going to be trials. Sometimes there’s
going to be suffering. Like, even when my
dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
over 30 years ago and he only had
three months to live. And he said to us as we
gathered together as a family, he wanted to make sure that we were not going
to blame God for this. He was 59 years old, just
retired from the steel mill, ready to enjoy retirement
and, boom, got this diagnosis. And he said, “God did
not give me cancer. “I happen to have cancer,
but God will give us “what we need to
get through it.” My dad had the ability
to look beyond the cross. It didn’t end with a miracle. Three months from his diagnosis,
he went home to the Lord, but he gave us a great example of taking up the cross
and following the Lord and not losing hope even when
things seem to be hopeless. So may we then be willing
to be the Lord’s disciples, to take up our crosses,
to do what is necessary so that we can be his
faithful followers and share his life and
love with all we meet. Amen. – [Congregation] Amen. – Together we profess our faith
using the Apostles’ Creed. – [All] I believe in
God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose
again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to
judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the
body, and life everlasting. Amen. – With confidence in
God’s abundant love, we now present our
needs this day. – For the pilgrim
church on earth, may the body and blood
of Christ transform and sustain us in
the light of truth. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For all who govern or
have authority over others, may the Lord of justice
and mercy guide them in all that they do. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – For the sick, especially
those struggling with mental illness,
depression, or anxiety, and for those who care for them. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation] ,
Lord, hear our prayer. – For all of us, that the Holy Spirit may
give us fortitude and grace in setting aside earthly cares and following Jesus as
intentional disciples. We pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – Loving Father, in
your wisdom please hear and answer our prayers this day. We ask this through
Christ our Lord. – [All] Amen. (gentle music) (muttering) – Thank you. Pray, my sisters and
brothers, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable
to God the Almighty Father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise
and glory of his name, for our good and the good
of all his holy church. – O God who give us
the gift of true prayer and of peace, graciously grant
that through this offering we may do fitting homage
to your divine majesty and, by partaking of
the sacred mystery, we may be faithfully
united in mind and heart through Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [Congregation] It
is right and just. – It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere
to give you thanks. Lord, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God, for you lay the
foundations of the world and have arranged the
changing of times and seasons. You formed us in your own image and set us over the whole world and all its wonder
to rule in your name over all you have made and forever praise you
in your mighty works through Christ our Lord. So with all the
angels and saints we praise you as in joyful
celebration we acclaim. (gentle music) ♪ Holy, holy, holy
Lord God of Hosts ♪ ♪ Heaven and earth are
full of your glory ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Blessed is he, ♪ ♪ Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ – You are indeed holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. Make holy, therefore,
these gifts we pray by sending down your Spirit
upon them like the dew fall so that they may
become for us the body and blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly
into his Passion, he took bread and,
giving thanks broke it and gave it to his
disciples saying, “Take this, all of
you, and eat of it “for this is my body which
will be given up for you.” In a similar way,
when supper was ended he took the chalice and,
once more giving thanks, he gave it to his
disciples saying, “Take this, all of
you, and drink from it “for this is the
chalice of my blood, “the blood of the new
and eternal covenant “which will be poured
out for you and for many “for the forgiveness of sins. “Do this in memory of me.” ♪ The mystery of faith ♪ (gentle music) ♪ When we eat this bread
and drink this cup ♪ ♪ We proclaim your
death, O Lord ♪ ♪ Until you come again ♪ – Therefore, as we
celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life and the chalice of salvation giving thanks that you
have held us worthy to be in your presence
and minister to you. Humbly we pray that
partaking of the body and blood of Christ
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church
spread throughout the world and bring her to the
fullness of charity together with Francis, our pope, George Leo, our
bishop, all the clergy, and all your people. Remember also our
brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in
the hope of the resurrection and all who have
died in your mercy. Welcome them into the
light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed
virgin Mary, mother of God, with Joseph, her loving husband, with the blessed
apostles, the martyrs, and all the saints who have
pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be
co-heirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ. ♪ Through him and
with him and in him ♪ ♪ O God, Almighty Father ♪ ♪ In the unity of
the Holy Spirit ♪ ♪ All glory and honor is yours ♪ ♪ Forever and ever ♪ (gentle music) ♪ Amen, Amen ♪ ♪ Amen, Amen ♪ ♪ Amen, Amen ♪ ♪ Amen, Amen ♪ – At the Savior’s command,
informed by divine teaching, we dare to pray. – [All] Our Father
who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy
will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. – Deliver us, Lord we
pray, from every evil. Graciously grant
peace on our days that by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our
Savior Jesus Christ. – [Congregation] For the
kingdom and the power and the glory are
yours now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ, who
said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you,
my peace I give you,” look not on our sins but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance
with your will who live and reign
forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The peace of the Lord
be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us offer each
other the sign of peace. (chattering) – Lamb of God, you take
away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world. Grant us peace. – Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away
the sins of the world. Blessed are those called
to the supper of the Lamb. – [All] Lord, I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. (gentle music) ♪ Shepherd me, O God ♪ ♪ Beyond my wants ♪ ♪ Beyond my fears ♪ ♪ From death into life ♪ ♪ God is my shepherd ♪ ♪ So nothing shall I want ♪ ♪ I rest in the meadows
of faithfulness and love ♪ ♪ I walk by the quiet
waters of peace ♪ ♪ Shepherd me, O God ♪ ♪ Beyond my wants ♪ ♪ Beyond my fears ♪ ♪ From death into life ♪ ♪ Gently raise me and
heal my weary soul ♪ ♪ You lead me by pathways
of righteousness and truth ♪ ♪ My spirit shall sing
the music of your name ♪ ♪ Shepherd me, O God ♪ ♪ Beyond my wants ♪ ♪ Beyond my fears ♪ ♪ From death into life ♪ (gentle music) – Let us pray. Grant that your
faithful, O Lord, whom you nourish
and endow with life through the fruit of your word and heavenly sacrament
may so benefit from your beloved
Son’s great gifts that we may merit an
eternal share in his life who lives and reigns
forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May our loving God bless you, the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – Go in peace, glorifying
the Lord by your life. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (pleasant music) ♪ Sing with all the
saints in glory ♪ ♪ Sing the resurrection song ♪ ♪ Death and sorrow,
earth’s dark story ♪ ♪ To the former days belong ♪ ♪ All around the
clouds are breaking ♪ ♪ Soon the storms of
time shall cease ♪ ♪ In God’s likeness we awaken ♪ ♪ Knowing everlasting peace ♪ ♪ Shepherd me, O God ♪ ♪ Beyond my wants ♪ ♪ Beyond my fears ♪ ♪ From death into life ♪ (gentle music)

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