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The liturgical calendar 2020

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1. God Is Pro-Life

2. Life Is Victorious

 

Greeting (see second reading)

We are gathered in the name of Jesus:
he was rich but became poor for our sake
to make us rich out of his poverty.
He brought us life and healing.
May his life and grace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

 

Introduction by the Celebrant

1.   God Is Pro-Life

      Two great enemies in life are death and illness. Almost every one of us is scared of them. Are we convinced that God too is pro-life, that he is an enemy of death? Even the Old Testament assures us: “Death is not of God’s making.” Jesus’ resurrection is the sign that death has been overcome in its roots. It is the gate to life. In this Eucharist we express our faith that we believe in Jesus as the Lord of life.

 

2.   Life Is Victorious

      Almost everyone fears death and has a hard time to deal with it in faith. Life is a beautiful gift from God but it is brittle; sickness is a normal share of it and death comes as an inescapable reality. How can we reconcile this with faith in a God who has made us for life? We do not always see clearly, but we know at least this: since Christ rose from the dead, death has been overcome; it is not the end. We ask Jesus here in the Eucharist to touch us with his power of life.

 

Penitential Act

Let us now seek the Lord’s forgiveness
for the illness and death of sin
which we have brought at times on ourselves.
                        (pause)
Lord Jesus, when you died for us
you defeated death once and for all
by rising from the dead:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you are the giver of life:
you restored the sick to health
and raised up the dead:
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the defender of life:
you healed those wounded by sin
and gave them back their hope and trust:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

May the Lord who overcame sin
take all our sins away
and restore us to the fullness of life.
May he lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

Let us pray to our God of the living
                        (pause)
Father of all that breathes and lives,
your Son Jesus Christ touched people
and they were healed and they lived.
Let him take us by the hand
and raise us up from sin and discouragement.
Let him touch us with his body and blood
and make us fresh and new again
to live his life and to go his way to you.
Let him touch us with the warmth of his love
that our love may revive others,
especially the poor and those who suffer.
All this we ask through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

First Reading: The God of Life Made Us Imperishably

      God made us for life; it was sin that brought death into the world. But Christ will make life triumph over death.

Reading 1: WIS 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

 

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

 

Second Reading: Sharing and Solidarity in the Church

      Local churches that are better off should help the poorer ones, just as Christ made himself poor to make us rich. 

Reading 2: 2 COR 8:7, 9, 13-15

Brothers and sisters:
As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse,
knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you,
may you excel in this gracious act also.

For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor, 
so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,
but that as a matter of equality
your abundance at the present time should supply their needs,
so that their abundance may also supply your needs,
that there may be equality.
As it is written:
Whoever had much did not have more,
and whoever had little did not have less
.

 

Alleluia: CF. 2 TM 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel: Jesus Has the Power to Give Life

      The power of resurrection is at work in Jesus: he restores the sick to fuller life, he brings the dead back to life.

Gospel: MK 5:21-43 OR 5:21-24, 35B-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
"My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live."
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured."
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who has touched my clothes?"
But his disciples said to Jesus,
"You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, 'Who touched me?'"
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction."

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said,
"Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?" 
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
"Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
"Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum,"
which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

or

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. 
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
"My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live."
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official's house arrived and said,
"Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?" 
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
"Do not be afraid; just have faith."
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
"Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep."
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child's father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum,"
which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!"
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

 

Intercessions

We believe in a God who created us for life. Let us trustingly bring before him all the pains and illnesses of the world and of God’s people, and let us say:

R/ God of life, hear our prayer.

–                   That the Church may continue with compassion Jesus’ healing ministry, that the sick may be comforted, the downtrodden set free, and the poor and the weak be protected, let us pray:

R/ God of life, hear our prayer.

–                   That in this world of hunger for food and spiritual values, affluent churches and nations may share generously with those who have less, let us pray:

R/ God of life, hear our prayer.

–                   That doctors and nurses and all others who care for the ill and the handicapped may have a great respect for life and be inspired in their task by the love of Christ, let us pray:

R/ God of life, hear our prayer.

–                   That the faith and the hope of the sick and the dying may be firmly anchored in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; that with him they may accept their pains with patience and when the time comes also accept death as the gateway to full life, let us pray:

R/ God of life, hear our prayer.

–                   That in our Christian communities we may be concerned about one another as the Lord is solicitous about us, and that we may enrich one another with every good gift of heart and mind, let us pray:

R/ God of life, hear our prayer.

God, to you we owe our existence; from you comes all that is good. Help us to overcome death and evil through Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord God, almighty Father,
accept the gifts we bring before you
and fill them with the power of your Holy Spirit,
that they may become for us
the bread of resurrection and life
of Jesus Christ your Son.
Through this sacrament change us
into people of joy and hope,
that together we may go the way of life
of Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer

In the Eucharistic prayer we express our belief that our life comes from the resurrection of Jesus our Lord. Let us thank and praise the Father with Jesus that he wants us to live for ever.

 

Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray to our heavenly Father
the prayer of Jesus, who became poor
to make us rich and give us his life: R/ Our Father...

 

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from the forces of evil
that cast a dark shadow on life:
from wars and hatred, from fear and violence,
and from the ultimate enemy, death.
Let the power of resurrection work in us,
that we may overcome sin
and go forward together with joy and hope
toward our permanent encounter
with him who overcame death,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. R/ For the kingdom...

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus the Lord,
the resurrection and the life.
Happy are we to be invited
to eat the bread that sustains us
and assures us of everlasting life. R/ Lord, I am not worthy...

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord God, almighty Father,
you have given us here
the body and blood of your Son
as a source of life-giving power.
Do not allow us to leave it idle
but help us to use it as a force
to uplift the people around us
and to build together a world
of reconciliation, compassion and justice.
May thus the risen life of Jesus
work among us already now,
until you raise us up on the last day
through Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

Blessing

We have broken bread with the Lord
and we remember his words:
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood
have everlasting life
and I will raise them up on the last day.
God wants us to live
and Jesus nourishes this life
with the food of his own body.
Ah, we are the living!
Let us live this life to the full
and may almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.

 

Go in the peace of the Lord and bring his peace

and healing to one another. R/ Thanks be to God.

 

Commentary

Life

Today's gospel passage narrates two healings performed by Jesus: the one of the woman who touched his garment and was healed, and then the resuscitation of the daughter of
Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue of Capernaum. These two healings have in common
references to biblical images. It is about two women; therefore, the immediate reference is to life. In the book of Genesis, the man gave a name to his wife, he called her 'favá. He called her thus because she is the mother of all living.

What about these two women in the gospel passage? The first one has had blood-loss for
12 years; therefore, she is impure; she cannot generate life. The young daughter of Jairus is of marriageable age at 12. But in her, life is interrupted, she dies.

These two women represent Israel. The first one refers to Israel being the bride of the Lord,
who abandoned her husband, became impure. She cannot generate life. Only when this wife finds Christ will she be cured of her illness, she will be able to be fertile again.

The daughter of Jairus also refers to Israel. We know that Israel is the bride of the Lord but if she is not taken by the hand of her husband, if the bridegroom does not raise her up, she remains dead. This young woman is of marriageable age, of being able to generate life but, now she is dead.

Let's keep in mind that these are two women who have no name; they represent the condition of each one of us who is called to build life. In the Bible blood indicates life. To lose blood means to lose life. From the moment we are born, every moment that passes is a loss of life. try to hold on to it a little longer; we run to doctors, but still, life is gone. And all the attempts of humanity, with all its capacity, cannot end this loss of life.

People are willing to give all their money not to lose their lives, but as Psalm 49 says, 'No
matter how much you pay, it will never be enough to redeem your life and live forever.'
This woman has heard of one who can stop the loss of life; she believes in him and says to herself: 'If I succeed, even if only to touch his mantle, I will be saved.” She does not say 'healed' but 'saved.' Salvation means no more loss of life.

In the Eucharist, we have the opportunity to touch him and in the lives of all the people around us we have the opportunity to touch the image of God. To be saved, all we need to do is to touch Him in the sacraments, in the Word of God and in the lives of people around us.

 

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