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The liturgical calendar 2020

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Sunday, July 11

 

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

  1. Don’t Keep the Word to Yourself
  2. Let Your Life Speak God’s Word
  3. Speak in My Name: You Are a Prophet
  4. Chosen in Christ

 

 

Greeting (see Second Reading)

God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
has chosen us in Christ
to live in his presence
and with him to carry out his plan
of bringing everyone together under Christ.
May the Lord’s peace and grace
be always with you. R/ And also with you.

 

Introduction by the Celebrant

  1. Don’t Keep the Word To Yourself

A good test of how strong our faith is would be how much we want to share it with the people around us. We cannot keep for ourselves what is good and rich and beautiful. If the Gospel has shaped our lives and made it deep and precious for us, why not let it become Good News also to others? Not everyone is called to go out and preach it but just to let it speak for itself by the way we live it. Ask the Lord here in this Eucharist to help us live and spread his Good News.

 

  1. Let Your Life Speak God’s Word

Ordinary people like you and me went out into the world with the message of Jesus, with nothing else to offer than the Good News, and yet the Gospel spread far and wide. In the early centuries after Jesus’ coming most of the converts were won over by seeing how the Christians lived, how they worshipped God and loved and served one another. In that way they lived and preached the heart of the Gospel message. Is it perhaps this simplicity and directness which we need in our day? With the Lord Jesus among us, we ask him how best to make his Good News known.

 

  1. Speak in My Name: You Are a Prophet

Who of us dares to stand up and speak out on seeing something in society or the local community that is against the Gospel and genuine human values? To speak and spread the Good News is not always welcome to people. Even some faithful protest. It demands courage on the part of the messengers. For it will upset some of the leaders, and they will say you are meddling in politics when you are merely asking for justice or defending the voiceless poor. But speak we must, for it is God’s word he has entrusted to us. A prophet is literally one who speaks for God. We ask Jesus for courage.

 

  1. Chosen by God In Christ

It is not we who have chosen God, because we like him or because he conforms to our ideas about him or seems to answer our aspirations. It is he who has chosen us to become his sons and daughters. He has forgiven our sins and given us life through Jesus Christ. All is given us, all is grace. How rich we are! We are God’s people called to give him glory in the name of all the world and to bring the world to him. With Jesus we thank the Father for having chosen us in Christ.

 

Penitential Act

Our lives may have been far
from being Good News to others.
Let us ask the Lord to forgive us.
                        (pause)
Lord Jesus, in you we have been blessed
with all love and grace from heaven:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

Jesus Christ, in you we have been chosen
to be holy and spotless in God’s sight:
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, in you the Father chose us
to live through love in his presence:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.

Touch us with your healing hand, Lord,
and forgive us all our sins.
Make us free and rich in grace
and lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

  • God’s Word

Let us pray that we may share with all
the Good News of Jesus our Lord
                        (pause)
God of justice and mercy,
you have set us free from the evil of sin
by the life and death and rising again
of your living reflection and word,
your Son Jesus Christ.
Let his life and message inspire us
to voice his truth and bring his freedom
to everyone on this earth.
Give us no other assurance
than that we proclaim his Good News
and that our companion on the road is
your own Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

  • Chosen in Christ

Let us pray that we may live the life
of God’s sons and daughters
                        (pause)
Blessed are you, God our Father,
that you have chosen us in Christ
to be your sons and daughters,
set free by the blood of your Son.
Keep us free and make us live
a life that reflects the Good News
brought us by Jesus.
Make our spirit of love and service contagious,
that it may inspire people and attract them
to you, our living and loving God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. R/ Amen.

 

First Reading: The Lord Took Me and Sent Me

Amos has to speak God's uncomfortable message of conversion to a self-sufficient people which paid only lip-service to God and speak he does.

Reading 1: AM 7:12-15

 

Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos,
“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! 
There earn your bread by prophesying,
but never again prophesy in Bethel;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.” 
Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,
nor have I belonged to a company of prophets;
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. 
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me,
Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

 

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14

(8) Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R.Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
R.Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.

 

Second Reading: God Has Chosen Us in Christ

Paul thanks God for his plan of love. For God has chosen all people to be his children through the blood of Christ and has destined us to be his people and heirs of eternal happiness.

Reading: 2: EPH 1:3-14 OR 1:3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him. 
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. 
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ. 
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

or

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him. 
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of God’s grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we have redemption by his blood,
the forgiveness of transgressions,
in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. 
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us
the mystery of his will in accord with his favor
that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times,
to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

 

Alleluia: EPH 1:17-18

Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we may know what is the hope that
belongs to our call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Gospel: Sent to Heal and to Save

Jesus sends his apostles, and us, his disciples today, to liberate people from all powers of evil that make them less human and to heal them from all diseases, physical, spiritual and social.

Gospel: MK 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts. 
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic. 
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. 
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.” 
So they went off and preached repentance. 
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

 

Intercessions

We and all the members of our communities are called by the Lord to make the Good News known. Let us all pray with one another and for each other that we may respond to God’s call according to the grace he gives each of us. Let us say:

R/ Here we are, Lord, send us!

–   Lord, he was only a shepherd and a pruner of trees, but you called Amos and put your words in his mouth. Give us the courage to speak your word. And so we pray:

     R/ Here we are, Lord, send us!

–   Lord, they were only stammerers and timid people, but you called Moses and Jeremiah to speak out and lead. Make us voice your word without hesitation, even to people not well disposed to listen. And so we pray:

     R/ Here we are, Lord, send us!

–   Lord, they were only fishermen cleaning their nets, but you called your apostles to spread your Good News. Make us fearless to speak your word. And so we pray:

     R/ Here we are, Lord, send us!

–   Lord, he was only a tax collector behind his desk, but you called Matthew to heal people and to cast out devils. Wounded as we are, make us healers too. And so we pray:

      R/ Here we are, Lord, send us!

–   Lord, they are only teachers or parish priests or employees, but you call your people in our communities to tolerate no injustice, to defend the poor. Speak through them and through all of us for all that is right and good. And so we pray:

     R/ Here we are, Lord, send us!

God our Father, let the life and message of Jesus so inspire us that we become willing to voice his truth and bring his kind of freedom to everyone on this earth, that he may be the Lord of all now and for ever. R/ Amen.

 

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord our God,
we have nothing to rely upon
except your strength.
Give us your own Son Jesus
in these signs of bread and wine.
Help us to be to the world today
his message of hope and justice.
As he breaks the bread of himself for us,
may we bring food to the hungry
and love and truth to the satisfied,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord for ever. R/ Amen.

 

Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer

The Father has chosen us in Christ to be his daughters and sons and to carry out his plan with and through Christ. For all this we thank and praise him with Christ.

 

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

The Father has chosen us in Christ
to be his beloved children.
We call on him and thank him
in the words of Jesus himself: R/ Our Father...

 

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Keep us holy and spotless
and let us live through love in your presence,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Savior Jesus Christ. R/ For the kingdom...

 

Invitation to Communion

This is Christ the Lord,
who has brought us by his blood
the forgiveness of our sins
and the riches of his grace.
Happy are we to be invited
to the holy meal of his love. R/ Lord, I am not worthy...

 

Prayer after Communion

Lord our God,
you have given us yourself
in your Son Jesus Christ.
Do not allow us to be possessive
but make us realize
that your life and love are ours for good
insofar as we are willing to grow in them
and to share them with our neighbor.
Give us this conviction
and the strength to put it into practice,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

Blessing

God has entrusted to us his mission
of bringing the Good News of his Son
to a self-sufficient world,
ill-disposed to receive him.
We ourselves are often poor witnesses,
yet speak we must
by our words and our style of life.
May God himself be our strength
and may he bless you for this task:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.

 

Let us go and proclaim God’s Good News to all who are willing to listen. R/ Thanks be to God.

 

Commentary

Carry the Word
The wise man in chapter 30 of the book of Proverbs asks the Lord for two things: “I ask you not to give me poverty and not to give me riches; let me have my piece of bread. Because if you give me riches, I could say to the Lord I am no longer interested in you because I have all that I like. Do not give me poverty because, in poverty, I might steal or even curse.' These are the two things that the wise man asks for: neither riches nor poverty.

When we have the necessities of life, when we have your daily bread, the rest belongs to the brother and the sister. Always keep in mind that at the end of our lives, as we pass through the gates of heaven, all the riches that were accumulated, but which we failed to share with the brothers and sisters and, therefore, have not been transformed into love, will be appropriated, taken away from us.

St. Paul reminds us of our mission to help the weak by our hard labour as he recalls the words of Jesus, who said 'it is more blessed to give than to receive’.

Before sending out the disciples, Jesus gives instructions. First of all, he says what
they can take for the road. What can they carry with them? In the Gospel according to Mark, a walking stick is permitted while Matthew and Luke say not to carry it. Why? Walking stick according to Matthew and Luke, is the symbol of the weapon of the poor. Matthew had insisted on the nonviolence of the disciple. Remember, it was Matthew alone who mentioned about Jesus asking Peter to keep his sword away on the night when Jesus was betrayed and captured. According to Matthew, God’s kingdom is not built by violence.

Instead, in today's passage from Mark, the walking stick has a different meaning. It is a symbol of God’s Mission to perform wonders: God gave Moses the staff with which he divided the Red Sea and provided water flow from the rock. It symbolizes the power that God gives to the disciples to carry out an extraordinary mission. And this is the only power the power of God’s Word and the Spirit of Christ that we need to rely on.

We are all missionaries. On our journey, all our luggage is useless if we are not carrying the Word of God to bring God's love and his forgiveness to those who live without hope. Be a missionary and miracles will follow! You will heal the sick, save the people from the "demons" that oppress their lives.

 

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