Friday, October 23, 2020

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community - Liturgy for October 24, 2020 - Presiders: Joan Meehan and Kathryn Shea, ARCWP


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Theme: Rebirthing the Universe, Darkness To Light


Welcome and Gathering


Presider 1:  Welcome to our Zoom liturgy at Mary Mother of Jesus, an inclusive Catholic Community, where all are welcome.  At these difficult times, it is now more important than ever to gather together to support one another as “companions on this journey”, a journey of the unknown.  For “wherever two or more of you are gathered in my Name, there is love.”


We invite you to pray the liturgy and respond where it says, ALL. All participants will be muted during the liturgy except for the presiders and readers. During the shared homily we ask you to unmute yourself to contribute your thoughts.  Please, when you are finished, re-mute yourself. Please have bread and wine/juice in front of you as we pray our Eucharistic prayer. 


Let us begin now with our gathering song: Holy Darkness by John Michael Talbot


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAeCzCDb9NQ&feature=share
 

 

Centering/Opening Prayer


Presider 2:  Oh Holy One, we are delighted to gather with you as we share this sacred space and as we celebrate our oneness in you.  We are living in a time of great darkness, but the darkness shall not overcome us.  It never has, and it never will.  However, experiencing the darkness is essential to coming and growing into the Light.  It is experiencing the death and resurrection.  


You gave us the most loving and reassuring of messages when you said, “You are the light of the world.”  We envision the day when our light, and the light of all inhabiting this planet, overcomes the darkness and we more fully experience the kin-dom of God on Earth.  We live with the comfort of knowing you are with us as we walk each day in conscious awareness of our responsibility to be the light we wish to see in the world.  And to this, we say, AMEN.


Communal Reconciliation Rite


Mary AL: We pause now to remember the times we have let false messages about our unworthiness cloud our vision of the infinite depth of love within us.  Now, imagine the imperfections, chaos and messes of your life illuminated by a love within you that is healing and transforming you as you evolve and grow in awareness of your divinity and humanity.

(Pause briefly. Then extend arm over your heart)


All: I love you, I forgive you, I am sorry, I thank you.


Liturgy of the Word


(Kevin) First Reading - "Something sacred is coming this way.” by The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Choctaw


“Something sacred is coming this way.  That is how my ancestors would have said it. In the midst of all this turmoil and confusion, when we cannot clearly see the path before us, when we feel trapped in a situation we cannot control, then I believe the wise elders of my holy heritage would climb to the high place of the heart, draw the circle of reason and faith around them, and stand to sing their prayers into the open sky of the history to come.  


They would not shrink into a corner afraid, but rise up to catch the first light of what was coming into being all around them.


We are living in a time of emergence.

We are the witnesses to a great renewal.

The world is full of the fear of birth and change, but that transformation will one day be our blessing.

Do not be afraid, but be believing.

Come to the place where the ancestors are already standing.

Come and see.

Something sacred is coming this way."


And these are the inspired work of The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston and we respond by saying, AMEN. 


Responsorial: Surrender by Jan Novotka

https://youtu.be/vyz1NPztAlg



(Judy) Second Reading – Our second Reading is from Albert Camus, French-Algerian philosopher, author, and journalist


"In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. 


In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.


In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.


I realized, through it all, that…


In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.


And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back."


These are the inspired works of Albert Camus, and we respond by saying, AMEN


Alleluia

https://youtu.be/IC4nbwmQDVw



Presider 1:  (Joan Meehan) Reading from the Gospel of John (1:1-13) (The Message by Eugene H. Peterson)

 

The Word was first, the Word present to God,

The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.

 

Everything was created through the Holy One; nothing –not one thing! Came into being without the One Who Is.  

 

What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by.

The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness could not put it out.

 

There once was a man, his name was John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light.  He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in.  John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.

 

These are the inspired words of John and we respond by saying, AMEN.


Alleluia

https://youtu.be/IC4nbwmQDVw



Homily Starter: Kathryn 


So, I have been experiencing a time of darkness in my life lately, which is not usual for me.  I really don’t like the darkness.  I find it frightening.  I know it is related to the longevity of COVID and the “not knowing” how much longer we have to live like this and news that the next four to six months could be much worse.  We’re facing a critical election, where our very lives, and the future of our country, as we know it, is in the balance.  And then, there’s the hatred and racism destroying close relationships and dividing our country. And, I’m personally dealing with a major transition in my life.  It is definitely a time of transformation and change.  I recall the Chinese word for “change” means loss plus opportunity.  

I began having dreams about four weeks ago of swirling in a cloud of darkness.  It was so dark and I could not find a way out.  With each dream, I fought harder.  I struggled and panicked and awoke screaming.  Have you ever awakened from a scary dream and been too afraid to try to fall back asleep?  Well, that was me that night.  I put on my headphones and listened to music and the song, “I Heard an Owl” started playing and I immediately knew I would be okay.

The next night, I had the same repetitive dream, only this time, when I began to fight the darkness and kick and scream to find a way out, I heard the word, “surrender”.  And in my dream, I thought, “Hell to the NO!  I’m not surrendering to the darkness!”  But, I kept hearing “surrender” and finally, I began to let go; to surrender to the darkness.  A feeling of peace came over me, and my body and mind and soul stopped fighting the darkness.    

Light streams began to swirl within the darkness and the more I surrendered, the more the light swirls increased.  

It’s not really that hard to analyze this dream.  You don’t even need to be a mental health professional.  What is hard, is to understand what this dream means for me personally and what I need to learn from these dreams.  What is the gift these dreams hold?

One of the things I have since realized, and not for the first time in my life, is how we humans dwell in dualistic minds.  It’s either rich or poor, young or old, Republican or Democrat, black or white. It is rarely either/or.  It’s almost always somewhere in between.  

I have come to the realization that in all darkness, there is light.  But, also in all light, there is darkness.  It is not possible for my soul to be filled with pure light, until all souls are filled with pure light.  

So, I’ve come back full circle.  We are here to be light bearers and light warriors.  We are here to bring others living in darkness into the light.  We are standing right where we belong.


Questions for consideration:  How did today’s readings speak to you?  Do you ever feel overcome by the darkness and if so, how do you resolve to live with it.    

Community Sharing: What spoke to you in our readings or homily starter today?


Communal Statement of Faith


Anna and All:  We believe in one God, a divine mystery beyond all definition and rational understanding, the heart of all that has ever existed, that exists now, or that ever will exist. 

We believe in Jesus, messenger of God's Word, bringer of God's healing, heart of God's compassion, bright star in the firmament of God's prophets, mystics, and saints. 

We believe that we are called to follow Jesus as a vehicle of God's love, a source of God's wisdom and truth, and an instrument of God's peace in the world.

We believe that God's kin-dom is here and now, stretched out all around us for those with eyes to see it, hearts to receive it, and hands to make it happen.


Prayers of and for the Community


Lee:  We now remember all those who need our prayers. Our response is:

All: We remember and we pray.


For all those suffering from COVID and all families who have lost a member due to the pandemic. All: We remember and we pray.


For all those suffering the loss of family members due to systemic, institutional racism. All: We remember and we pray.


We pray for our MMOJ community, especially for Bridget Mary, Diane, and Sally  who continue their medical treatments.

For what else should we pray?


Lee: We remember these and all unspoken intentions.

All: Amen.



Preparation of The Gifts


Presider 1:  Blessed are You, Holy One, through Your divine providence we have this bread, to share, the Bread of Life. 


All: Blessed are You, Holy One, forever.  


Presider 2:  Blessed are You, O Loving One through Your divine providence we have this wine to share, our spiritual drink. 


All: Blessed are, You, Holy One, forever.


Presider 1:  Nurturing One, we are united in this sacrament by the love of Christ, whose presence we are as we proclaim the liberating power of your Spirit, in our humanity and divinity, calling us to build the unity in a more compassionate and just world.  All:  Amen.


Eucharistic Prayer


Michael - Your Spirit, who raised Jesus from the dead, is rising up in all who work for humanity’s healing and well-being especially now during this COVID pandemic and time of systemic racism. With thankful hearts, in the company of all holy women and men, your liberating Spirit rises up within us, works through us and we sing:


All:  Holy, Holy, Holy (adapted from Holy, Holy, Holy by Karen Drucker)


https://youtu.be/orKBBIj5LZA



We are Holy, Holy, Holy…3x , You are Holy, Holy, Holy, I am Holy, Holy, Holy, We are Holy, Holy, Holy


Jack : O Heart of Love, Your Spirit moves through us and fills us with light and we remember Jesus taught us we live in continuous communion with you.  Your Spirit moves through our humanity and our divinity. Your Spirit moves through the love within us, expanding in widening circles to embrace all people and creation in our rebirthing and healing universe.


Please extend Your hands in blessing.


Jack and All: You Pour out Your Spirit anew upon this bread and wine and upon us as we become more deeply the Christ Presence in our world.


Jack and All: On the night before he died, Jesus came to the table with his family and the women and men he loved. Jesus took bread blessed and broke it, saying,

“Take, eat, this is my body. Do this in memory of me.”  (pause)


Ann and All : After supper, Jesus poured a cup of wine and shared it with his friends, saying,

“This is the cup of the covenant of my love.

As often as You drink of it, remember me.”


Presider 2:  Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died in all those who have passed away from the Coronavirus and from police brutality.

Christ is rising in all those suffering from anxiety and despair over the state of our world and for those searching for a vaccine, treatments and dismantling institutional racism and sexism.

Christ comes each day in our ministry, prayers and actions for a renewed world with justice and equality for all.


Presider 1:  Holy One, we remember and we are grateful for the companions who have gone before us, all holy women and men who are rising up in loving service to heal our world.  We are grateful for our brother, Jesus, and we follow him…


(Presiders lift bread and wine)


For it is through learning to live as he lived,

And why he lived,

And for whom he lived,

That we awaken to your Spirit within,

Moving us to worship you truly,

At this time and all time and in all ways.


Sung Amen

https://youtu.be/Dy76fpfkNsg



The Prayer of Jesus



Joan Pesce and All: Let us pray as Jesus taught us. 


All:  O Holy One, who is within, around and among us,

We celebrate your many names.

Your Wisdom come.

Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us,

Each day you give us all we need;

You remind us of our limits, and we let go.

You support us in our power, and we act with courage.

For you are the dwelling place within us,

the empowerment around us,

and the celebration among us, now and forever.  Amen  (Miriam Therese Winter)  


Sign of Peace


Presider 1:  Jesus said to his disciples, “My peace I leave You.  My peace I give You.”  Our peace song is, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. 


Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, performed by Linda Lee Miller


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC77O0fMuL0&feature=youtu.be



Communion


Presider 2: Please join in praying the Litany for the Breaking of the Bread


All: Holy One, You call us to speak truth to power; we will do so.

Holy One, You call us to live the Gospel of healing and justice; we will do so. Holy One, You call us to be Your presence in the world; we will do so.


Presider 1:  This is the bread of life and the cup of blessing. Blessed are we who are called to this table.  

All:  We are the Body and Blood of Christ for the world.                         


Please receive/share Eucharist now.



Communion Meditation: I Heard An Owl by Carrie Newcomer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyVKHL5_fPM&feature=share



Thanksgiving/Introductions/Announcements: Please unmute yourself if you would like to share and then re-mute yourself                       


Concluding Rite


Presider 1:   As we go forth to continue our ministries, we pray: Timeless One, Your eternal love wraps courage around us as we enter into your invitation to bring your Light into the world as we further our spiritual transformation. Your ageless presence draws us to you as we step forward, ready to embrace where you lead us. Your sustaining peace rests within our every heartbeat and accompanies us into the unknown future. We are forever grateful to live in your presence and your love.  Amen.


Presider 2: Please extend your hands as we pray our final blessing.


All: May God bless us with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.


May God bless us with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all people.


May God bless us with the gift of tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.


May God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we really can make a difference in this world, so that we are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.


Let it be so! Amen!


Closing Song: 


Lean In Toward the Light by Carrie Newcomer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxAUmNjWaIs&feature=share



Much gratitude to Mary Theresa Streck for her assistance in shortening the song, “Surrender”, and adding the lyrics and her own beautiful pictures! 

MMOJ - Songs for Liturgy - October 24, 2020

Gathering song: Holy Darkness by John Michael Talbot


Responsorial: Surrender by Jan Novotka



Alleluia


Alleluia

Holy Holy Holy


Sung Amen



Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, performed by Linda Lee Miller



Communion Meditation: I Heard An Owl by Carrie Newcomer


Closing Song: 


Lean In Toward the Light by Carrie Newcomer



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fratelli Tutti': Papal dreams or Vatican diversion? by Ilia Delio OSF

 https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/spirituality/column/fratelli-tutti-papal-dreams-or-vatican-diversion

Unsplash Matthew Waring


My Response: I agree with Ilia Delio's excellent analysis. Until the full equality of women, including priestly ministry in the institutional Church is  a reality, Pope Francis' words are meaningless. The Roman Catholic Church needs to transform its medieval theology, patriarchal structures, and heed the call to live with  a mystical heart and a prophetic spirit that changes its own unjust structures and addresses its failures with   with the wisdom  of contemporary theologies and actions in a evolving, inclusive, creative and chaotic world. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

"Without significant theological revisioning and without dismantling the patriarchy of the institutional church, the pope is speaking to a few close friends while the rest of the world lines up for the newest iPhone."


"How do we make sense of this in a church that does not regard women as equal? A church that will not allow the ordination of women or even the ability of women to preach? A church that insists on mandating the rights of a woman's body? A church that excludes LGBTQ persons from full acceptance and does not allow divorced and remarried persons to participate in the liturgy?

How does the pope tell the world what it needs to do when he spearheads an institution grounded in patriarchy, hierarchy and ontological differences?

Some of the best critical scholarship on racism today points to the Catholic Church as the very source of the problem of racism, early Christians distinguishing themselves from the Jews as the pure and saved ones. How does the pope seek to establish a world of equity when theological doctrine is rooted in a metaphysics of substance, where maleness is ontologically superior to femaleness and whiteness is salvific?

According to a recent Forbes article, the Vatican is hardly a model of fraternity; rather it is ensnared in power struggles, including ideological differences, financial abuse and an unresolved clerical pedophilia crisis that has redefined justice as reprimand or loss of job without criminal prosecution.

The Vatican is steeped in secrecy and clericalism and there seems to be no real efforts to clean out the cobwebs stifling the institution. While Francis laments the problems of the world, he does not acknowledge that, in many areas, including health care and education, global life has been improving. The overall poverty rate has decreased in the last 10 years and, while there is a long way to go to equilibrate a global standard of living, the efforts to do so are not entirely absent."


[Ilia Delio, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Washington, D.C., is the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. She is the author of 22 books, including Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology and Consciousness (Orbis Books 2015), and the general editor of the series Catholicity in an Evolving Universe.]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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