Saturday, August 3, 2019

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Liturgy: 18th Sunday of Extraordinary Aug. 3, 2019 Presiders Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP and Mary Kay Staudohar Music Minister- Mindy Lou Simmons

Presiders from Left to right- wearing stoles- Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP and Mary Kay Staudohar 

Welcome and Greeting
Presider 1: Welcome to Mary Mother of Jesus, an inclusive Catholic Community where everyone is welcome to participate in our Eucharistic Celebrations.  We use inclusive language in all our scripture readings and prayers. We also invite your respectful and related comments when we share the homily and, a little later in the liturgy, you will have an opportunity to share your own personal intentions in the Prayers of the Community. Everyone will be invited to gather around the altar table to take part in praying the Consecration and sharing Communion. Lastly, all will be invited to join us for supper at a local restaurant after the liturgy. 

Presider 2:  Today we are challenged to let go of excess, and not to make an idol of our possessions. Christ has dissolved all barriers between people, race, religion, and ethnicity. We are called to build communities of care and justice where everyone has enough and where Christ is everything in all.

Opening Song: #415 All Are Welcome, vs. 1,3,4

Opening Prayer:
ALL: We dream of a world without consumerism, unbridled consumption and greed. We commit ourselves to develop communities in which no one will be without adequate food, clothing, shelter and housing.

Rite of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Presider 1: Let us pause now to pray with one another for forgiveness for the times we failed to share our resources, time and talents with those in need. Let us pray for a spirit of generosity in our giving, and a new awareness of our responsibility to work for distributive justice so that everyone will have adequate food, shelter and employment as a basic human right.

All Sing: Ubi Caritas, et amor, ubi caritas, deus ibi est. #482 3 times (Sing 3 times refrain only -Taize)

ALL: Glory to God, glory, o praise God, alleluia, Glory to God, glory, o praise the name of our God (sung 3 times)

Liturgy of the Word
First Reading:  A Rich Fool
It is when one rests securely in the arms of the Provider that one is then able to embrace each person as brother and sister, equal heirs to the same promise. Competition and hoarding dissolve as cooperation and equal distribution become realities. Entering into such a stance in this world inaugurates its full expression in the life beyond. The (second) reading from Colossians assures Christians that this power is already given them through the risen Christ.  Believers have already died with Christ and are formed anew in the image of the Creator. Christ has dissolved all divisions between peoples- boundaries of ethnicity, religion and status- so that Christ is everything in all.
These are the inspired words of Barbara Reid, author of Parables for Preachers, p. 143.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 90
(Adapted from Nan Merrill’s rendition)
Response: Awaken us, Holy One, to your Light within us.

You gather those who love You as friends returning from a long journey, giving rest to their souls.
You anoint them with the balm of understanding, healing wounds of the past.

Response: Awaken us, Holy One, to your Light within us.

Who has lived with integrity? Who will reflect the Light? Who can bear the radiant beams of love?
Who has reverenced the Counselor, and opened their hearts to the Spirit of Truth?
Teach us, O Beloved, to honor each day that we may a heart of wisdom.

Response: Awaken us, Holy One, to your Light within us.

Let your love be known to the nations.
Your Glory to our children’s children.
Let the grace and gentleness of the Holy Spirit be upon us guiding our feet upon the path of Love Consciousness as You Increase the Light within us, O Beloved.
Response: Awaken us, Holy One, to your Light within us.

Second Reading: Colossians, 3: 1-5, 9-11

Since you have been brought back to true life in company with Christ, set your heart on what pertains to higher realms, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things that are on the earth. After all, you have died, and now your life is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ who is your life, is revealed, you too will be revealed in all your glory with Christ.
Put to death everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed which is the same thing as worshiping a false god. What you have done is put aside your old self with its  past deeds and put on a new self, one that grows in knowledge as it is formed anew in the image of its Creator; and in that  image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between  the circumcised and uncircumcised, or between foreigner and Scythian, slave and free. There is only Christ, who is everything in all of you.
These are the inspired words of Paul, apostle to the Gentiles.

Eightfold Alleluia (Charismatic)

Gospel:  Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to give me y share of our inheritance.“ Jesus replied, “Friend, who has set me up as your judge or arbiter? Then he said to the crowd, “Avoid greed in all its forms, for your life is not made more secure by what you own even when you have more than you need.”
Jesus then told them a parable in these words: “There was  rich farmer who had a good harvest. “What will I do?’ the farmer mused. “I have no place to store my harvest. I know! I will pull down my grain bins and build larger ones. All of my grain bins and goods will go there. Then I’ll say to myself: You have blessings in reserve for many years to come. Relax! Eat, drink, and be merry!”  But God, said to the farmer, “You fool! This very night your life will be required of you.  To whom will all this piled up wealth of yours go? This is the way it works with people who accumulate riches for themselves but are not rich in God.”
These are the inspired words of Luke, follower of Jesus.

Homily Starter: Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

I dislike house cleaning and have always looked for shortcuts to get the job done quickly and efficiently. A long time ago when I was a postulant, I decided to help Barbara, my fellow postulant, to clean the baseboards in the basement of the IHM Motherhouse. On that day I spotted a little wagon –which I “borrowed”- to pull Barbara in. Off we went merrily down the hall- laughing and chatting quietly even though we were supposed to be silent. Suddenly, out of nowhere, our postulant director, Sister Sacre Coeur, appeared. We were in big trouble! Needless to say, she was not impressed with our collaborative little innovation. So I was assigned to clean toilets.

In October, my band of sisters will celebrate 50 years since we made our profession of vows in 1969 at Villa Maria. The spiritual bonds of caring- the lasting values- that we experienced in our community long ago continues to connect us to one another today. We learned the basics about simple living and sharing with our sisters at the heart of Jesus’ vision in Nunhood 101!

In the Gospel parable, Jesus focuses on the life lesson that everything we have is on loan and that greed, overconsumption and self-centeredness will destroy us. The rich man in the story only thinks of himself, “my barns, my grain, my harvest.”

Barbara Reid writes in her excellent commentary:
“First -century Palestinians did not operate within a system of capitalism. There was no expectation that all could keep getting richer...Hoarding for them was a clear sign of greed, the vice most destructive to community life. The parable cuts two ways: to those who are blessed with abundance hard questions are posed about legitimate use, greediness and just distribution of resources for the common good. To those on the underside of privilege, there is encouragement to take action to unmask vicious greed and to engage in efforts to bring about economic justice.”  (Abiding Word, pp. 91-2)

 In our world today we know that climate change and economic inequality are one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The World Bank reports that the poorest are often the most vulnerable and least prepared to cope with the effects of climate change, regardless of national borders. Droughts, floods, and superstorms are happening every day. Women, especially those in rural communities, are most vulnerable, since they often depend on agriculture and have few other opportunities to make a living. 
 So, my sisters and brothers, I now invite you to share your thoughts. and experiences on living the Gospel today.  

Community Sharing:
How do we deal with excess, overconsumption and hoarding?  Your ideas on how we can bring about economic justice?

Statement of Faith 
We believe in the Holy One, a divine mystery 
beyond all definition and rational understanding, in whose infinite love all creation exists and evolves.

We believe in Jesus, messenger of the Divine Presence,
bringer of healing, heart of Divine compassion, 
bright star in the firmament of the Holy One's 
prophets, mystics, and saints. 
We believe that we are called to follow Jesus 
as a reflection of divine compassion and healing
a source of wisdom and truth, 
and an instrument of peace and healing in the world. 
We believe in the Spirit of the Holy One, 
the life that is our innermost life, 
the breath moving in our being, 
the depth living in each of us. 
We believe that the Divine 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. 

General Intercessions:
Presider 1: As we prepare for the sacred meal, we pray for the needs of the people of God in our community and around the world.
Our response is: I bring to the Table…
Please share your spontaneous prayers.
Presider 2: We give thanks for all  our intentions whom we held in the circle of grace and will continue to pray for and use our talents to serve our sisters and brothers with joyful hearts in the coming weeks. Amen.

(Lifting up the Bread and Wine)
Presider1: Blessed are you, God of Creation. Through your goodness we have this bread, this grain of the earth, that human hands have prepared.  It will become for us the bread of life. All Blessed be God forever.

Presider 2: Blessed are you, God of Creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine. It will become our spiritual drink. All Blessed be God forever.

(All are welcome to join us around the table)

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Presider 1: God is with you.
ALL: And also with you. 
Presider 2: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them up.

All: : O God of open tables, we pledge ourselves to build communities of care and justice that promote equitable distribution. We remember the angels and saints and all our loved ones who have gone before us. Joined with all creation, we lift up our hearts and sing:

We are holy, holy, holy by Karen Drucker 

Voice 1:   We thank you for Jesus, our brother, who called us to turn away from the idols of power and greed that create conflicts over stockpiling possessions. He lifted up the vulnerable, and revealed your abundant tenderness toward those who are sick and suffering, lonely and grieving, marginalized and excluded.

Voice 2: We celebrate our call to follow Jesus and to build communities of care and justice where everyone has enough and where all are one.

(Extend hands in blessing toward bread and wine for Invocation of the Holy Spirit)

All: Now, as we share the bread of life and lift the cup of joy, we pray come Holy Spirit deepen your Presence within us and in these gifts of bread and wine. 

All: On the night before he died, Jesus gathered with his friends, and washed their feet, so that they would follow his example.

Presider 1: (lifts bread as community prays the following:)

All: When he returned to his place at the table, he spoke the blessing, broke the bread and shared it with them saying: 
Take and eat of the Bread of Life 
Whenever you remember me like this  
I am among you. (pause) 

Presider 2  (lifts the cup as community prays the following: )
All: Jesus then raised a cup of blessing, spoke the grace saying: 
Take and drink of the covenant 
Made new again through my life in you. 
Whenever you remember me like this, 
I am among you. (pause)

All: Let us share this bread and cup, 
and live the gospel of social justice as we confront greed and struggle with economic inequities.

Voice 3: We are called to do everything Jesus did, to be the living presence of a love that does justice, of a compassion that heals and liberates, of a joy that generates laughter, of a light that illumines right choices and confronts the darkness of every injustice and inequity.

All: It is through the Spirit moving- in Jesus’ life and teaching, his loving and healing, and in our lives - that all honor and glory is yours, O Holy One, forever and ever.
All sing: Amen.

Presider 1: Let us pray as Jesus taught us:

All: Sing -Prayer of Jesus:-Our Father and Mother

Sign of Peace: Let us hold hands sing “Peace is flowing like a River” as we pray for peace and justice to spread through our world.

Prayer for the Breaking of Bread
Presider 2:  Please join in the prayer for the breaking of the bread:
(Presiders break the bread)
All:   O God of Courage, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice.  We will live justly.
O God of Compassion, You call us to be Your presence in the world.  We will love tenderly.
O God of Truth, You call us to speak truth to power.  We will walk with integrity in your presence.  

(Presiders hold up bread and wine)
Presider 1: "This is the bread of life and the cup of blessing. Through it we are nourished and we nourish each other. All are welcome to the Feast.
All: What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives; as we share communion, we will become communion, both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.

Meditation Song:  Mindy Lou Simmons

Prayers of Gratitude, Introductions and Announcements


Presider 2:  Let us raise our hands in blessing pray together:

All: May we live lives of generosity, sharing our time, treasure and talent with those in need. May we work for economic equity for all who have been victimized by vicious greed. May we walk with an awareness of our call to serve one another as the “hands and feet of Christ each day.  All: Amen.

Closing Song: # Who Will Speak? By Marty Haugen,
Who will speak?
Who will speak for the poor and the broken
Who will speak for the people oppressed
Who will speak so that voice will be heard
Oh, who will speak if you don’t
* Who will speak if you don’t
Who will speak if you don’t 
Who will speak so that voice will be heard
Oh, who will speak if you don’t
Who will speak for the ones who are voiceless
Speak the truth in the places of power
Who will speak so that voice will be heard
Oh, who will speak if you don’t

This liturgy was written by Bridget Mary Meehan. Special thanks to Barbara Reid for her scripture scholarship which has been incorporated into this Liturgy.)