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October 11, 2020 • 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to listen to God's Word so it can lead us this week.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God's Mercy

Leader: As we prepare to hear a story from our faith,
let us remember that God is merciful and wants us to be merciful too.
Lord Jesus, you know that we are not perfect like you and don't always act out of love:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you showed us that the last shall be first and the first shall be last:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you give us the strength we need to make good choices:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of Love,
you stand for justice
and are always on the side of the weak.
May we work toward a better world,
seeking what is best for all,
not just our friends or people who look like us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today’s reading, Jesus tells another story, this time about a party. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew.

Reader 1: Once again Jesus used stories to teach the people: The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son.
The king sent some servants to tell the invited guests to come to the banquet, but the guests refused.
He sent other servants to say to the guests,
“The banquet is ready! My cattle and prize calves have all been prepared.
Everything is ready. Come to the banquet!”
But the guests did not pay any attention.
Some of them left for their farms, and some went to their places of business.
Others grabbed the servants, then beat them up and killed them.
This made the king so furious that he sent an army to kill those murderers and burn down their city.
Then he said to the servants,
“It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don’t deserve to come.
Go out to the street corners and tell everyone you meet to come to the banquet.”
They went out on the streets and brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike.
And the banquet room was filled with guests.

Reader 1: Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast."’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests."

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Retelling

Reflections on the Readings

  1. What do you think of this story? What do you think Jesus was trying to teach? (Adults: There are no right or wrong answers here. Let this be a time for musing aloud what the point of the story is.)
  2. Many people think Jesus was equating the invited guests who didn’t come to the banquet to the people in his day who didn’t accept his teachings and healings. Instead of celebrating all the good things Jesus was doing, like healing the sick, taking care of the poor, and welcoming those who others excluded, they kept trying to find fault with what he was doing. Can you think of any examples of people doing good/doing the right thing, but others finding fault with them?
  3. This parable is another reminder from Jesus that the Kingdom of God is open to everyone. Every single person is invited, good or bad, no matter what their race, age, religion, abilities, or the bad things they might have done in life. Who can you think of who is sometimes excluded or not invited to be a part of groups or events that Jesus might want you to reach out to welcome?

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: We pray for all the leaders in our nation, states, and local communities,
that they may lead with wisdom, justice, and love for all,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all of those affected by natural disasters,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who suffer in our country because of injustice and judgment
because of their skin color, their religion, or any other form of discrimination.
May we all work for justice because every single person is a child of God.
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

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