October 18, 2020 • 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Just Before You Begin


Opening Song


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.




Reader 1: In today’s reading, Jesus gives a clever answer to a trick question. 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: The Pharisees got together and planned how they could trick Jesus into saying something wrong.
They sent some of their followers and some of Herod’s followers to say to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are honest.
You teach the truth about what God wants people to do.
And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.
Tell us what you think! Should we pay taxes to the Emperor or not?”
Jesus knew their evil thoughts and said,
“Why are you trying to test me? You show-offs!
Let me see one of the coins used for paying taxes.”
They brought him a silver coin, and he asked,
“Whose picture and name are on it?”
“The Emperor’s,” they answered. Then Jesus told them,
“Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God.”

Reader 1: The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion,
for you do not regard a person's status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?"
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
"Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax."
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"
They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them,
"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God."

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. In today’s Gospel, some people who normally hated each other—the Pharisees and the Herodians (people who were faithful to King Herod)—teamed up to try to trick Jesus into saying something wrong. They worked together because they hated Jesus even more than they hated each other. They were willing to do anything they could to get him in trouble. Have you ever noticed that happening where some people worked together to do something bad or hurtful? What could you do if you notice that happening in the future?
  2. Jesus knows he’s being trapped because if he says they should pay taxes to Caesar, then the Pharisees won’t like it but if he says they shouldn’t pay the taxes then Herod’s followers won’t like it. It’s like he can’t win. But he surprises them with his answer. What did he say? What do you think that means?
  3. Think of everything you’ve been given: food, a place to live, clothes, medicine when you need it, and even gifts like your family and friends, your talents, and your chance for education. Where do they come from and who do they belong to? What do you think Jesus wants you to do with these things?

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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