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October 25, 2020 • 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

TEASER

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 learn how to better love those around us.
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 love.
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 show us how to put the needs of others before our own:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you gift us so we can make the world a better place:
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 helps us focus on what is most important. 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: After Jesus had made the Sadducees look foolish, the Pharisees heard about it and got together.
One of them was an expert in the Jewish Law. So he tried to test Jesus by asking,
“Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”
Jesus answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
This is the first and most important commandment.
The second most important commandment is like this one.
And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”
All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.

Reader 1: When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflections

Reflections on the Readings

  1. Maybe you wonder how you can love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind. Does that mean you should be praying and thinking about God every minute you are awake? That seems impossible! But when we love the good things in life (yummy food, a fantastic book, getting a hug from our favorite person, or using our wonderfully made body to play soccer or jump on a trampoline) we are loving God, because God is all goodness. How can you love God even more this week by appreciating, loving, and being thankful for something that is good in your life?
  2. Do you know that you have “near" and “far” neighbors? You do! You know some of your neighbors because they live near you. But you also have neighbors that live across town, in another part of the country, or halfway around the world. In another place in the Gospels, Jesus tells his listeners that we are all neighbors to each other, even if we don’t know one another. Name some of your "near" neighbors. (Ex: family members, next-door neighbors, classmates, teammates, etc). Now list some people you don’t know who are your "far" neighbors. (Ex: another child just like you who is in the hospital because he/she got badly hurt, a family in another part of the country who voted for someone different than your parents voted for, a refugee family from another country who can’t find a safe new place to live and work.)
  3. Which neighbors are the easiest ones for you to love, to be nice to, or to do good things for? Which neighbors are harder to love? Decide on at least one thing each of you can commit to doing this week to be loving to a neighbor whom it’s harder to love. Please share you commitment out loud. Together as a family check in with each other throughout the week to share what you have done.

General Intercessions

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

Reader 2: We pray for all those who are lonely during this time,
that they may be able to still feel a sense of community and God's embrace,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for those without enough money for food, shelter, or medical care,
that the community can ensure that everyone in need is cared for,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for the Church, that we may continue to be God's love and presence in the world,
even when we are unable to gather physically in our parishes,
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

Gathered here, we see we are one family.
Love is what we need.
Gathered here, we see we are one family.
Love is what we need.

All who dwell in God dwell in love,
and love will set us free.
So let our mission be to live so all will see
his love in us.

In everyone we meet, the greatest and the least,
love is what we need.
In everyone we meet, the greatest and the least,
love is what we need.

So now we join in faith to share our hope in grace
that in the darkest night love is our saving light.

© 2015, Steve Angrisano. Published by Spirit & Song®, a division of OCP. All rights reserved.

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