Catholic TV Mass Online July 17, 2022: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Parish: Chaplain, Heart of the Nation
Choir: Thelen Family
TEXT FROM THE GOSPEL AND HOMILY
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke. Glory to you o Lord.
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving came to him and said, “Lord do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do all the serving? Tell her to help me.” the Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
I love this story because it really reminds me of Jesus who loved both Mary and Martha very much and here he is and he’s sharing something very important. He’s there not just for a meal. He’s there to share himself. With both Martha and Mary. But Martha she got waylaid and distracted by all the things that she had to do and you know something? That happens to us. Mary, instead, she was sitting there listening very intently. And you know something, I want to focus on listening and how important that is when we go to mass, but to prepare ourselves to go to mass but also in our private prayer. Yes, at mass sometimes we can be distracted by children or we can be distracted by a noise or someone coming in on the side of church and to really listen means to listen intently. To really try to push those distractions away and really focus on the readings that we are listening to. But also I want to bring in that private prayer as well. Do we make time to really quiet ourselves and listen to the Lord and what he is saying to us? Because quite honestly I found myself for a long time distracted. I’d sit down in my chair, I’d prepare myself to enter into prayer and all of a sudden I’d be thinking about, oh I have to prepare lunch and I have to run to the dry cleaners and I have all kinds of busyness that would fill my head. And my spiritual director said, Mary, if you want to do something that’s going to be important, bring a pad of paper and write down those things and then push them aside. And then focus on really listening and allowing yourselves to enter into that prayer time because listening is essential. Folks if we’re going to fill ourselves with all of the anxiety of what we have to do during the day, how in the world are we going to listen to the Lord who may have something important to tell us, in the morning or in midday or even in the evening. You see I know that there are plenty of distractions. I know families have all kinds of places to go with their children, things to do, grocery shopping, cleaning the house we can be distracted by many things. But do we make time to really listen in our prayer time? My challenge for all of us this Sunday is to really use Mary as our example of listening. Jesus was sharing something special about himself. Do we take time to prepare our hearts to enter into mass, to really try to avoid the distractions that come about during the mass and then do we take time in our own quiet prayer to really prepare ourselves to listen to the Lord. Distractions are going to come and go. There’s no way around it. But folks if we really try to work to eliminate those distractions and listen we will wind up with a wealth, a wealth of God’s knowledge in us and an ability to really listen to the Lord and allow the Lord to touch our hearts. Challenge yourself. What are your distractions? What do you allow to get in the way of even having your private prayer? And maybe we don’t make enough time for the Lord, but this Sunday let’s really focus on that. Let us stand and let us pray our creed.
Entrance: All Are Welcome
Text: Maryty Haugen, b.1950, © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.
Psalm 15: He Who Does Justice
Text: The Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010, Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain tr. © 1969, ICEL
Music: Michel Guimont, © 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.
Preparation: Let There Be Peace on Earth
Text: Jill Jackson, 1913-1995, © 1955, 1983, Jan-Lee Music
Communion: Gift of Finest Wheat
Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916-1998, © 1977, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Published by International Liturgy Publications
Sending Forth: Sing To The Mountains
Text: Psalm 118; Bob Dufford, SJ, b. 1943, © 1975, Robert J. Dufford, SJ, and OCP
Mass Setting: Mass of Joy and Peace
Text: ICEL, © 2010
Music: Mass of Joy and Peace, Tony E. Alonso, © 2010, GIA Publications, Inc.
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