Liturgy Alive 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Greeting (See 2 Cor 1:18-20)
The Son of God, Jesus Christ,
was never Yes-and-No.
His nature is all Yes.
Therefore it is through him
that we say our Yes to God.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Let Our Yes Be Yes
We admire parents and educators who are so patient with the young that when they make mistakes or refuse to take up their responsibilities, they give them the time to change their mind. That is what God is doing all the time with us. He patiently waits for us. He gives us new chances. Could we do the same with one another? Let us ask Jesus in this eucharist that with him we may always say Yes.
B. We Say At Times A Reluctant Yes
Quite often we feel within us the tension between what we know to be right
and our own interests and inclinations. We usually know what our faith demands
and yet we act against it or give only a reluctant Yes. Let us ask Jesus in this eucharist that we may always say Yes with him.
Too often we have gone our own ways
and done our will rather than God's.
Let us ask forgiveness from the Lord.
Lord Jesus, your Yes was a firm Yes
to the will of the Father,
even when it led you to suffering and the cross.
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, your word was reliable,
for you lived as you believed:
Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, we owe forgiveness and life
to your Yes to the Father:
Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Lord, forgive us our hesitations
and cowardice in living up to the gospel.
Help us to serve you with generous love
and lead us to everlasting live. R/ Amen.
Let us pray
that we may answer God's call
with love and faithfulness
you do not want sinners to die,
but to turn away from sin
and to do what is right,
so that they may live.
You know that we are weak and fragile.
Keep forgiving us,
give us the mentality of Jesus,
that with him we may say Yes to you
with the deep love of those who have been forgiven.
Make us, too, merciful to others.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.
Liturgy of the Word
First Reading Introduction: We are responsible for what we do
The prophet Ezekiel insists in the name of God on personal responsibility for the good or evil we do. God seeks to forgive us and wants us to live in his love.
Second Reading Introduction: Be self-effacing with Christ
We must have the same fundamental disposition as Christ our Lord, namely, to be humble and self-effacing before God and people.
Gospel Introduction: Which of these sons am I?
The self-righteous leaders of the people reject Jesus and condemn sinners. The sinners welcome Jesus and are converted. Who does the will of God? With whom do we identify?
Let us not think of our interests first but pray for the needs of our sisters and brothers here and everywhere in the world. Let us say: R/ Lord, let your word guide us.
- With the people of God, the Church in our day, that members and leaders may be guided by the mentality of Jesus Christ in serving God and people faithfully, we pray to the Lord: R/ Lord, let your word guide us.
- With those who refuse to live according to their faith and conscience, that they may find the way back to God we pray: R/ Lord, let your word guide us.
- With those who seek God's will in everyday life, that we may do so in all humility and with great love, aware of how fragile we all are, we pray: R/ Lord, let your word guide us.
- With those working in the mass media, that they may respect people and the truth and contribute to peace and understanding everywhere, we pray: R/ Lord, let your word guide us.
- With all those who have spoken their "I do" to God or to one another in marriage, that they may draw strength from the fidelity of Jesus and of the faithful love of good Christian families, we pray: R/ Lord, let your word guide us.
Lord our God, do not let us grow self-satisfied. Make each of us and our communities question whether we really seek your will or follow our own whims. Be our faithful and loving God now and for ever. R/ Amen.
Prayer over the Gifts
God our Father,
we bring before you
the sacrifice of Jesus your Son.
Let our offering express that we are willing
to enter into his dispositions
of total loyalty to your will.
Help us to say with him
an unconditional Yes to your life and love
and to forget ourselves
in the service of our brothers and sisters.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. R/ Amen.
Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer
Jesus was the obedient servant who committed himself totally to the will of the Father to bring us the Father's life and love, whatever the cost. With him we now offer ourselves.
Invitation to the Lord's Prayer
With his obedient servant Jesus Christ
we seek God's will and with him we pray
that we may not refuse to serve our Father well.
: R/ Our Father...
Deliver us, Lord, from the stranglehold
of sin and all evil.
Let your forgiveness come to us
as a liberation from our doubts and fears
and from our self-contented pride
at the expense of others.
Help us to seek your will in all we do
and to prepare for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
R/ For the kingdom..
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus Christ our Lord
who accepted death on the cross
while saying his Yes to the Father
to make us a free people.
Happy are we to receive him
as our glorious Lord.
R/ Lord, I am not worthy...
Prayer after Communion
God our Father,
as a friend at table,
your Son Jesus has broken for us
his bread of peace
and spoken to us your word of forgiveness.
Let him be our strength
as we go to you and one another
our plodding way of good mixed with evil.
Help us to encourage each other
and to grow together nearer to you,
our living God, who have lifted us up
through Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.
We have heard Jesus' disturbing statement
that notorious sinners may be ahead of us
in entering the kingdom of God.
Let these hard words wake us up
from our smug self-contentment
and make us aware that our life too
is a mixture of Yes and No,
of an honest seeking to do what is right
together with moments of cowardice.
May God give you this insight and bless you:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
Let us go in the peace
and the love of Christ. R/ Thanks be to God.