Catholic TV Mass Online August 2, 2020: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. Brian Walker, O.P.
Parish: Dominican Friars
Choir: Heart of the Nation


The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A proclamation of the holy gospel according to Saint Matthew. Glory to you o Lord

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick when it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said to them, "There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves." But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have here." Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over - twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

What can separate us from the love of God? Scripture tells us that nothing can but I wonder. There seems to be a lot of things that can separate us from God's love. We let jealousy and bickering, we let pride and greed, and we let animosity and anger truly separate us from God's love. We don't always know that these things are the cause but we know that something is happening if you have any doubts all you have to do is look to our recent past. Marches. Riots. It was a time that no one wanted to see nor experience and through it all we still had the scare of the pandemic and it still hasn't gone away. We are doing what we can but it is a scary time for all. And still we are told that nothing can separate us from the love of God. It seems at times that we are so far away from the love of God that we won't find our way back. But these aren't the only difficult times. Throughout the ages there have been very difficult moments and still there was faith. Our faith is being tested again today. And still we need to ask ourselves the question, if we can't love one another, the ones that we see... how can we love the God that we cannot see? Paul would say that nothing can separate us from the love of God first, we have to begin to love the people that are around us. We need to be more church and more family to one another. We need to be able to see one another, especially our sisters and brothers in church, in our community, in our country, and in our world and say that "This is my family. And I will do what I can to show God's love not only to them, but also to those that I don't particularly like. Those that don't particularly look like me.” I think then, and only then, can we say as Saint Paul, nothing can separate from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Entrance: Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, alt.
Tune: HYFRYDOL, 8 7 8 7 D; Rowland H. Prichard, 1811-1887

Psalm 145: The Hand of the Lord Feeds Us
Refrain texts © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music and verses text © 2003, Scott Soper. Published by OCP Publications. All rights reserved.

Preparation: Instrumental

Communion: Bread for the World
Text: Bernadette Farrell b. 1957
Tune: Bernadette Farrell b. 1957
© 1990 Bernadette Farrell, published by OCP Publications

Sending Forth: Rain Down
Text: Based on Psalm 33; Jaime Cortez, b. 1963
Tune: Jaime Cortez, b. 1963; acc. By Craig S. Kingsbury, b. 1952
© 1991, 1992, Jaime Cortez. Published by OCP

Mass Setting: Mass of Renewal
Text © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music: Mass of Renewal; Curtis Stephan, b. 1973; choral arr. by Curtis Stephan and Rick Modlin, b. 1966, © 2009, Curtis Stephan.
Published by OCP. All rights reserved.

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