The Sunday Mass - 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 2, 2020 CC

The Sunday Mass
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2020

Celebrant & Homilist: Rev. Andrew Fisher
Choir: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Choir Cantor & Organist, Washington, D.C.

Mass Readings for Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 2, 2020:
First Reading: Isaiah 55: 1-3
Second Reading: Romans 8: 35, 37-39
Gospel: Matthew 14: 13-21

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Parish: Holy Name of Jesus, St. Clement & St. Dominic
Choir: St. John the Evangelist Schola


The lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you o lord.

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the father and he will give you another advocate to be with you always. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

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

It can be somewhat common at times when I'm visiting someone in a nursing home or a hospital or talking to a family member of a loved one, they'll say how much they love the Heart of the Nation TV Mass. They say how they feel connected to the community. That they can't make it to Mass and they feel sad that they can't make it to Mass but then to turn on the tv or go on Youtube and find the Mass brings a sense of comfort; brings them a sense of connected that they are not alone, they're not alone. And we think of that example as Jesus proclaims this gospel. I will not leave you orphans. Isn't that our fear in some sense? Of being alone, of being forgotten about, being pushed to the side? It's interesting, even in the old testament, who are the people that Jesus teaches the Israelites to care for the most? The orphan the widow, the stranger, all those who are most likely to be isolated, pushed to the side, to be alone. And so Jesus connects us in constantly. Now going back to that same example that I started with, after hearing the importance of enjoying the tv Mass, other times people will say, "I tuned in but I couldn't find it. It didn't seem to air this week, I couldn't find it on my channel, there was no one to turn the tv on." this type of thing and isn't that the most frustrating thing, when your expectation is up and you know it's there, you know it's there, but you just can't find the channel. You just can't find the channel. And sometimes I think with the spirit of God in our lives it can be like that. What does Jesus say, that I will send the advocate who will remain with you and be in you. In other words the power of the holy spirit is always out there. The power of the holy spirit is always flowing but we're not always tuned in to the right frequency. We don't always have the right channel on in our lives. We're tuned into other things instead of the power of the holy spirit which is always flowing, which is always there, which is always open and available to each of us because Christ never desires for us to be alone. In a particular way we turn to the example of our dear blessed mother Mary. We could say Mary experienced the first Pentecost of sorts when the holy spirit came upon her in the annunciation. And so we pray the rosary. That prayer, Hail Mary, it's the precursor to the flowing and the filling of her with the power of the holy spirit that brought forth Jesus. We pray for that grace to tune into the frequency of the holy spirit. To keep God's commandments, to trust in the power of our dear blessed mother Mary, to open ourselves to the goodness, the peace that comes with God's love.
Entrance: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
Text: Revelation 5:9; William C. Dix, 1837-1898
Tune: HYFRODOL, 8 7 8 7 D; Rowland H. Prichard, 1811-1887

Text: ICEL, 2010
Music: Congregational Mass; John Lee, rev. Ronald F. Krisman, © 1970, 2011, GIA Publications, Inc.

Psalm 66: Let All The Earth
Text: Verses, The Revised Grail Psalms © 2010 Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.;
Refrain: Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, ICEL
Music: Michel Guimont, © 1994 GIA Publications. Inc.

Preparation: Instrumental

Communion: If Ye Love Me
Copyright: Public Domain

Sending Forth: Crown Him With any Crowns
Text: Revelation 19:12; st. 1, 3-5, Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894; st. 2, Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903
Tune: DIADEMATA, SMD; George J. Elvey, 1816-1893

Mass Setting: A Community Mass
Text: ICEL, © 2010
Music: A Community Mass, Richard Proulx, © 1971, 1977, 2006, GIA Publications, Inc.

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