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Sunday — March 29, 2020

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(Before entering into the sample Sunday prayers, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the scripture commentary which is provided on this homepage, just beneath this opening Tweet.
This is a quasi homily because the ideal homily takes much of its meaning from its actual setting in a “live” liturgy in which the Holy Spirit is at work uniting the body of Christ. This communion together is part of the reality of a homily within the action of the liturgy itself. It is offered here to bind together your small group of prayer on this Lord’s Day. The scripture commentary is meant to give some background to what God is saying and doing at this particular time.)

SAMPLE OF HOME PRAYER FOR THE LORD’S DAY

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Peace be with you.

Let us seek the merciful love of God:

Have mercy on us, O Lord
For we have sinned against you.

Lord, show us your mercy
And grant us your salvation.

Let us pray:

It is our heart’s desire and prayer of you, O Lord, God of your people, that we imitate by a joyful way of life the faithful covenant love of Jesus Christ, who freely gave himself and his life for us inspired by that same love that caused him to enter this world to save us.

Listen to the sacred scriptures:
[Go to the Today’s Readings section below on this webpage.]

Silent Reflection and/or share comments.

Homily:

Among the unusual events of these days was our watching the funeral Mass of Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk live streamed on the Internet last Friday. The presentation was well done but somewhat awkward in that the whole time the Archbishop’s casket in front of the altar was all alone — the pews in the church were empty. This is not the ordinary way our Masses of Eternal Rest are celebrated.
Then today as we listen to God’s word relating the funeral rites for Lazarus long ago we also see a very different picture. The scriptures speak of the crowds that accompanied Martha and Mary to the tomb. They had come to their home to grieve with them. Martha and Mary had contacted Jesus earlier and had asked him to come be with them. This he did, after a purposeful delay, for the glory of God. Jesus in coming to the tomb made his presence felt. He was there because of his love for this family. He took a risk to come into the territory adjacent to Jerusalem where some leaders who disliked Jesus were threatening to kill him. In raising Lazarus from the tomb Jesus revealed the power of God in overcoming earthly death and assuring us of keeping his promise that we are called to be with the Lord forever and never be separated from him. All of this because of the divine covenant love prompting Jesus to give his life that we be in communion with God always.
Today the Church prays as we do with the Collect/Gathering Prayer that we have that same love behind everything Jesus did. We gathering around the remains of our deceased brothers and sisters and their families because Christ’s and his love dwells in us. We are very much a part of the funeral rites as we gather as the body of Christ to celebrate the Mass of Eternal Rest for our beloved departed. We did not get to do this the other day for Archbishop Pilarczyk. We shall get to do this later when the pandemic subsides.
Remember it is the love of Christ that impels us to do so. He is the one who said: There is no greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13). He did it. So can we.

 Praise be to God!

 Period of Silence

Sample Prayer of the Faithful
Let us pray
for the Church entrusted with preserving and spreading the faith
for the eternal rest of Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, whom God chose to lead us in the past
for all our faithful departed, especially those taken from us by the virus
for those suffering from the virus and their families
for those who have the disease and do not know it
for all those caring for the sick in medical facilities and at home
for those who in one way or another take care of our essential needs

for those who have no one to pray for them

In Jesus’ name we pray for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven…

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen