Sunday at Home – March 22
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Here you can find this Sunday’s Readings, songs and hymns chosen by our music ministers, Father’s homily, some petitions for us to offer together to God, the Spiritual Communion Prayer and a prayer for during this pandemic. If you are looking for something more, try these resources:
- Archbishop’s Live Broadcast: The archdiocese will livestream Mass at 9:00am on Sunday with Archbishop Jackels presiding. The Mass will be recorded so it may be viewed after the original airing.
- Magnificat: Head over to Magnificat for a full outline of all the prayers and readings for today’s Mass.
- MagnifiKid: This is a resource to serve as a spiritual guide for kids that include activities and explanations for the readings and rituals of Mass.
First Reading 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
The Lord said to Samuel: “Get some olive oil and go to Bethlehem, to a man named Jesse, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
When Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice, Samuel saw Jesse’s son Eliab and thought, “This man standing here in the Lord’s presence is surely the one he has chosen.” But the Lord said to him, “Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.” In this way Jesse brought seven of his sons to Samuel. And Samuel said to him, “The Lord hasn’t chosen any of these.” Then he asked him, “Do you have any more sons?” Jesse answered, “There is still the youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep.” “Tell him to come here,” Samuel said. “We won’t offer the sacrifice until he comes.” So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The Lord said to Samuel, “This is the one—anoint him!” Samuel took the olive oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. The spirit of the Lord was with David from that day on.
Traditional: Psalm 23 – The Lord Is My Shepherd (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vz586FIrP0)
Contemporary: The Lord Is My Shepherd (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALSsKDo8eKY)
Second Reading Ephesians 5:8-14
Brothers and sisters: You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord’s people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light, for it is the light that brings every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth. Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light. (It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.) And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said,
“Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.”
Gospel John 9:1-41
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who was born blind. His disciples asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents’ sin?” Jesus answered, “His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents’ sins. He is blind so that God’s power might be seen at work in him. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light for the world.” After he said this, Jesus spat on the ground and made some mud with the spittle; he rubbed the mud on the man’s eyes and told him, “Go and wash your face in the Pool of Siloam.” (This name means “Sent.”) So the man went, washed his face, and came back seeing.
His neighbors, then, and the people who had seen him begging before this, asked, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “He is,” but others said, “No he isn’t; he just looks like him.” So the man himself said, “I am the man.” “How is it that you can now see?” they asked him. He answered, “The man called Jesus made some mud, rubbed it on my eyes, and told me to go to Siloam and wash my face. So I went, and as soon as I washed, I could see.” “Where is he?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he answered.
Then they took to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. The day that Jesus made the mud and cured him of his blindness was a Sabbath. The Pharisees, then, asked the man again how he had received his sight. He told them, “He put some mud on my eyes; I washed my face, and now I can see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “The man who did this cannot be from God, for he does not obey the Sabbath law.” Others, however, said, “How could a man who is a sinner perform such miracles as these?” And there was a division among them. So the Pharisees asked the man once more, “You say he cured you of your blindness—well, what do you say about him?” “He is a prophet,” the man answered.
The Jewish authorities, however, were not willing to believe that he had been blind and could now see, until they called his parents and asked them, “Is this your son? You say that he was born blind; how is it, then, that he can now see?” His parents answered, “We know that he is our son, and we know that he was born blind. But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who cured him of his blindness. Ask him; he is old enough, and he can answer for himself!” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities, who had already agreed that anyone who said he believed that Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That is why his parents said, “He is old enough; ask him!”
A second time they called back the man who had been born blind, and said to him, “Promise before God that you will tell the truth! We know that this man who cured you is a sinner.” “I do not know if he is a sinner or not,” the man replied. “One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see.” “What did he do to you?” they asked. “How did he cure you of your blindness?” “I have already told you,” he answered, “and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Maybe you, too, would like to be his disciples?” They insulted him and said, “You are that fellow’s disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for that fellow, however, we do not even know where he comes from!” The man answered, “What a strange thing that is! You do not know where he comes from, but he cured me of my blindness! We know that God does not listen to sinners; he does listen to people who respect him and do what he wants them to do. Since the beginning of the world nobody has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a person born blind. Unless this man came from God, he would not be able to do a thing.” They answered, “You were born and brought up in sin—and you are trying to teach us?” And they expelled him from the synagogue.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” The man answered, “Tell me who he is, sir, so that I can believe in him!” Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him, and he is the one who is talking with you now.” “I believe, Lord!” the man said, and knelt down before Jesus. Jesus said, “I came to this world to judge, so that the blind should see and those who see should become blind.”
Some Pharisees who were there with him heard him say this and asked him, “Surely you don’t mean that we are blind, too?” Jesus answered, “If you were blind, then you would not be guilty; but since you claim that you can see, this means that you are still guilty.”
Prayers of the Faithful
As our loving God taught us to pray with our whole heart and our whole soul, we offer our prayers in need.
- That the Church and all its leaders be open to the guidance and compassion of the Holy Spirit as they seek new ways to support and care for the people of God in this global crisis, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
- That leaders of all nations continue to work together to promote the common good and to insure the well being of all their citizens, especially the most vulnerable, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
- That health care providers and medical personnel be blessed with wisdom, compassion and endurance, and that they be kept safe as they minister to their patients, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
- That families facing disruptions to their daily lives respond with patience, love, and support for each other, Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.
- That all individuals affected by the coronavirus (because of illness, temporary unemployment, isolation, or fear) be upheld by their faith in God’s comfort and loving care for them, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
- In thanksgiving to God for the outpouring of love and concern that we have already shown for each other, and that we continue to work for the well-being of all during this crisis, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
- That Patty Dvorak, Vernon & Lorraine Weber and all who have died know the fullness of joy in God’s everlasting presence. May their grieving families know of our love and prayer for them as we find new ways to offer our support and sympathy, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
God of mercy and goodness, hear the prayers of your people. Help us to understand the importance of caring for others as we navigate through these uncharted waters. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Contemporary: Open the Eyes of My Heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idQ1n3cdgfo)
Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Traditional: Amazing Grace (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Qni5bIN5qmU)
Going Forth Songs
Traditional: Lead Me Lord (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ctcPqs7ZTY)
Contemporary: Build Your Kingdom (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcSWpVKKMcs)
A Prayer for During The Pandemic
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We turn to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
April 4, 2020
April 3, 2020