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DAILY PRAYER FOR TODAY’S CATHOLIC

JULY 2013

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lessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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CONTENTS

July 2013 ◆ Volume 3, Issue 7

A Faith Honest and True  Fr. Timothy Radcliffe  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5 Teach Us to Pray: Images of God  Fr. James Martin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7 Suscipe  Fr. John Baldovin  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8 Prayers and Blessings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10 Prayer at Night  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   12 Daily Prayer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14 Order of Mass  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   327 Liturgy of the Word (with Holy Communion)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   353 Hymns  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   356 Guide to Lectio Divina  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   362


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 100 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. Know that he, the Lord, is God. He made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his flock. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with songs of praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name. Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture Tobit 13:15-16a, 16c-18 y soul, bless the Lord, the great King; / for Jerusalem will be rebuilt as his house forever. The gates of Jerusalem will be built with sapphire and emerald, / and all your walls with precious stones. / The

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towers of Jerusalem will be built with gold, / and their battlements with purest gold. / The streets of Jerusalem will be paved / with rubies and stones of Ophir; / The gates of Jerusalem will sing hymns of gladness, / and all its houses will cry out, Hallelujah! / Blessed be the God of Israel for all ages! / For in you the blessed will bless the holy name forever and ever. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 362)

Antiphon In Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions Faithful God, eternal is your merciful love. We pray: r. God, receive our prayer. Let your Church find her joy in the cross of Christ. r. Accept our gratitude for the self-sacrifices others freely make in love. r. Help all people to care for and conserve the environment. r. Our Father .  .  . May the love of God be the root and foundation of our lives, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Mass Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Entrance Antiphon Cf. Psalm 48 (47):10-11 Your merciful love, O God, / we have received in the midst of your temple. / Your praise, O God, like your name, / reaches the ends of the earth; / your right hand is filled with saving justice. Gloria (p. 329) Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:10-14c Behold, I will spread prosperity over her like a river. hus says the Lord: / Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, / all you who love her; / exult, exult with her, / all you who were mourning over her! / Oh, that you may suck fully / of the milk of her comfort, / that you may nurse with delight / at her abundant breasts! / For thus says the Lord: / Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river, / and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. / As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, / and fondled in her lap; / as a mother comforts her child, / so will I comfort you; / in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort.

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When you see this, your heart shall rejoice / and your bodies flourish like the grass; / the Lord’s power shall be known to his servants. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 . (1) Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. r Shout joyfully to God, all the earth, sing praise to the glory of his name; proclaim his glorious praise. Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!” r. “Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you, sing praise to your name!” Come and see the works of God, his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam. r. He has changed the sea into dry land; through the river they passed on foot. Therefore let us rejoice in him. He rules by his might forever. r. Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare what he has done for me. Blessed be God who refused me not my prayer or his kindness! r. A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 6:14-18

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rothers and sisters: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God.

From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen. The word of the Lord. Gospel Acclamation Colossians 3:15a, 16a Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

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t that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.’] Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, ‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.’ Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.”


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The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to ‘tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” The Gospel of the Lord. Creed (p. 330) Prayer over the Offerings May this oblation dedicated to your name purify us, O Lord, and day by day bring our conduct closer to the life of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Psalm 34 (33):9 Taste and see that the Lord is good; / blessed the man who seeks refuge in him. Or: Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, / and I will refresh you, says the Lord. Prayer after Communion Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, having been replenished by such great gifts, we may gain the prize of salvation and never cease to praise you. Through Christ our Lord.

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Reflection To Boast Far be it from me to boast, except it be in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. He could have said, in the wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ: and he would have spoken the truth. Or he could have said, in the majesty—and again spoken the truth. But in fact he said: in the cross. Where the worldly-wise philosopher is abashed, there the apostle finds his treasure: by not despising the unprepossessing outer husk he gets through to the precious center. Not for me, he says, to boast, save in the cross of Christ. You have borne a fine burden; and there is everything you sought: what there was of significance hidden there, that you have now revealed. What help did he get? Through whom, he says, the world is crucified and I to the world. When could the world have been crucified to you, except when he through whom the world was made was crucified for you? He who boasts, then, let him make his boast in the Lord. What Lord? Christ crucified. Where there is humility, there also is majesty; where there is weakness, there also is strength; where there is death, there is life. If you wish to arrive at the latter, do not despise the former.  .  .  . This is the Christian teaching, the precept of humility, the commendation of humility: that we should not glory, save in the cross of Christ. For it is not saying much if you glory in Christ’s wisdom: but in Christ’s cross, it is. St. Augustine, Sermon 160 St. Augustine (354–430) is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christian thought. After a pivotal conversion as an adult, Augustine was baptized by Ambrose in 387. He was ordained to the priesthood in 391 and became bishop of Hippo in 395.


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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 118:1, 8-14 Give praise to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endures forever. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man; it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

The nations all encircled me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off. They encircled me all around; in the name of the Lord I cut them off. They encircled me about like bees; they blazed like a fire among thorns. In the name of the Lord I cut them off.

you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive [words of] wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 362)

Antiphon May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, you are our strength and our song. In trust we pray: r. Grant us wisdom, O God. Make your Church a sign of care for the dignity of each person. r.

I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he was my savior.

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Within the Word Jacob’s Dream Jacob is honored as the father of twelve sons from whom the twelve tribes of Israel descend. Jacob’s story unfolds within the context of his extended family in Canaan and northern Mesopotamia. He is a resourceful favorite of his mother with whom he schemes to secure the privileges and blessings of his elder brother, Esau. He is an earthy character whose cleverness verges on the unethical. Nevertheless, the biblical story suggests that Jacob’s crooked pathway to the elect position within the patriarchal household fell within God’s plan for him. God is a character at work behind the scenes and is infrequently mentioned in the stories of the Jacob cycle (Gen 25:19–33:20). God’s appearance is concentrated in two episodes: Jacob’s dream (Gen 28:10-22, Monday) and Jacob’s wrestling match (Gen 32:23-33, Tuesday). The episode of Jacob’s dream reveals how essential God’s presence is for Jacob on his journey away from and back to the land of Canaan. As Jacob sets out for Mesopotamia to find a wife among his relatives and to put a safe distance between him and his enraged brother Esau, he spends the first night in what Genesis 28:11 calls “the place” (translated “shrine” in the Lectionary). As he retires for the night at his campsite, he places a stone at the head of his resting place for protection. As he sleeps, he dreams of a ladder reaching to heaven with angels ascending and descending on it. This picture accents how heaven and earth are connected in this particular place; it is unique and separate and holy in contrast to ordinary 84

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places. Jacob dreams that the Lord is standing near him and promises to give him the land with numerous offspring who will be a source of blessing to all the people of the world. This concrete promise of land and descendants creates a future for Jacob, but what will sustain him on his journey out of the land and back to it is the Lord’s promise to be with him through all the ups and downs of his days. When Jacob awakes, he is overcome with a holy fear. He has had an experience of God’s presence that impresses upon him the fact that God belongs to an order of reality above that of humans, and yet God has chosen to care for him. On the following morning, Jacob takes the stone that he used to protect his head, sets it upright, and pours oil over it in order to mark this place as holy. Jacob then makes a vow to build up this place as a sanctuary upon his return. In Jacob’s encounter with God in this place that he renames Bethel (“house of God”), Jacob hears God’s promise and makes his own promise in return. In this visionary encounter in which there is an exchange of promises, the Israelites are given a glimpse of the future that shapes their identity as the Lord’s people. The confidence generated by such a promise is a power in the hearts of believers not to be underestimated. God is with us not just in our dreams. In the place we stand at any given moment, heaven and earth can be connected. “Truly, the Lord is in this spot” (Gen 28:16). —Fr. Dale Launderville Dale Launderville, OSB, is professor of theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology•Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota.


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 120 To the Lord in the hour of my distress I call—and he answers me. “O Lord, save my soul from lying lips, from the tongue of the deceitful.”

What should he give you, what repay you, O deceitful tongue? The warrior’s arrows sharpened, with red-hot coals from the broom tree! Alas, that I live in Meshech, dwell among the tents of Kedar! I have had enough of dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture Isaiah 44:1-5 ear then, Jacob, my servant, / Israel, whom I have chosen. / Thus says the Lord who made you, / your help, who formed you from the womb: / Do not fear, Jacob, my servant, / Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. / I will pour out

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water upon the thirsty ground, / streams upon the dry land; / I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring, / my blessing upon your descendants. / They shall spring forth amid grass / like poplars beside flowing waters. / One shall say, “I am the Lord’s,” / another shall be named after Jacob, / And this one shall write on his hand, “The Lord’s,” / and receive the name Israel. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 362)

Antiphon I am with you and will protect you wherever you go. Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions You love us, God, and we belong to you. In trust we pray: r. God of peace, hear us. Help us to cherish you in the Scriptures, in our hearts, and in one another. r. Protect those who are fleeing from any kind of danger. r. Relieve the burden of those who struggle to feed their families. r. Our Father .  .  . May God bless us and root us firmly in faith, hope, and love. Amen.


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Beguine Mystic (Thirteenth Century) Almost nothing is known of the life of Hadewijch, a Flemish mystic who lived in the thirteenth century. Although a prolific author, she inspired no biography. All that is known of her story must be inferred from her writings. She was apparently a Beguine, part of a movement in the Low Countries that attracted women to a new form of community-based religious life, distinct from traditional enclosure. The Beguines stressed prayer, the works of mercy, simplicity of life, and a devotion to the humanity of Jesus. Hadewijch’s central theme is Love. Everywhere she turned—in creation, in community, or in her inner depths— she encountered the love of God. Not just a warm feeling, this love was a burning fire. In her letters of spiritual direction she emphasized love as the essential key to the knowledge and service of God: “Let us live in sweet love. Live for God; let his life be yours, and let yours be ours.” The Beguines were subjected to all kinds of pressure and persecution. Eventually Hadewijch was expelled from her community—under what circumstances we cannot know. In one of her last letters she writes, “What happens to me, whether I am wandering in the country or put in prison— however it turns out, it is the work of Love.” She vanished from history, leaving behind only a final exhortation: “Farewell and live a beautiful life.” “Once on Pentecost Sunday I received the Holy Spirit in such a manner that I understood all the will of Love in all.” —Hadewijch

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Psalm 48 (47):10-11 Your merciful love, O God, / we have received in the midst of your temple. / Your praise, O God, like your name, / reaches the ends of the earth; / your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A reading from the Book of Genesis 28:10-22a Jacob had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground and God’s messengers were going up and down on it and the Lord was speaking. acob departed from Beer-sheba and proceeded toward Haran. When he came upon a certain shrine, as the sun had already set, he stopped there for the night. Taking one of the stones at the shrine, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep at that spot. Then he had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s messengers were going up and down on it. And there was the Lord standing beside him and saying: “I, the Lord, am the God of your forefather Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you are lying I will give to you

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and your descendants. These shall be as plentiful as the dust of the earth, and through them you shall spread out east and west, north and south. In you and your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing. Know that I am with you; I will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you.” When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he exclaimed, “Truly, the Lord is in this spot, although I did not know it!” In solemn wonder he cried out: “How awesome is this shrine! This is nothing else but an abode of God, and that is the gateway to heaven!” Early the next morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head, set it up as a memorial stone, and poured oil on top of it. He called the site Bethel, whereas the former name of the town had been Luz. Jacob then made this vow: “If God remains with me, to protect me on this journey I am making and to give me enough bread to eat and clothing to wear, and I come back safe to my father’s house, the Lord shall be my God. This stone that I have set up as a memorial stone shall be God’s abode.” The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 91:1-2, 3-4, 14-15ab r. (see 2b) In you, my God, I place my trust. You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, Say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” r. For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence. With his pinions he will cover you, and under his wings you shall take refuge. r.

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Because he clings to me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in distress. r. Gospel Acclamation See 2 Timothy 1:10 Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel. A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:18-26

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hile Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land. The Gospel of the Lord.


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Prayer over the Offerings May this oblation dedicated to your name purify us, O Lord, and day by day bring our conduct closer to the life of heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Communion Antiphon Psalm 34 (33):9 Taste and see that the Lord is good; / blessed the man who seeks refuge in him. Or: Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, / and I will refresh you, says the Lord. Prayer after Communion Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, having been replenished by such great gifts, we may gain the prize of salvation and never cease to praise you. Through Christ our Lord.

Reflection The Faith-Filled Desire Three characters in today’s readings have similar yearnings and desires, summarized in shorthand: “Truly,” “But come,” and “If only.” Jacob’s vivid dream inspires him to declare, “Truly, the Lord is in this spot, although I did not know it!” What appeared stony became a stairway to heaven.

The official who approaches Jesus names the heartbreaking tragedy of his daughter’s death. Yet something deeper stirs within, inspiring him to leapfrog that grim reality to a dream barely glimpsed, a hope hardly articulated: “But come .  .  . and she will live.” A woman who has hemorrhaged for twelve years can’t stay in denial: the pain, embarrassment, and exhaustion constantly recall her reality. She’s lived with it for 4,380 days but still gropes beyond, hoping courageously: “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” This thread of desiring continues today. The prognosis looks dark, but stubbornly doctors seek healing. The chemo works; the cancer disappears. The artist, composer, or author too tired, sick, or depressed to work again creates the exquisite painting, symphony, or novel. Despite long infertility and heavy odds against conception, a baby is born perfect and healthy. In unlikely circumstances, work for peace or justice succeeds. What was once a shadowy vision for a school or hospital where need is dire takes shape. Can we imagine faint outlines of God’s messengers in bad news? Can we surpass walls that seem impenetrable, honoring what St. Ignatius called our God-implanted desires, or do we languish in cynicism? Blocked by stones that seem immovable, do we dare push forward? Kathy Coffey Kathy Coffey is an award-winning writer, mother of four, and speaker who gives workshops and retreats nationally and internationally.


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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 119:73-80 It was your hands that made me and shaped me; grant me insight to learn your commands. Those who revere you see me and rejoice, for I trust in your word.

and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 362)

O Lord, I know that your decrees are right; though I am humbled, you are just. Let your merciful love console me by your promise to your servant.

Antiphon Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.

Show me compassion, that I may live, for your law is my delight. Let the arrogant be shamed who deflect me with lies; as for me, I will ponder your precepts.

Intercessions God, you lift us up when we are brought low. In love we pray: r. Lead us to you, God.

Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your decrees. Let my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture James 5:13-16 s anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church,

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Canticle of Mary (inside back cover)

Guide us to work toward a just distribution of the world’s resources. r. Give wisdom and peace to parents of young children and adolescents. r. Grant eternal life to our deceased relatives, friends, neighbors, and parishioners. r. Our Father .  .  . May God sanctify us and keep us sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


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Morning O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth will proclaim your praise. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 71:17-22 O God, you have taught me from my youth, and I proclaim your wonders still.

In the womb he supplanted his brother, / and in his vigor he contended with a divine being; / He contended with an angel and prevailed, / he wept and entreated him. / At Bethel he met with him, / and there he spoke with him. / The Lord is the God of hosts, / the Lord is his name! / You must return to your God. / Maintain loyalty and justice / and always hope in your God. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 362)

Even till I am old and gray-headed, do not forsake me, O God. Let me tell of your mighty arm to every coming generation; your strength and your justice, O God, reach to the highest heavens. It is you who have worked such wonders. O God, who is like you?

Antiphon You have contended with divine and human beings and prevailed.

You have made me witness many troubles and evils, but you will give me back my life. You will raise me from the depths of the earth; you will exalt me and console me again.

Help us to encourage one another in the love of Christ. r.

So I will give you thanks on the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God. To you will I sing with the harp, to you, the Holy One of Israel. Glory to the Father .  .  . Scripture Hosea 12:3-7 he Lord has a dispute with Judah, / and will punish Jacob for his conduct, / and repay him for his deeds. /

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Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover) Intercessions God of the covenant, in faith we pray: r. Bless us, O God. Give administrators wisdom and peace. r. Protect the elderly, the vulnerable, and those who are alone. r. Our Father .  .  . May the peace of Christ reign in our hearts today and always. Amen.


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Blessed Among Us

Mass

Sister Jacquelyn Walsh

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

[St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, opt. memorial]

Sister of Mercy (1952–2012) On the evening of July 9, 2012, Sister Jackie Walsh was taking a walk on a wooded street on Long Island when she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. She had been attending a retreat with her fellow Sisters of Mercy and just that day had remarked, “This is heaven.” Sister Jackie was a driving force in her parish in Syosset, where she served as pastoral associate and engaged in virtually every kind of ministry. In the testimony of the thousands who attended her prayer vigil, wake, and funeral—just a sample of those touched by her life—it was evident that she embodied the best of the Church: she was “joyful,” “lifegiving,” a “servant of justice, tempered by mercy,” with “arms that were made for hugging”; she was “welcoming,” “filled with compassion,” always “the first to celebrate,” someone “you just immediately wanted to love.” As her pastor observed, “Her heart was burning within her for love of the Lord with every expression of JOY that she radiated and conveyed.” The list of canonized saints tilts heavily toward the foundresses of religious orders. Yet for every foundress there are thousands of faithful servants like Sister Jackie, icons of God’s love to those who know them. On her web site, Sister Jackie quoted the foundress of her own order, Sister Catherine McAuley, “Do all you can for the people of God. The time is short.” “Never grow weary from doing what is right.” —Sister Jackie’s favorite motto

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Psalm 48 (47):10-11 Your merciful love, O God, / we have received in the midst of your temple. / Your praise, O God, like your name, / reaches the ends of the earth; / your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. A reading from the Book of Genesis 32:23-33 You shall be spoken of as Israel, because you have contended with God and have prevailed. n the course of the night, Jacob arose, took his two wives, with the two maidservants and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. After he had taken them across the stream and had brought over all his possessions, Jacob was left there alone. Then some man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. When the man saw that he could not prevail over him, he struck Jacob’s hip at its socket, so that the hip socket was wrenched as they wrestled. The man then said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go until you bless me.” The man

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asked, “What is your name?” He answered, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be spoken of as Jacob, but as Israel, because you have contended with divine and human beings and have prevailed.” Jacob then asked him, “Do tell me your name, please.” He answered, “Why should you want to know my name?” With that, he bade him farewell. Jacob named the place Peniel, “Because I have seen God face to face,” he said, “yet my life has been spared.” At sunrise, as he left Penuel, Jacob limped along because of his hip. That is why, to this day, the children of Israel do not eat the sciatic muscle that is on the hip socket, inasmuch as Jacob’s hip socket was struck at the sciatic muscle. The word of the Lord. Responsorial Psalm 17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b and 15 . (15a) In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord. r Hear, O Lord, a just suit; attend to my outcry; hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit. r. From you let my judgment come; your eyes behold what is right. Though you test my heart, searching it in the night, though you try me with fire, you shall find no malice in me. r. I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my word. Show your wondrous mercies, O savior of those who flee from their foes. r. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. I in justice shall behold your face; on waking, I shall be content in your presence. r.

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Gospel Acclamation I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.

John 10:14

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 9:32-38

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The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.

demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” The Gospel of the Lord. Prayer over the Offerings May this oblation dedicated to your name purify us, O Lord, and day by day bring our conduct closer to the life of heaven. Through Christ our Lord.


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Communion Antiphon Psalm 34 (33):9 Taste and see that the Lord is good; / blessed the man who seeks refuge in him. Or: Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, / and I will refresh you, says the Lord. Prayer after Communion Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, having been replenished by such great gifts, we may gain the prize of salvation and never cease to praise you. Through Christ our Lord.

The knowledge we gain from science, and the technology that comes from it, can be used for good or evil. For some people this is as frightening as Jesus’ power over demons. (If Jesus had power over demons, couldn’t he also turn those demons on his enemies? No wonder they were afraid.) And of course there’s no guarantee that we’ll show the same restraint as Jesus did with these powers. But knowing God in nature, wrestling with God’s puzzles, is accepting a divine invitation. We, too, accept that we may come away from the encounter with our egos scarred. Yet it is in seeing God’s creation that I behold his face and am content in his presence. Br. Guy Consolmagno Guy Consolmagno, SJ, is an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, where he also serves as the curator of meteorites.

Reflection Delicious Torment What sort of God is this who engages us in a wrestling match? In Jacob’s time, people thought the gods lived in a different realm, either ignoring humanity or demanding utter subjugation even to the point of human sacrifice. The world and the people who lived on it were nothing more than flotsam on their divine milieu. But the Divinity Jacob encounters is one who deals directly with him, spending time with him, playing with him as a father plays with a child. No wonder Jacob is amazed and proudly bears his scar from the encounter. In our own ways each of us wrestles with God. I can think of no better metaphor for my life as a scientist, for the delicious torment of trying to unravel the unending puzzles of God’s universe.


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Evening God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me. (opt. hymn, pp. 356–61)

Psalm 31:2-9 In you, O Lord, I take refuge. Let me never be put to shame. In your justice, set me free; incline your ear to me, and speedily rescue me. Be a rock of refuge for me, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name. Release me from the snare they have hidden, for you indeed are my refuge. Into your hands I commend my spirit. You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God. You detest those who serve empty idols. As for me, I trust in the Lord. Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for you who have seen my affliction and taken heed of my soul’s distress, have not left me in the hands of the enemy, but set my feet at large. Glory to the Father .  .  .

Scripture Acts 5:12-16 any signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in

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Solomon’s portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them. Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from today’s Scripture (Lectio Divina, p. 362)

Antiphon Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for the harvest. Canticle of Mary (inside back cover) Intercessions God, you deliver us in times of affliction. With trust we pray: r. Show us your mercy, Lord. Help us to praise you in all circumstances. r. Shatter the idols that keep all people from knowing your love. r. Grant healing rest to those who suffer anxiety, worry, or distress. r. Our Father .  .  . May God bless us with peace and fill us with hope as we await a new day, living forever in Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Order of Mass ❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen. Greeting A The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And with your spirit. B Grace to you and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ. And with your spirit.

C The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Penitential Act Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. (Pause) A I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

  And, striking their breast, they say:

through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;   Then they continue: 327


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therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. B Have mercy on us, O Lord. For we have sinned against you.

Show us, O Lord, your mercy. And grant us your salvation. These or other invocations may be used.

C You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:

Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.

You came to call sinners: Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy. Or: Christe, eleison. You are seated at the right hand of the Father to   intercede for us: Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚ May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. ❙❚ Amen. Kyrie

The Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy) invocations follow, unless they have just occurred in a formula of the Penitential Act.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

❙❚  Christ, have mercy. ❙❚  Christ, have mercy.

❙❚  Christe, eleison. ❙❚  Christe, eleison.

❙❚  Lord, have mercy. ❙❚  Lord, have mercy.

❙❚  Kyrie, eleison. ❙❚  Kyrie, eleison.

Gloria Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. Collect (Opening Prayer)

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Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Cleanse my heart and my lips, almighty God, that I may worthily proclaim your holy Gospel. ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚  A reading from the holy Gospel according to N. ❙❚  Glory to you, O Lord. At the end:

❙❚  The Gospel of the Lord. ❙❚  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away. Homily Profession of Faith

[The Apostles’ Creed can be found on p. 354]

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

The Order of Mass  331  At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all bow.

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful (Bidding Prayers)

Liturgy of the Eucharist Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God for ever.


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By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God for ever. With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God. Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word [With Holy Communion]

Introductory Rites Introduction

Deacon or lay leader:

We gather here to celebrate the Lord’s Day. Sunday has been called the Lord’s Day because it was on this day that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose to new life. Unfortunately, we are not able to celebrate the Mass today because we do not have a priest. Let us be united in the spirit of Christ with the Church around the world and celebrate our redemption in Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Sign of the Cross Deacon or lay leader:

Invitation to Prayer Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters), that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

❙❚ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. ❙❚ Amen.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

❙❚ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God for ever. ❙❚  Blessed be God for ever.

Prayer over the Offerings

Liturgy of the Word

Eucharistic Prayer ❙❚  The Lord be with you. ❙❚  And with your spirit. ❙❚  Lift up your hearts. ❙❚  We lift them up to the Lord. ❙❚  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. ❙❚  It is right and just.

Greeting

Deacon or lay leader:

Collect First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Homily or Reflection on the Readings


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Period of Silence Profession of Faith

[The Nicene Creed can be found on p. 330]

Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful

Communion Rite Lord’s Prayer

Deacon or lay leader:

The Father provides us with food for eternal life. At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. Invitation to Communion

Deacon or lay leader:

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. Communion Act of Thanksgiving

Concluding Rite

Invitation to Pray for Vocations to the Priesthood Deacon or lay leader:

Mindful of our Lord’s word, “Ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for the harvest,” let us pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. May our prayer hasten the day when we will be able to take part in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist every Sunday. Blessing Sign of Peace


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The Dawn Now Spreads Its Rosy Hue

Ordinary Time—am

We Walk by Faith

O Christ, the Light of Heaven

Ordinary Time—am Familiar Tune: O Lord, I Am Not Worthy

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Be Thou My Vision

Ordinary Time—am/pm Familiar Tune: Lord of All Hopefulness

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Ordinary Time—pm

1. O God, our help in ages past, / our hope for years to come, / our shelter from the stormy blast, / and our eternal home.

Before the Close of Day We Come

Ordinary Time—pm Familiar Tune: The Water Is Wide

2. Beneath the shadow of your throne / your saints have dwelt secure; / sufficient is your arm alone, / and our defense is sure. 3. Before the hills in order stood, / or earth received her frame, / from everlasting you are God, / to endless years the same. 4. A thousand ages in your sight / are like an evening gone, / short as the watch that ends the night / before the rising sun. 5. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, / bears all our lives away; / they fly forgotten, as a dream / dies at the op’ning day. Text: Based on Psalm 90; Isaac Watts, 1674–1748, alt. Music: ST. ANNE, 86 86, William Croft, 1678–1727, alt.


Guide to Lectio Divina Choose a word or phrase of the Scriptures you wish to pray. It makes no difference which text is chosen, as long as you have no set goal of “covering” a certain amount of text. The amount of text covered is in God’s hands, not yours. Read. Turn to the text and read it slowly, gently. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the “still, small voice” of a word or phrase that somehow says, “I am for you today.” Do not expect lightning or ecstasies. In lectio divina, God is teaching us to listen, to seek him in silence. God does not reach out and grab us but gently invites us ever more deeply into his presence. Ponder. Take the word or phrase into yourself. Memorize it and slowly repeat it to yourself, allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas. Do not be afraid of distractions. Memories or thoughts are simply parts of yourself that, when they rise up during lectio divina, are asking to be given to God along with the rest of your inner self. Allow this inner pondering, this rumination, to invite you into dialogue with God. Pray. Whether you use words, ideas, or images—or all three—is not important. Interact with God as you would with one who you know loves and accepts you. Give to God what you have discovered during your experience of meditation. Give to God what you have found within your heart. It is not necessary to assess the quality of your lectio divina, as if you were “performing” or seeking some goal. Lectio divina has no goal other than that of being in the presence of God by praying the Scriptures. —Fr. Luke Dysinger Luke Dysinger, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, California.

Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

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y soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


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