Presider: Fr. Mark Payne
Parish: Chaplain, Heart of the Nation
TEXT FROM THE GOSPEL AND HOMILY
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you O Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and the pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother or sisters will be liable to judgment. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow.’ But I say to you, do not swear at all. Let your ‘yes” mean ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ anything more is from the evil one.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
As Jesus is speaking to us this morning, he’s speaking to his disciples but he’s really directing this towards the scribes and the Pharisees. What the scribes and the Pharisees will do with the law, is they look at the letter of the law and they miss the individuals who the law is for. They completely miss the beauty and the wonder of the individual person. But Jesus touches each and every one of us today because he loves each and every one of us so he sees us as individuals. You know, thou shall not kill. Oh the scribes and Pharisees can say, “Oh we haven’t killed.” and yet we can kill with our tongues, can’t we? Oh yes, we can. And we can harm people in many different ways. And so Jesus really takes that law and accentuates it and he says, “Now let’s look at human persons! Let’s learn to respect one another! Let’s love one another!” We’ve heard that before. He keeps inviting us to go deeper into our hearts, to recognize each other as persons. Yes, we can say we follow the law. I always think about Lent. We can all say, “Well, we’re fasting and I ate fish, lobster is just one of those fish!” You know, but what are we really saying? What are we doing? What is that fasting? Why do we eat fish? Why do we take this time during the Lenten season to take some time to really understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it? What is it doing for us as individuals? And what are we doing for those around us? So Jesus enhances this wonderful law that was given to us to really respect and understand and appreciate people for people. So today I’m inviting all of us to take the time to really see why do we do what we do? Do we respect one another? It’s not just following the law. It’s about something deeper. It’s about our relationship with God and with one another. How are we deepening that relationship? How do we see ourselves with one another? And are we growing with each other? Jesus touched so many lives. If we’re his disciples we need to do the same. It’s not just living the law by the letter of the law. It’s living the law by the spirit and the love that Jesus has for each of us. So as we go forth this Sunday, let us take in our hearts a deeper profound respect for human beings and how we treat one another, how we see one another and how we honor one another.
Entrance: Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Text: Revelation 5:9; William C. Dix, 1837-1898
Tune: HYFRYDOL, 8 7 8 7 D; Rowland H. Prichard, 1811-1887
Psalm 119: Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
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Preparation: Open My Eyes
Text: Based on Mark 8:22-25; Jesse Manibusan. b. 1958
Tune: Jesse Manibusan, b. 1958; acc. by Ed Bolduc, b. 1969, choral arr. by Ken Canedo, b. 1953
© 1988, 1998, 1999, Jesse Manibusan. Published by OCP
Communion: You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916-1997
Tune: BICENTENNIAL, CM with refrain; Robert E. Kreutz, 1922-1996
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Sending Forth: Let All things Now Living
Text: Katherine K. David, 1892-1980 alt. © 1939, 1966, E. C. Schirmer Music Co.
Tune: ASH GROVE, 66 11 66 11 D; Welsh; harm, by Gerald H. Knight, 1908-1979, © the Royal School of Church Music
Mass of Renewal
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Music © 2009, Curtis Stephan. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.
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