A Walk-Through Sunday Mass – April 26, 2020

Please see our worship aid, “A Walk-Through Sunday Mass @ Home,” for this coming Sunday. We are in the third Sunday of Easter, and in the Gospel, we have the famous Emmaus encounter of the disciples. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, let our hearts burn within us as we hear the Word of God. We too are called to encounter Jesus, the Risen Lord in Word and Sacrament. This worship aid contains the readings, reflection questions that you can meditate on together, prayers and even a prayer for spiritual communion. As usual, please use the script provided below and encourage your family members to participate – anyone who can read is able to lead the various parts.

Fr. Devdas

A Walk-Through Sunday Mass – April 26, 2020

Sign of the Cross:
Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family to celebrate the Lord’s Day.
One with our sisters and brothers
and with the entire Church, let us now listen to God’s Word
and join in prayer.

All: Amen.


Litany in Praise of God’s Mercy
(Together, we acknowledge how grateful we are for the mercy of God.)

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God’s love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion. Lord Jesus, you take away our fear in times of trouble:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds after we hurt each other:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you are the life that renews the world:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.


Glory to God in the Highest:
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.

Opening Prayer:
Leader: Let us pray,
May your people exult forever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. 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. Amen.


Reading: ACTS 2:14, 22-33
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.
You who are Israelites, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
For David says of him:
I saw the Lord ever before me,
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.

“My brothers, one can confidently say to you
about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
nor did his flesh see corruption.
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father
and poured him forth, as you see and hear.”

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.


Questions to Reflect on:

  • Peter’s address follows a pattern that became common in the early Church: 1) An explanation of what was happening; 2) The proclamation of the death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus; 3) An exhortation repentance and conversion. In what ways are you being called to repent and grow in your own life?
  • Here we see Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaiming the Good News that Jesus is the savior of the world. In what ways can you currently proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the world, especially during this coronavirus pandemic?

Responsorial Psalm: PS 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11

R: (11a) Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.

You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Lord, you will show us the path of life.
or:
R. Alleluia.


Reading: 1 PT 1:17-21
Beloved: If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially
according to each one’s works,
conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning,
realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,
handed on by your ancestors,
not with perishable things like silver or gold
but with the precious blood of Christ
as of a spotless unblemished lamb.

He was known before the foundation of the world
but revealed in the final time for you,
who through him believe in God
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.


Questions to Reflect on:

  • Peter is telling us that we will all be judged and is encouraging us to conduct ourselves with reverence. God is a just judge, but also a loving Father who wants to help us overcome our sins and weaknesses. During this time of quarantine, how is God calling you to grow? Are there certain habitual sins or bad habits that he is calling you to break from?
  • Jesus was the sinless spotless lamb who paid the price for our sins. Jesus was the solution then and continues to be the solution for all the problems in our lives now. Do you have hope that if you ask for God’s help, he will help you overcome your struggles, and in what ways can you invoke his help?

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel: LK 24:13-35
That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him,
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Questions to Reflect on:

  • Jesus joined the two disciples, but their eyes were preventing them from recognizing him. What do you think was preventing them? Was it poor vision, their presumption that he was dead, or something else? Take some time to reflect on the things in your life that prevent you from recognizing Jesus.
  • Jesus points out that it was necessary for him to suffer so that others may believe, and he may enter into his glory. Hearing this, does it give you confidence that God has a plan for everything and that “all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)?

Homily:
This week is the third Sunday of Easter. In the readings, particularly in the Gospel reading, we have an encouraging theme that no matter what happens in our lives, the Risen Lord is with us, but often because of our sin we fail to recognize Him. The Emmaus incident is the story of a God who will not abandon us, especially when we are hurt or disappointed. It was a great privilege for the two disciples on the Emmaus journey to meet Jesus, to walk with Him, to listen to Him explaining the Scriptures, and to share the Eucharist with Him. Yes, certainly it was a great privilege to walk with the Lord by their side. Wouldn’t you love to have been with those two disciples, part of this experience on the road to Emmaus? But, in fact, every time we celebrate the Eucharist here in our church with our faith community we meet Jesus in the same way. Jesus explained the Scriptures to the two disciples: “He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”; we also listen to the Scriptures when readings are proclaimed and interpreted in the Church.

The readings today invite us to encounter the Risen Lord. The first reading is taken from the beginning of Peter’s first public proclamation about Jesus and how God raised Jesus from death, thus fulfilling the Messianic prophecies about the promised descendant of David. During his speech, Peter refers to Israel’s beloved King David, quoting Psalm 16, and asserts that David “foresaw and spoke about the Resurrection of the Christ.” The reading tries to describe a time before the earliest Christians realized that God was calling them to embrace all people. At this stage, they believed that they were the only Jews to have recognized the Messianic identity of Jesus, and their goal was only to convince other Jews of what they had seen and experienced.

In the second reading, Peter exhorts the early Christians to place their Faith and Hope in God Who saved them through the precious Blood of His Son and raised Jesus from the dead. Peter repeats the assertion made in Acts that Jesus’ death and Resurrection was part of God’s plan from all eternity. Hence, Jesus’ sufferings and subsequent glorification by God should serve to center the Christian’s Faith and Hope in God Who has accepted those sufferings as an act of Redemption for all humankind. From this reassuring truth, Christians should sense God’s providence in their own situations for the whole of their lives and should understand the place of their present struggles in a broader perspective. The foundation of our faith must be the Resurrection of Jesus, and Peter contends that it is essential for everyone in the Christian community to have the experience of the Risen Jesus in his or her life.

The Gospel reading is a beautiful, theological dramatization of a collection of accountings of the encounters of the disciples with their Risen Lord during those wonder-filled days after the discovery of the empty tomb. Two disciples of Jesus, discouraged and devastated, set out on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus and were met by a Stranger. The disciples began to speak to the Stranger about all that had happened in Jerusalem during the previous week. They were “prevented” from recognizing the Stranger, Jesus, perhaps partly by preoccupation with their own disappointment and problems. As they journeyed on, Jesus showed them how the Scriptures had foretold all that He had done and suffered, including His death and its purpose. His coming to them and walking alongside of them illustrates the truth that the road to Emmaus is a road of companionship with Jesus, Who desires to walk with us. 

The Risen Lord, now freed from the space-time limits of His earthly life, is present in our midst and wants to be our Friend. He desires that we walk with Him and with one another: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. . .” (Isaiah 43:2-3). He wants to journey with us especially during this time of fear and uncertainty, Psalm 119 says, as your companion. 

Yes, it was a great privilege for the two disciples on the road to Emmaus to meet, to listen to, and to share the Eucharist with Jesus. Their encounter with the Risen Lord changed their lives by removing their fears and uncertainties. We too face a similar situation of fear and uncertainty. Our hopes are shattered, and there is great uncertainty and fear about the future. The Emmaus encounter must give us hope and confidence that the Risen Lord is watching over us, and He is willing to walk with us provided we open our hearts to Him like the two disciples who welcomed Jesus to stay with them. Let us remember that our God is always with us, watching over us. As Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Mathew: “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20).

Prayer of the Faithful:

Leader: The wisdom of the scriptures reveals God’s plan for us. As we journey with Christ, let us pray that his path of life may become clearer each day.

Response: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For our Church leaders, especially Pope Francis, Bishop Robert, and our priests that they may continue to nourish the faithful with God’s word from the scriptures: We pray to the Lord.
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For leaders of nations that justice and peace guide their ever present and future actions: We pray to the Lord.
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For those suffering in the darkness and despair; that the scriptures may be explained to them as light and truth: We pray to the Lord.
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For our faith community that each one of us may recognize the real presence of the risen Lord in the Eucharistic “breaking of bread:” We pray to the Lord.
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For our families that there may be peace, forgiveness and the strength to overcome trials and challenges: We pray to the Lord.
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For the sick and their caregivers that they may be a source of healing and comfort to one another: We pray to the Lord
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For those who are suffering in the outbreak of the coronavirus that they might be healed, and for the happy repose of all who have died from this sickness in recent weeks: We pray to the Lord
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

  • For the dead, that they may rise to the fullness of joy in God’s presence: We pray to the Lord.
    R: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: God, our Father, our hearts burn within us as we listen to your only begotten Son; accept the prayers of pilgrims on his path of life. We ask this, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our Father:

A Litany for Spiritual Communion:

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Antiphon:

The Lord anointed my eyes: I went, I washed,
I saw and I believed in God.

Closing Prayer:
Look with kindness upon your people, O Lord, and grant, we pray, that those you were pleased to renew by eternal mysteries may attain in their flesh the incorruptible glory of the resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.

Leader: May the Lord bless us
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.


Prayer to Divine Providence:
O Sweet and Tender Providence of God, into Thy hands I commend my spirit, to Thee I abandon myself, my hopes, my fears, my desires, my repugnances, my temporal and eternal prospects. To Thee I commit the wants of my perishable body, to Thee I commit the far more precious interests of my immortal soul, for whose interests I have nothing to fear while I withdraw it not from Thy bosom. Though my faults are many, my misery great, my spiritual poverty extreme, my hope in Thee surpasses all. It is greater than my difficulties, stronger than death. Though temptations should assail me, I will hope in Thee, though I should sink beneath my weakness, I will hope in Thee still, though I should break my resolutions a thousand times, I will look to Thee confidently for grace to keep them at last; though Thou shouldst slay me, even then will I trust Thee, for Thou art my God, my Father and my Friend. Thou art my kind, my tender, my indulgent Parent, and I am Thy loving Child, who cast myself into Thy Arms and beg Thy blessing, who put my trust in Thee, and so trusting, shall never be confounded.

Providence did provide. Providence can provide. Providence will provide. O loving Providence of God we commit this cause to Thee.