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August 1, 2004 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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July 25, 2004 Seventeeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING:

Ecclesiastes 1: 2; 2: 21-23 “What does all their labor profit them? All is vanity and life is fleeting.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Ps.95 "O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts."

SECOND READING:

Col. 3:1-5, 9-11 “Seek the things that are above, where Christ is.”

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

Mt. 5: 3 "Happy are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!"

GOSPEL: Lk. 12: 13-21

"Why are you preparing these things?" Jesus tells the parable of the rich man with a good harvest.”

FOCUS: "Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind."

We are to seek lasting treasures and the wealth that is the gift of God. We must be careful to avoid greed and materialism in all its forms.

REFLECTION: "Even though the poor are often rough and unrefined, we must not judge them from external appearances nor from the mental gifts they have received. On the contrary, if you consider the poor in the light of faith, then you will observe that they are taking the place of the Son of God who chose to be poor. Although in his passion he almost lost the appearance of a man and was considered a fool by the Gentiles and a stumbling block to the Jews, he showed them that his mission was to preach to the poor." St. Vincent de Paul

"A shadow's shadow, a world of shadow (Eccles. 1; 2)-nothing matters except loving God."

Thomas Kempis

"Many people understand about the ultimate effects of illusion, for

these are clearly manifest. What is more important is to learn how this illusion arises. It starts from a false thought, which serves as the foundation of all the delusions and all the disastrous infirmities that afflict the soul. A false thought in the mind already contains the whole structure of illusion, just as a seed sown in the earth contains the whole plant which grows out of it."

Theophane the Recluse

"Happy are the poor in spirit;

the kingdom of heaven is theirs!"

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: All that is of value in this life comes from God and is given freely. It is up to us to rid ourselves of the greed and avarice that prevent us from seeing and feeling God's grace. Introduce the Lord's Prayer by saying that Jesus taught us to pray simply and to appeal directly to our Father who is the source of all. Introduce the breaking of the bread by proclaiming that this is the bread that disrupts our sense of security in worldy possessions.

General Intercessions-

Introduction: My brothers and sisters, God is the source of eternal nourishment. Let us offer our prayers to God, whose gifts are without limits:

- For the Church of God, that we will joyfully proclaim and live our faith in Christ the eternal gift from God;

- For peace and well-being of the whole world, that God's gift to us in this life will lead us to salvation in the life to come;

- For those who suffer from hunger, sickness, or loneliness, that the gift of Christ's presence bring them health and peace;

- For our community and our families, who welcome Christ into their lives: that they learn to receive him in the poor and suffering people of this world.

Prayers over the People: 15

or

Solemn Blessing: 5 of solemn blessing in Ordinary Time

Faith Formation

Today's gospel reading leads us to examine our priorities and values. We will soon pass away like everyone else. But we needn't fear because we are baptized in the Lord. Baptism is a covenant between us and God. It is like a marriage contract where both parties give themselves to each other. We give ourselves to God by striving to live in the light of God' word, and God gives us eternal life.

- What are your most important priorities?

- How does greed affect your spiritual life?

- What does God ask of you?

Make the connection that our participation at Sunday liturgy is the wellspring from which we can properly assess our values.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Recount the story of King Midas and his golden touch, a tale which demonstrates tragedy of greed.

- What is the difference between wanting things and being greedy?

- In what ways does having too many things affect you?

- How does God help us to keep from being greedy?

One way to learn is from others. We learn from Jesus how to love and be merciful. We learn from God that we should give freely becauseGod gives freely.

GATHERING SONG:

Abundant Life GC, RS

All the Earth (Deiss) BB/MI, 208 PMB,

WCH

All Who Love and Serve Your City CVH,

WP

All You Nations (Deiss) HM, PMB, WCH,

W&S

At the Name of Jesus AF-33-99-163, BB/

MI, CBW III, CVH, JS, WCH, WP

Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, GC,

GPCOMP, GTR, RS

Bless the Feast (Hansen) BB/MI, GP2, S&S

Come, Let Us Join with One Accord CVH,

CCH, RS

Come Down, O Love Divine BB/MI, CBW

III, CVH, PMB, WOV, WP

Come, Worship the Lord (Talbot) BB,

S&S

Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, WCH, W&S

Faithful Family (Cooney) BB/MI, GP2, S&S

God Is Working His Purpose Out CCH,

CVH, HM, WP

I Give You a New Commandment (Aston)

G-4331, RS

In Christ There Is No East or West BB/MI,

CBW II, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, RS,

PMB, WCH, WOV, WP

Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love BB,

LMGM, TWC, WP, W&S

O Bless the Lord (Michaels) BB/MI, CBW

III, S&S

O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Ps. 90) ACH, BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS, WCH, WOV, WP

Praise Ye the Lord, Ye Children (Proulx) 11-0322

Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI, CBW

III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S,

W&S

Stand Up, Friends! (Haas) GC, G-3948

The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Cotter)

CCH, G-4081, RS

The Day is Near (Huijbers) BB, GC, GTR

Who Can Measure Heaven and Earth RS,

WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

Psalm 95: If You Hear the Voice of God

(MacAller) BB

Psalm 95: If Today You Hear Gods Voice

(Smith) BB

Psalm 95: Morning Hymn (Joncas) BB

Psalm 95: If today you hear God's voice

(Haas) GTR, GC

23 PFAS (Hughes)

If Today You Hear His Voice BB/MI, GTR

33 PSALMS (Kreutz)

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

All That We Have GTR, GC

Be with Me, Lord (Haugen) GPCOMP,

GTR, RS, WCH

Be With Me, Lord (Joncas) BB/MI, JS, PMB,

S&S

Because the Lord Is My Shepherd

(Walker) BB/MI, GTR, JS

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come BB, WP

For Peace (Oomen) BB, JS, S&S

How Shall I Sing to God? (Haas) CCH, G-

3453, RS

I Found the Treasure (Schutte) GP2, S&S

I Lift My Heart WCH, W&S

Just a Closer Walk with Thee PMB, SM

Lord, When You Come (Garbarian) BB/MI,

CVH, LMGM , JS, S&S, WCH, W&S

Now the Day of the Lord is at Hand WP

Of the Kindness of the Lord (Proulx) G2,

G-3274

On This Day, the First of Days BB,

CVH, JS, PMB, RS, WCH, WP

Only In God (Foley) CBW III, GP, GP2,

S&S

Praise God in His Holy Dwelling

(Vermulst) GTR, GC, PMB, W&S, WCH

Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB, CBW III, S&S,

W&S, WCH, WP

Seek Ye the Lord (Lovelace) 11-2230

The Cry of the Poor (Foley) ACH, BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, S&S, WCH, W&S

The Love of Christ the Lord (Valentine)

G2, G-4814, RS

When I Was Hungry OCP 9007

Word of God, Come Down on Earth BB,

CBW III, CVH, JS, PMB, RS, WP

What Does the Lord Require RS, WP,

WOV

COMMUNION:

Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB, CBW

III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S,

WCH, W&S

Bread and Wine (Young) CCH, G2, G-4066,

RS

Come, Taste and See (Becker) BB/MI, GP2,

S&S

Earthen Vessels (Foley) BB, GP, GP4, S&S

I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) ACH, BB,

CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, S&S,

W&S, WCH, WP

I Am the Bread of Life (Englert) PMB, SM,

WCH, W&S

I Come with Joy (Lovelace) 11-1697

I Was Hungry (Marchionda) WCH, S&S

Jesus Christ, Inner Light (Toolan) BB/MI,

GP2, JS

Jesus, Bread of Life (Marchionda) WCH,

W&S

Keep in Mind (Deiss) BB, GC, JS, PMB,

RS, WCH, W&S

Let Us Be Bread (Porter) CCH, G-3355, RS

Lord, as the Grain (Schalk) 11-2201

Our Blessing Cup (Joncas) BB/MI, GC, GP,

GPCOMP, GTR, JS

Our Blessing Cup (Hurd) BB/MI, GP2,

HM, JS

One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH, BB/

MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, WCS,

W&S

Only This I Want (Schutte) CBW III, GC,

GP, GPCOMP, S&S

Pan De Vida BB, GC, JS, RS, S&S

See Us, Lord, about Your Altar ACH, BB/

MI, CBW II, CVH, JS, PMB, WCH

Share Your Bread with the Hungry (Haas)

CCH, G-4734, G2

The Cup We Bless (Willcock) BB/MI, GP2

HM, S&S

The Love of the Lord (Joncas) G-3220, RS

The Lord Is My Shepherd OCP 8108

We Will Rise Again (Haas) BB, GTR, S&S

We Are Many Parts (Haugen) BB/MI, GC,

GTR, G2, RS, WCH, W&S

SONG OF PRAISE:

Choose Life (Marchionda) WCH, 7936 WS,

W&S

Dwelling Place (Foley) CBW III, GP 63

GPCOMP, JS. S&S

For the Healing of the Nations RS, WP

Hymn of Thanksgiving OCP 8003

Only In God (Talbot) BB, S&S, WCH, W&S

Sing Praise to God (Scarlatti) G-3650

We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, WCH, W&S

CLOSING SONG:

Beautiful Savior BB, SM, WCH

Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, S&S

City of God (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI, GC,

GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S, W&S,

WCH

Forth in Thy Name, O Lord CBW III,

CVH, WOV

God, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle GC, RS,

WP

God of the Hungry (Soper) BB/MI, GP2, JS

He Is the Lord (Haas) BB, S&S

I Am the Good Shepherd (Burroughs)

312-41049

O Holy City, Seen By John GTR, WP

O the Beautiful Treasures 689 WP

Out of Darkness (Walker) BB/MI, JS, S&S

Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing

CBW III

Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him

ACH, BB/MI, CBW II, CBW III, CVH, JS,

PMB, WCH, WOV, WP

Praise the Spirit in Creation WP, WP3

Praise to the Lord ACH, BB, CVH, GC,

GPCOMP, HM, JS, PMB, RS, WP

Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior

(Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GTR, JS, RS,

S&S

Sing Our God Together (Haas, Haugen)

CCH, G2, GC, G-3960, RS

Take Christ to the World BB, S&S

The Kingdom of God (Lovelace) CCH,

G-3250, RS

The Living God (Temple) CBW III, PMB,

SM, S&S, WCH,

To God with Gladness Sing GC, RS

You Alone (Cooney) BB, GPCOMP, S&S

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