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July 10, 2005 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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FIRST READING: Is. 55: 10-11 "The rain makes the earth fruitful."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Ps. 65
"Some seed fell into rich soil, and produced its crop."

SECOND READING:
Rom. 8: 18-23 "All creation groans and is in the agony (of birth)."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Mt. 13 "A sower went out to sow."

GOSPEL: Mt. 13: 1-23
"Part (of the seed ) landed on good soil and yielded grain a hundred- or sixty- or thirty-fold. Let everyone heed what he hears."

FOCUS: "The seed is the word of God, the sower is Christ. Everyone who finds him will live forever."

REFLECTION: There is much suffering in the world... Some suffer from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta


The Rule of St. Benedict
Feastday July 11
O Lord, I place myself in your hands and dedicate myself to you. I pledge myself to do your will in allthings:to love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength. Not to kill, not to steal, not to covet, not to bear false witness, to honor all persons. Not to do to another what I should not want done to myself...To relieve the poor. To clothe the naked. To visit the sick. To bury the dead. To help in trouble. To console the sorrowing. To hold myself from worldly ways. To prefer nothing to the love of Chirst. Not to give way to anger. Not to foster a desire for revenge. Not to entertain deceit in the heart. Not to make a false peace. Not to forsake charity. Not to swear, lest I swear falsely. To speak the truth with heart and tongue. Not to return evil for evil... to bear patiently injury done to me... Not to be proud. Not to be a detractor...To refer the good I see in myself to God. To refer any evil I see in myself to myself...To avoid much speaking. To pray often... Not to desire to be thought holy, but to seek holiness... To hate no one. Not be jealous or envious of anyone. Not to love strife. To make peace...
Grant O Gracious O Holy Father upon me to bestow: the mind to understand you...diligence to seek You, wisdom to find You, and a spirit to know You.

That there is any love or mercy at all in this world of rocks and wind confirms the existence of God who is love and mercy.
Sr. M. Agnita

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Prayer introductions could incorporate the idea that we are in a constant state of conversion. Seeds sown in love need constant attention.
Introduce the liturgy by proclaiming that the word we hear today contains the seeds of our deeper conversion.

Penitential Rite: see third form with second or third set of sample invocations.

General Intercession:
Introduction:
My brothers and sisters, may all who follow Christ proclaim the gospel, the Good News. Let us pray to God to bring the seeds of the gospel to bloom on earth:
• For all those who gather in the Holy Spirit of God, that he will help them to be faithful to their baptismal call;
• For peace among nations, that God may help us to rid ourselves of violence;
• For the aged who suffer from loneliness and infirmity, that we will sustain them by our love;
• For all of us gathered here, that God will teach us to use wisely the good things he has given us.

Introduce the breaking of the bread by proclaiming that the Eucharist gives us the grace to love as Jesus loved, to serve others beyond our own individual capacity.

Concluding Rite:Prayers over the People: 20

Faith Formation
What is it that creation is giving birth to? The Kingdom of God. By that we mean the reign of love and peace on earth. So far it has not been an easy birth. But we can help: Those of us who have the advantage of having heard the Good News, are the seed that falls on good soil IF we respond to the news with what Jesus asks of us: to love one another.
Song suggestions:
We Are Called (Haas) GTR
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, SM, WCH


Children's Liturgy of the Word
How can we show our love for God? Read and discuss the Rule of St. Benedict. He lived from about AD 480 until 547, and founded many monasteries throughout Europe. He gave them these rules in order to set forth the Christian way of life. His twin sister was St. Scholastica, who founded convents that followed St. Benedict's way. Many Benedictine monasteries and convents are still flourishing.
Song suggestions:
Only a Shadow (Landry) GP, GPCOMP
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) 529 BB/
MI, CBW II, CVH, GP, PMB, WCH

GATHERING SONG:
Alive in Christ Jesus (Haas) CCH, G2-573,
GC
All Hail, Adored Trinity BB/MI, CVH,
GPCOMP, PMB2, W&S
All the Earth (Deiss) BB/MI, PMB2, SM,
W&S, WCH
Anthem (Conry) BB/MI, GC, GP, G2,
GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S
Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2,
RS, SS, SM, W&S, WCH
Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power
CVH, SS, WP
City of God (Schutte) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2,
RS, SS, SM, W&S, WCH
Come to the Feast (Haugen) CCH, G2-350
Come, Ye Thankful PeopleGC, RS, SS, WP
Father Almighty (Walsh) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Gather Your People (Hurd) BB, JS2, S&S
God Is Love (Haas) BB/MI, GTR, GC, S&S
I Sing the Mighty Power of God BB/MI,
CVH, GPCOMP, SS, WP
Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love GC,
GTR, G-3000, LMGM, RS, TWC, WCH,
W&S, WP
Lift Up Your Hearts (O'Connor)
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2,
JS2, RS, SS, SM, S&S, W&S, WCH
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
CVH, GC, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Not by Bread Alone (Reagan) G2-362, GC-
517
On Holy Ground (Pena) G2-514
Out of Darkness (Walker) BB, GC, G2,
JS2, RS, S&S
Parable (Ridge) BB, HM, JS2, S&S
Sow the Word (Zavelli/Janco) G-211,
G2-361
The Gift of Love (Hopson) 11-33-99-773
The Harvest of Justice (Haas) GTR, GC, RS
The Son of God Proclaim BB/MI, JS2,
PMB2, SS, W&S
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2,
RS, SS, SM, W&S, WCH, WP
What Is This Place (Oosterhuis) BB/MI,
GC, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S, WP
You Shall Love the Lord Your God
(Englert) PMB2, WCH, W&S

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Thy Kingdom Come (Cooney) G2-466, RS-
776
Psalm 65: The seed that falls on good
ground (Guimont) G2-60, GC-64
Psalm 65: The seed that falls on good
ground (Currie) WP
Psalm 65: The seed that falls on good ground PARM A1

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Answer When I Call (Foley) BB, GP, JS2
Bring Forth the Kingdom (Haugen) CCH-
360, G-280, G2-468, GC-658, RS-772
Canticle of Zachary GC, GTR, G2
Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GTR, RS, W&S, WCH
Here I Am, Lord (Chepponis) G-3292
Here I Am, Lord (Ward) GC, JS2, PMB2,
W&S, WCH
Here I Am, Lord (Verdi) G-3021
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
CCH, CVH, PMB2, SS, MSM 50-8700
Humbly We Adore Thee CVH, PMB2, SS,
WCH, W&S
In Christ There Is No East or West
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS, RS, PMB2, W&S, WCH, WOV, WP
Only a Shadow (Landry) BB, GP, S&S
Praise To You, O Christ, Our Savior
(Farrell) BB, GC, RS, S&S
Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/MI,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, G2, JS2, RS, S&S
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB, CCH, GC
GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
This Is My Commandment CVH, SS, WP
Turn to Me (Foley) BB, GP, JS2, S&S
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) BB/MI,
CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, HM,
JS, RS, PMB2, W&S, WCH
Where Is Love and Loving Kindness 7207
OCP
Word of God, Come Down on Earth BB,
CBW III, CVH, GC, JS2, RS, PMB2,
W&S, WCH, WP
COMMUNION:
Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,
CVH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS,
SM, SS, WCH, WP, WS, (Proulx: G-2326)
Give Thanks and Remember (Miffleton)
PMB2, W&S, WCH
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Foley) GC, G-3935, RS
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Joncas) BB, GPCOMP, G2, GC, GTR, S&S
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Walker) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
I Am the Vine (Miffleton) BB, PMB2, W&S
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
CCH, CVH, PMB2, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Jubilate, Servite (Berthier) GC, TAIZE
Let Us Break Bread Together ACH, BB,
GPCOMP, HL-402-12104, PMB2, W&S,
WCH, WP
Lord, You Have the Words (Proulx)
CCH, G-1804
On Eagle's Wings (Joncas) ACH, BB, CBW
III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2, JS2, RS,
SS, SM, S&S, W&S, WCH
Pan De Vida BB, GC, JS2, RS, S&S
Seed, Scattered and Sown (Feiten) BB/MI,
GTR, GC, G2, JS2, RS, S&S
Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, G2, JS2, RS, S&S
Thy Kingdom Come (Cooney) G2, GC, RS
To Be Your Bread (Haas) BB/MI, JS2,
PMB2, S&S
Ubi Caritas (Berthier) CBW III, GC, GTR,
G-2586, RS, TAIZE II, WP
You Are Near (Schutte) BB, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2, JS2, RS, S&S
You Have Looked upon the Lowly PMB2,
SM, W&S, WCH
You Shall Love the Lord Your God
(Englert) PMB2, WCH, W&S

SONG OF PRAISE:
All My Days (Schutte) BB/MI, GP, S&S
Christ Is Alive BB, CBW III, CCH, WP
Dwelling Place (Foley) BB, CBW III, GP
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Choose Life (Marchionda) WCH, 7936
W&S
No Greater Love (Joncas) BB, G-3140,
GTR, GC, G2, RS
Song of All Seed (Oosterhuis) BB, CBW
III, GC, G2, JS2, S&S
Wisdom, My Road (Palmer) 7263 WLP

CLOSING SONG:
A New Commandment (Ward) SM, W&S
Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord
(Fishel) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GTR, G2, JS2,
RS, S&S, SM, WCH, W&S
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
ACH, BB, CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Believe and Repent (Meltz) PMB2, WCH
Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB,
CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2,
RS, S&S, SS, W&S
Change Our Hearts (Cooney) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Father, We Thank Thee CBW III, CVH,
CCH, HM, PMB2, SM, SS, WP, WCH
ACH, BB, CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
How Shall They Hear the Word of God
7204 STM, WP
Just a Closer Walk with Thee JS2, LMGM,
PMB2, SM, W&S
Praise the Lord of Heaven (Ps. 148) CVH,
PMB2, SS, WP
Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him
ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH,
JS2, PMB2, W&S, WCH, WP
Sent Forth by God's Blessing BB/MI,
PMB2, SS, WP
Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands)
BB/ MI, G2, GTR, GC, JS2, RS, S&S
Sing to the Mountains (Dufford) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS, RS
Song at the Center (Haugen) G2-345,
GC-490
Song of Good News (Jabusch) ACH,
CBW III, CVH, PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH
The Church's One Foundation ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GC,
GPCOMP, HM, PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S,
WP
The Word Is in Your Heart (Moore) G2,
GC, RS
There's a Spirit in the Air CCH, PMB2,
SS, WP
Your Word Went Forth CCH, RS