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September 25, 2005 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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FIRST READING:
Ezek. 18: 25-28 "When the sinner decides to turn against his sinfulness, he deserves to live."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 25 "Remember your mercy, Lord."

SECOND READING:
Phil. 2: 1-11 "In your minds be as Christ Jesus."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Jn. 10: 27 "My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me."

GOSPEL: Mt. 21: 28-32
"He went out moved by regret. The tax collectors and prostitutes will precede you into the kingdom of God."


FOCUS: The worshipping community consists of those who do the will of the God, rather than those who call themselves Christians.


REFLECTION: "Your laziness in spiritual occupations arises from the enthusiasm with which you have taken upon physical work. Do not be too much carried away by your work, otherwise your head will become confused. And if your head is confused, your heart will become confused as well ."
Theophane the Recluse

"If you could but realize what a difference it makes, a life well lived, the peace of mind it would bring you, the encouragement it would give to others, I can't help thinking you would be more deeply concerned about your progress in the spiritual life."
St. Thomas ˆ Kempis

"God has not called his servants to a mediocre, ordinary life, but rather to the perfection of a sublime holiness since he said to his disciples: "Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." Bl. Henry Suso

In your
minds
be as
Christ Jesus.

"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

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduction to the Liturgy: The parable of the two sons calls us to evaluate the sincerity of our commitments.
Sample General Intercessions:
Introduction: Gathered together in Christ as sisters and brothers, let us call to mind God's many blessings and ask him to hear the prayers which he himself inspires us to ask:
For the holy Church of God: that the Lord guide it and protect it;
For all peoples of the world: that the Lord unite us in peace and harmony;
For all our sisters and brothers in need: that we may assist them;
For ourselves and our community: that our lives are acceptable to Our Lord.

Consider using an alternate response for the general intercession. One such response, drawn from today's psalm is, "Remember your mercy, Lord."
Preface: Seventh for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Introduce the breaking of the bread by stating that this bread is the food that opens us to a change of heart.

Concluding Rite:
Prayers over the People: Sixth, fifteenth or seventeenth.

Faith Formation
This is a hard parable to understand. Translation and time have taken their toll on the meaning of the metaphor. Looking beyond these constraints, we see that Jesus wanted to tell us to get out in the fields and work for God who is love. The fields here refers to our families and communities. In all our relationships, let us be humble and loving. Let us put the interests of others before our own. Our attitude must be Christ's: we must love everyone, even prostitutes and tax collectors.
How could you be more merciful? (See quote from Mother Teresa above.)

Song suggestions:
How Can I Be a Friend WCH
Where Charity and Love Prevail BB/MI,
CVH, GTR PMB, WCH, WP

Children's Liturgy of the Word
Jesus warns us that it is not enough to say that we will do something; we must actually do it. It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must really love everyone. We must be merciful. We must be like Christ
How can we be more merciful? What does it mean, to be merciful?

GATHERING SONG:
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
All That is Hidden (Farrell) BB/MI, JS2
Alleluia, People of God (Deiss) BB, GP, JS2
At the Name of Jesus BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Canticle of the Sun (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
GTR, RS, W&S, WCH
Change Our Hearts (Cooney) BB, JS2, S&S
For the Life of the World (Haas) G2-575
Gather Us In (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
GTR, RS, W&S, WCH
Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GP, G2, JS2,
GTR, RS, S&S, W&S, WCH
God, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle GC
Hold Me in Life (Huijbers, Oosterhuis)
BB/MI, CBW III, GTR, GC, JS2, RS, S&S
Jesus Is Life (Landry) BB, GP, HM, JS2
Kingdom Come! BB/MI, JS, S&S
Lead Me, Guide Me LMGM
Lead Me, Lord (Haas) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Let Us Be One PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH
Let Us Go to the Altar (Schutte) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2, S&S
Lord, You Have Come BB/MI, JS2, S&S
My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen) CCH-
23, GTR-137 GC-328, RS-495
Praise to the Lord ACH, BB, CCH, CVH,
GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, SM, SS, W&S, WP
O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God BB,
CCH, CVH, CBW III, JS2
Out of Darkness (Walker) BB/MI, GC, JS2,
S&S
Sing Hey for the Carpenter (Bell) G2, GC
Remember Your Mercy, Lord (Inwood) BB,
JS2, S&S
There Is One Lord (Berthier) CCH, RS, WP
You Are the Way CVH, SS, W&S, WCH
Yours Is the Kingdom (Miffleton) SM,
S&S, WCH

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 25: To You, O Lord (Soper) BB
Psalm 25: To you, O Lord (Joncas) BB, GTR,
GC, GPCOMP, RS, S&S
Psalm 25: Teach me your ways, O Lord
(Proulx) W3R-877
Psalm 25: Remember your mercies, O
Lord (Joncas) W3R-945
Psalm 25: To you, O Lord (Guimont) CCH-
479, RS-51
Psalm 25: No One who Waits (Guimont)
CCH-767 4
Psalm 25: Teach me your ways (Haas) G2-
33 2, RS-54 2
To You, O God, I Lift Up My Soul (Hurd)
BB, S&S
To You, O Lord (Alstott) BB, JS2, S&S
Psalm 25: To you, O Lord (Kreutz)
PSALMS, S&S

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Christ Is Here (Walker) BB, JS2, S&S
Grant Us, Lord Thy Mercy (F. Schubert)
312-41546
Here I Am, Lord (Ward) GC, JS2, PMB2,
RS, SM, W&S, WCH
Here I Am, Lord (Chepponis) G-3292
I Have Loved You (Joncas) BB, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S
I Lift Up My Soul (Manion) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Jesus, the Lord (O'Connor) BB, CBW III,
CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, RS, S&S
Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda)
SM, S&S, WCH, 7693 WLP
Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen) G2,
GC
Lord, Give Sucess to Our Work
(Chepponis) SM, W&S
Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness GC, GTR
Lord, Who at Your First Eucharist BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, JS2, PMB2, SS, WP
New Testament Canticle (Englert)
PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH
New Testament Canticle (Joncas)
BB, GPCOMP, S&S
O Father, We Have Wandered CCH, WP
On the Day I Called You (Cooney) BB/
MI, GP2, S&S
Remember Your Love (Dameans) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, RS
Send Down the Fire (Haugen) G2, GC
Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, JS2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GP, G2, GPCOMP, GTR, SM, S&S
The Love of God (Currie) G-3023
We Are All One People (Schutte) ACH, BB
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GP, JS2,
PMB2, S&S, W&S, WCH

COMMUNION:
Abba! Father! (Landry) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,
CVH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS,
WCH, WP, W&S, (Proulx: G-2326)
Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, CCH,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, S&S
Give Thanks and Remember (Miffleton)
PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH
Here I Am, Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
JS2, RS, S&S, W&S
Here I Am, Lord (Ward) GC, JS2, PMB2,
RS, SM, W&S, WCH,
How Can I Be a Friend SM, W&S, WCH
I Will Sing, I Will Sing (Dyer) G2, GC
Jesus the Bread of Life (Brown) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, LMGM, S&S
Lord, We Share in This One True Bread
(Walker) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Now With God at Table We Sit Down
(Stamps) GC, GP JS2, S&S [formerly "God
And Man at Table are Sat Down"]
Remember Your Mercy, Lord BB, GTR,
GC-885
Unless a Grain of Wheat (Hurd) BB/MI,
JS2, S&S
The Cup We Bless (Willcock) BB/MI, GP2,
JS2, S&S
Where Charity and Love Prevail
AF-11-10120, BB/MI, CCH, CVH, GC,
GTR, PMB2, RS, SM, W&S, WCH, WP
Where There Is Love (Walker) BB/MI
JS2, S&S
Your Love Is Finer Than Life (Haugen)
CCH, GTR, GC
Your Love, O God, Has All the World
Created CCH, WP

SONG OF PRAISE:
Table Prayer GTR, GC, RS
Ubi Caritas (Berthier) GC, GTR, G-2586,
TAIZE II, WP
Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2, S&S
Where There Is Charity (Marchionda)
PMB2, 7949 WLP
Where There Is Love (Hughes) G-2555

CLOSING SONG:
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, WCH, WP
All of You Are One (Willcock) PMB2, SM
All That I Counted as Grain GC, GTR
All My Days (Schutte) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
At the Name of Jesus (Walker) BB, HM,
JS2, S&S
Bring Forth the Kingdom CCH, GC, GTR
Creator of the Stars of Night BB, CCH-195,
GC-337, JS2
I Will Sing of the Lord (Foley) GP, GC,
GTR, JS2, S&S
Let There Be Peace on Earth ACH,
BB, JS2, PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
CCH, CVH, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Now Go Forward G2, GC
O Bless the Lord (Michaels) BB/MI,
CBW III, JS2, S&S
O Bless the Lord, My Soul (Walker)
BB/MI, JS2, S&S
Path of Life (Dameans) BB, GP, GPCOMP,
JS2, S&S
Rejoice, the Lord Is King BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, SS, WP
Sent Forth by God's Blessing BB/MI,
PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH
Servant Song (Fisher) G2-489, GC-683
Stand Up, Friends GC-478
The Kingdom of God (Deiss) BB, SM, S&S
The Kingdom of God (Parry) CVH, WP
There Is One Lord (Deiss) PMB2, WCH
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
BB, CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, RS, W&S, WP
We Are the Light of the World ACH,
BB, CVH, GC, JS2, PMB2, S&S, WCH
We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
GTR, RS, WCH, W&S, WP