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February 12, 2006 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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FIRST READING: Lev. 13: 1-2, 44-46 As long as he is unclean, he must live alone, outside the camp.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 32 I turn to you, Lord, in times of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

SECOND READING:
1 Cor. 10: 31:11-1 God in his wisdom predestined our glory before the ages began.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
See Lectionary 164; Alleluia

GOSPEL: Mt. 1: 40-45
He sent the leper from him and he was cured.

FOCUS: I have come not to abolish the law or the prophets but to complete them. Jesus taught that his law is not about what we can and cant do. Instead, we are given a new understanding: Not only our actions but even our thoughts and yearnings affect our ability to love God and all his children.

scriptural topics: healing, compassion, imitation of Christ, purification.

REFLECTION:
As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7

On a journey, a monk ran into a party of handmaids of the Lord. Seeing them he gave them a wide berth. But the Abbess said to him: If you were a perfect monk, you would not even have looked close enough to see that we were women.
Wisdom of the Desert Fathers


Two hermits encounter one another and respond with warm affection. They do not hesitate, or assess each other, they make no judgements. They open wide their arms. To accept people as they are without wanting to change them, is the essence of love.
Sister Wendy Beckett describing a 7th Century minature

I turn to you, Lord, in times of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the Sprinkling Rite: through the waters of baptism we have arrived in a land without borders, where there is new meaning to Gods law. Introduce the breaking of the bread: the Eucharist is a source of the grace we need to transform our thoughts and hearts so that we can live in this new land. Other sources of grace include being with people who love God (a wide-armed gesture could be used here), and prayer.

SUGGESTED PREFACE/PRAYER SELECTIONS:
Preface for Sundays in O.T.:
Seventh
Sample General Intercessions:
My brothers and sisters, let us pray to God who does wondrous things for us, because He loves us:
For the Holy Church of God, that it
remain attentive and awake to the
needs of all people;
For those who work for peace and
mercy, that they may have the
strength they need;
For those in positions of authority,
that the Lord Jesus will guide them
to seek good for all humankind;
For all those deprived of freedom be-
cause of what they believe or what
they are, that God will deliver them
from oppression;
For our parish and local community
that Christ will find us
watchful and ready at his coming;
May I have the discernment, O
Lord, to understand your Way and
to follow it all my life.
Prayers over the people:
Second or sixth

Faith Formation
What does the gospel say about
our inner thoughts?
Gods grace is necessary to achieve the peace of mind we need to do his bidding: Love thy neighbor as thyself. Lucky for us, Gods grace is coming right at us at all times. All we have to do is open our eyes to see it, open our hearts to feel it. God loves us. He loves Protestants and Catholics alike, and Muslims and Hindus, too.

Childrens Liturgy
of the Word
In todays gospel, Jesus tells us it isnt enough to be nice to people, in our hearts we have to really wish them well. This means accepting all Gods creatures as lovable, it means wanting other people to be happy, it means sincerely forgiving those who wrong us. Its not just that we cant be vindictive, it also means no desire for revenge, no desire to even the score*. Sometimes we have to just put things out of our minds and go on with following Jesus.
*A sports metaphor that older children understand. Pointing out a metaphor or analogy offers an opportunity to talk about teaching devices in general, methods of getting a point across.
Song Suggestions:
Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,
RS, S&S, WCH, W&S
Like a Sunflower (Landry) GP, YPGP

GATHERING SONG:
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS, WCH, WP
Anthem (Conry) BB/MI, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, JS2
Christians, Do You Hear the Lord? SS, WP
Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, JS, RS,
WCH, WOV, WP
Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CCH,
CVH, GPCOMP, GC, GTR, RS, SM,
W&S, WCH, WP
God Has Spoken By His Prophets ACH,
CVH, RS, WP
Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God
(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS, WCH
Lord, Your Almighty Word CVH, PMB2,
SS, W&S
O Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit CCH, SS,
WP
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Ps. 90)
ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC,
GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS, SS, SM, WCH,
WP
Prayer of Saint Francis (Temple)
ACH, BB/MI, CBW II, CVH, GPCOMP,
JS, PMB, RS, WCH
Save Us, O Lord (Dufford) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS
Seek the Lord (OConnor) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS, RS
Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,
RS
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
BB/MI, GC, JS, RS, WP
The Carpenter (Foley) CCH, GC, G-3931
Theyll Know We Are Christians
(Scholtes) ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, GC, JS,
SM, SS, WCH, W&S
The Kingdom of God (Parry) CVH, GC,
RS, WP
To Jesus Christ, Our Sovreign King
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS, PMB, RS, WCH
We Are the Light of the World ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, PMB2, SM,
S&S, W&S, WCH
We Gather Together ACH, BB, CVH,
GC, GPCOMP, JS, LMGM, PMB, WCH,
WP
What Is This Place (Oosterhuis) BB/MI,
GC, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, WP
Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old RS,
WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 32: I Turn to You, O Lord (Guimont)
CCH
Psalm 32: I Turn to You, O Lord (Cooney)
G2, GC
Psalm 32: I Turn to You, O Lord (Stewart)
RS
Psalm 32: I turn to you, Lord (LeBlanc)
W3R
I Turn to You, O Lord (Young) G-2896


PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Amazing Grace ACH, BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
JS, RS, SM, S&S, SS, WCH, WP, WS,
Proulx G-2326
Come to Set Us Free (Farrell) BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
Do Not Fear to Hope (Cooney) G2, GC
Domine Deus (Berthier) TAIZE II
From All That Dwell Below the Skies
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, JS, WCH, WP
Good News GC, LMGM, RS
Healer of Our Every Ill (Haugen) CCH,
GTR, GC, RS, WCH, W&S
Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, GC, JS, WCH, WP
Simple Gifts ACH, PMB
Take My Life and Let It Be ICEL
The King of Love, My Shepherd Is
BB/MI, CVH, GC, JS, RS, WP
We Have Been Told (Haas) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, SM, SS, W&S,
WCH
We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS,
SM, SS, W&S, WCH
What Does the Lord Require RS, SS, WP
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GP, JS2,
PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH
You Are the Way HH, ICEL

COMMUNION:
Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS,
RS, S&S, WCH, W&S
Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda) WCH
WS, W&S
Blessed Are You, Lord BB/MI, JS
Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, GC,
GPCOMP, GTR, RS
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, GC, JS
Eat This Bread (Berthier) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GTR, GPCOMP, RS, WCH, W&S,
WP
Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB/MI, GC,
GTR, GPCOMP, RS, WCH
Gift of Finest Wheat (Kreutz) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, JS,
PMB, WCH, WP
God, Whose Almighty Word RS, WP
Here Round Your Altar ACH, PMB,
WCH
I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord WP
Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love GC,
GTR, G-3000, LMGM, RS, TWC, WCH,
WP
Like a Sunflower (Landry) BB, GP, S&S,
YPGP
O Breathe on Me, Breath of God CBW III,
WP
Psallite Domino (Berthier) TAIZE II
There Is a Balm in Gilead ACH, BB/MI,
CVH, GC, GTR, JS, RS, WP
Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,
GC , JS, RS
We Cannot Measure How You Heal (Bell)
G2, GC
You Are Our Living Bread (Joncas)
BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, JS
SONG OF PRAISE:
Beati Pacifici (Berthier) TAIZE
Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda)
W&S, WCH, WS
Praise and Thanksgiving (Lovelace)
11-2169
Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior
(Farrell) BB/MI, GC, GTR, JS, RS
Surely It Is God Who Saves Me WP

CLOSING SONG:
A Touching Place (Bell) G2, GC, RS
All Creatures of Our God ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CVH, GC, JS, PMB, RS, WCH,
WOV, WP
Christ Is the King HH, WP
Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go CCH,
SS, WP
Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)
BB/MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS,
SM, SS, S&S, WCH, W&S
Gods Blessing Sends Us Forth CVH,
PMB2, SS, WCH
Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God
(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS, W&S, WCH
Harbor of My Heart SM, WCH, W&S
I Want to Praise Your Name (Hurd)
BB/MI, GC, GTR, JS, S&S
Im So Glad, Jesus Lifted Me LMGM
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You BB/MI,
CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, RS, SS, WP
Lord, Your Almighty Word CVH, PMB2,
SS, W&S
Lord, When You Came/Pescador De
Hombres CVH, GC, LMGM, SM, W&S
Lord, You Have Smiled Upon Your Land
(Schutz) 312-41560
O God, beyond All Praising HH, WP
O God, Whose Healing Power G-4739
O Christ, the Healer RS, WP
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, JS, PMB, RS,
WCH, WOV, WP
Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him
ACH, BB/MI, CBW II, CBW III, CVH,
JS, PMB, WCH, WOV, WP
Praise to the Lord ACH, BB, CVH, GC,
GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS, WP
Praise to the Holiest in the Height ACH,
BB, CBW III, CVH, PMB, SM, SS, W&S
Rejoice in the Lord (Marchionda)
PMB, WCH, W&S
Sing to the Mountains (Dufford) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS, RS
Though the Mountains May Fall (Schutte)
ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, JS, WCH, W&S
We Are the Light of the World ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, CVH, GC, JS, PMB,
WCH

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