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July 25, 2005, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Journey into Self Discovery

FIRST READING: 1 Kings 3: 5-12
"He sought to give you wisdom."
RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 119 "Lord, how I love your law!"
SECOND READING:
Rom. 8: 28-30 "He predestined us to become true images of his Son."
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Rev. 2: 10 "Be faithful unto death, says the Lord."
GOSPEL: Mt. 13
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field."

FOCUS: "Be faithful unto death, says the Lord, and I will give you the crown of life."

REFLECTION: You wish to grow wise in discernment of thoughts. Descend from the head into the heart. Then you will see all thoughts clearly, as they move before the eye of your sharp-sighted mind. But until you descend into the heart, do not expect to have due discrimination of thoughts.
Theophane the Recluse

You cannot imagine how foolish people are. They have no sense of discernment, having lost it by hoping in themselves and putting their trust in their own knowledge. O stupid people, do you not see that you are not the source of your own knowledge?

St. Catherine of Siena



If I had just passed by when I saw and smelt that woman who was eaten up by rats:her face, her legs, I could not have been a Missionary of Charity today. But I returned , picked her up and took her to a local hospital. If I had not, the Society would have died. Feelings of repugnance are human, but if I see the face of Jesus in his distressing disguise, I will be holy.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy by stating through spiritual discernment we begin to see the kingdom of God in our midst.
General Intercessions:
Introduction: My dear brothers and sisters, God our Father is our origin and guide who hears the prayers of all who praise him. Let us offer our prayers to God, whose gifts are without measure:

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, knowing 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 receive him in the poor and suffering people of this world.

O Lord Our God, may we all be faithful to you unto our deaths.



Preface: Eighth preface for Ordinary Time

Concluding Rite:

Prayers over the People: 2, 5, or 12



Faith Formation

Prayer is dialogue with God in which we listen as well as speak, but it is much more than that, too. Prayer is union with God, it is identification with God. We exist together in prayer. In prayer we discover faith, and confidence, and the Kingdom of God. The kingdom is not some external place but a place of the heart. The kingdom of God is within. It is from within that we draw our clarity and strength. From this strength we can achieve a deeper understanding God.

The various parts of the liturgy demonstrate different kinds of prayer. Learn to identify them.

Song suggestions:

Prayer (Guion) HL-8399

You Are Near (Schutte) 394 BB/MI,

CBW II, GP, GPCOMP



Children's Liturgy of the Word

How can we be faithful to God? By doing what He told us to do: to love one another.

Tomorrow is the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary, Mother of God. Refering to a minature depicting St. Anne, Sr. Wendy Beckett writes: This little jewel of a picture is all about love. We really do not know the name of the Virgin Mary's mother, but the Church decided to call her Anne. Here she is depicted as a comforting figure, ...and nestling protectively on her mother's lap, ...is the Virgin Mary as a little girl. Mary is nursing a tiny baby Jesus, who is putting up his little arms to embrace her. Surely, that is what holiness is. You are not a saint because you keep the rules and are blameless; you are a saint if you live in the world, loving the real people whom God has put into your life. Here the three generations ...love and respect each other. Because the child is God, it is clear that at the center of all love is God. Or, to put it another way, where love is, god is. From Sister Wendy's Book of Saints, Dorling Kinderslee Publishers.



GATHERING SONG:

All You Who Seek a Comfort Sure CCH,

SS, WP

All Creatures of Our God ACH, BB/MI,

CBW III, CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, PMB2, RS,

SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP

Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda) SM,

W&S, WCH

Bread of the World BB/MI, CVH, HM, SS

Come Down, O Love Divine BB/MI,

CBW III, CVH, PMB, WOV, WP, GC-465

Come, My Children (Dameans)

BB, GC, G2, GPCOMP, GTR, S&S

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come BB,

CCH, SS, WP

Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III,

CCH, CVH, GC, JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS,

W&S, WCH, WP

God of All Creation (Haas) GC, GTR, RS

Lord, to Whom Shall We Go (Englert)

PMB2, WCH

Lord, to Whom Shall We Go (Haas) GTR,

GC, G2

Lord, to Whom Shall We Go (Joncas)

BB/MI, GP, JS2, S&S

O Blessed Are Those (Inwood) BB/MI,

GTR, GC, G2, JS2, S&S

O God of Matchless Glory (Duck) G2-372,

GC-546

O the Beautiful Treasures CCH, SS, WP

Praise God in His Holy Dwelling

(Vermulst) BB/MI, GTR, GC, PMB2, WCH

Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him

ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, PMB2,

SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP

Praise to the Lord ACH, BB, CBW III,

CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, PMB, RS, WP

Sing, O Sing (Schutte) BB, GP2, JS2, S&S

Sing a New Song to the Lord (Dudley-

Smith) CCH, CBW III, GC, G2, GTR, RS,

SS, WP

Sing Praise to Our Creator PMB2, WCH

The People of God (O'Brien) G2-465

There's a Spirit in the Air CCH, PMB2,

SS, WP

When Jesus Came Preaching CCH, CVH,

RS, SS, WP

When the King Shall Come Again WP



RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 119: Lord, I love your commands

PARM A

Psalm 119: More than Gold (Booth) BB

Psalm 119: Lord, I love your commands

(Guimont) CCH-626, GC-117

Psalm 119: Lord, I love your commands

(Batastini) RS

Psalm 119: Blessing of Candles (Proulx)

CCH-736, W3R-1028

Psalm 119: Lord, I love your commands

(Isele) PFCY vol. 4



PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

Abba! Father! (Landry) BB, GP, JS2, S&S

Blessed Are They (Berger) AF-11-4627

Blessed Are They (Dean) 7200 OCP, S&S

Blessed Are They (Schlutz) G-2634

Earthen Vessels (Foley) ACH, BB, CBW III,

GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Foley) G-3935

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Joncas) BB/MI, GPCOMP, GC, GTR, S&S

How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

(Walker) BB/MI, JS2, S&S

I Heard the Voice of Jesus BB/MI, CCH,

CVH, JS2, RS, SS, WP

I Heard the Voice of Jesus (arr. Marty

Haugen) CCH, GC, G-3043

Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen)

CCH, G2-516, GC

Lord, Today (Dameans) GP, GPCOMP, GC,

GTR, JS2, S&S

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

CVH, LMGM, GC, JS2, RS, SS, SM, S&S

Not by Bread Alone (Reagan) G2-362 GC-

517

Only This I Want (Schutte) BB, CBW III

CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S

Seek First (Berthier) RS, TAIZE II

The Beatitudes CBW III, SS, WP

The Beatitudes (D.S. York) 352-00322

We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH,

BB/MI, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GC, G2,

GTR, RS, SS, W&S, WCH

You Are the Voice (Haas) GPCOMP, GC,

GTR, G2

Yours Is the Kingdom (Miffleton) SM,

W&S, WCH



COMMUNION:

Beatitudes CBW III, CCH, SS, WP

Because the Lord Is My Shepherd (Walker)

BB/MI, CCH, GTR, GC, G2, HM, JS2, S&S

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

CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, G2, GTR, RS

Blest Are Those GTR, GC

Blessed are Those Who Are Persecuted

(Haas) G-5419

Come Unto Me (Hurd) BB/MI, JS2, S&S

Eat This Bread (Berthier) BB/MI, CBW

III, CCH, G2, GC, GTR, GPCOMP, RS,

SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP

Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB, CBW III,

CCH, G2, GC, GTR, GPCOMP, RS, SS,

W&S, WCH, WP

Here I Am, Lord (Verdi) G-3021

Here I Am, Lord (Ward) GC, JS2, PMB2,

RS, SM, W&S, WCH

I Found the Treasure (Schutte) BB,

GPCOMP, S&S

I Sought the Lord CCH, SSWP

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

CCH, G2-352, GC-507, GTR, SS, WP

Let Us Break Bread Together ACH,

BB, GPCOMP, HL-402-12104, PMB2,

WCH, WP

Make Our Hearts Burn With Love

(Englert) BB, JS2, W&S, WCH

O the Beautiful Treasures CCH, WP

Seek Ye the Lord (Lovelace) 11-2230

The Love of the Lord (Joncas) CCH, GC

The Kingdom of God (Rees) RS

Thy Kingdom Come (Cooney) G2, GC, RS

Whenever You Serve Me (Janco) 6210 WLP

When We Eat This Bread (Joncas) BB/MI,

JS2, PMB2, S&S, W&S

Your Love, O God, Has All the World

Created CCH, SS, WP



SONG OF PRAISE:

Ask, and You Shall Receive (Englert) W&S

How Great Thou Art (Hine) ACH,

BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,

JS2, PMB2, RS, SS, SM, W&S, WCH

Only Begotten, Word of God Eternal RS,

SS, WP

Righteous, O Lord, Art Thou (A. Vivaldi)

362-03119

Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB/MI, CBW III,

JS2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

Spirit Song CCH, LMGM

Song to Jesus Christ (Huijbers) BB/MI,

GTR, GC, RS

There Is One Lord (Dameans) BB/MI, GC,

CBW III, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, RS, S&S, WP



CLOSING SONG:

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus BB/MI, CBW III,

CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, G2, JS2,

PMB2, RS, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH

Alleluia! We Will Hear Your Word (Wise)

WCH, W&S

Alive in Christ Jesus (Haas) CCH, G2, GC

Anthem (Conry) BB/MI, GC, GP, G2,

GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S

Beatitudes (Dameans) BB/MI, GP, JS2, S&S

Bring Forth the Kingdom (Haugen)

GC, GTR, RS

Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power

CCH, CVH, SS, WP

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come BB,

CCH, WP

God's Blessing Sends Us Forth CVH,

PMB2, SS, W&S, WCH

Now Thank We All Our God ACH,

BB, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2,

RS, PMB2, S&S, SM, W&S, WCH, WP

Prayer of Saint Francis (Temple) ACH,

BB, CBW III, CVH, GC, JS2, RS, PMB2,

S&S, SM, W&S, WCH

Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord

(Huijbers) BB/MI, GTR, GC, JS2, S&S

Seek the Lord (O'Connor) BB/MI, GP,

GPCOMP, S&S

Sent Forth by God's Blessing BB/MI,

PMB2, SS, S&S, W&S, WP

Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands)

BB/ MI, GTR, GC

The Kingdom of God (Deiss) BB,

GPCOMP, S&S

The Kingdom of God (Parry) CCH, CVH,

SS, WP

This Is the Day (Haugen) GC,GTR, G2,

SM, W&S, WCH

This Is the Day (Joncas) BB/MI, JS2, RS,

S&S

This Is the Day (Schoenbachler) BB, JS2,

S&S

When Jesus Came Preaching CCH, CVH, RS, SS, WP