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October 23, 2005 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING: Ex. 22: 20-26
"If your are harsh with the widow or the orphan, my anger will rage against you."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 18 "I love you, Lord, my strength."

SECOND READING:
1 Thess. 1: 5-10 "You turned away from idols to serve God and await his Son."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Jn. 14: 23 "If anyone loves me, he will hold to my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him."

GOSPEL: Mt. 22: 34-40
"You shall love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself."


FOCUS: The Christian way is to live in the light of these two commandments: love God, and love your neighbor.

REFLECTION: "Be merciful, so God can be merciful to you."
Tandy Chiles Barrett

" It is easy to feel drawn to good, healthy people who have pleasant manners, but that is only natural love and not charity."
Robert Bellarmine

"Traced to its Latin root, caritas, charity refers to God's benevolent love for us and likewise our love for one another. This is the love or charity that is the crown jewel of the theological virtues, faith, hope, and charity." Mitch Finley

"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

"In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful: Praise be to God, the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds, most gracious and most merciful, master of the Day of Judgement:
Thee do we worship and Thine aid do we seek. Show us the way that is straight, the way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy grace, whose portion is not wrath, and who go not astray."
Koran 1:1-7

"You shall love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduction to the Liturgy: Love is the foremost commandment and our reason for gathering as a group. It is the grace of God that strengthens us to live up to God' s expectation of us, that we love our neighbor as ourselves.
Sample General Intercessions:
Introduction: Gathered together in Christ as sisters and brothers, let us ask for God for the grace we need to keep his commandments:
For all who have dedicated themselves to God, that love of God and neighbor be our guide;
For all peoples of the world: that the Lord give us the strength to unite in peace and harmony;
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 give us the grace we need to keep his commandments.
Preface: Seventh for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Introduce the sign of peace by proclaiming peace as the greatest achievement, possible only through love of God and neighbor.
Concluding Rite:
Prayers over the People: Second or ninth

Faith Formation
We love God fairly easily, but our neighbor? If they are nice to us, OK, but what about those (numerous) people who are rude and crude, and go to a strange church, and wear funny clothes? And what about those dirty people who hang around evil places and laugh at good people when they go by? And what about people we know are sinners? (We don't know they are sinners, and we have to be merciful to them, too.)
If we want to be with God, we must be like him. God is love, we must love, we must love all God's creatures.
Song suggestions:
Ubi Caritas (Berthier) GTR, G-2586,
TAIZE II, WP
What You Hear in the Dark (Schutte) BB,
GP, GPCOMP, S&S

Children's Liturgy of the Word
How can we love people who are mean to us? Sometimes we have to stay away from them and pray for them. We have to wish them well, but we can avoid being with them. We can ask God for the strength to love people who are unkind.

GATHERING SONG:
All My Days (Schutte) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Alleluia, People of God (Deiss) BB, GP
Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Faith, Hope and Love (Haas) G2-442,
GC-624
Faithful Family (Cooney) BB/MI, GP2, JS2,
S&S
Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2, RS,
SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
Gather Us Together (Hurd) BB/MI, CBW
III, JS2, S&S
Glory and Praise to You (Deiss) PMB2
Let the Heavens Be Glad (Feiten) BB/MI,
CCH, GTR, GC, JS2, S&S
Let Us Go to the Altar (Schutte) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2, S&S
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace
CCH, CVH, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
O Bless the Lord (Michaels) BB/MI, JS2,
S&S
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Ps. 90)
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GPCOMP,
PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH, WP
Open Our Eyes (Pasquet) 362-01324
Praise Ye the Father (Gounod) 332-01593
Spirit of God (Kendzia) BB, GPCOMP
Spirit, Friend CCH, GC, GTR
The Spirit of God (Deiss) PMB2, SM, WCH
This Is My Command to You (Mayhew)
BB, PMB2, W&S
This Is My Commandment CVH, SS, WP
We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder CCH,
LMGM, GC-693
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GP, JS2,
PMB2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH
Your Kingdom Come ACH, CVH, SS
Your Words Are Spirit and Life (Farrell)
BB/MI, JS2, S&S

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 18: I Love You, Lord, My Strength
(Ridge) BB, S&S
Psalm 18: I love you, Lord, my strength
(Guimont) CCH-665, G2-25, GC-26, RS-38
Psalm 18: I love you, Lord, my strength
(Proulx) W3-952, W3R-957
Psalm 18: I love you, Lord, my strength
(Rachelski) PARM A

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
All That is Hidden (Farrell) BB/MI, JS2,
S&S
As a Fire Is Meant for Burning (Duck)
GC, RS
Canticle of the Turning (Cooney) GC, RS,
G-3407
Hear, O Israel (Kreutz) ACH, A-1009
I Have Loved You (Joncas) CCH, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S
I Will Sing to the Lord (Goemanne) PMB2,
8510 WLP
O Taste and See (Isele) CBW III
O Worship the King CVH, PMB2, SM, SS,
W&S, WCH
On the Day I Called You (Cooney) BB/
MI, GP2, S&S
Praise Ye the Lord (Mozart) 312-40059
Prayer for Peace (Temple) SM, W&S,
WCH
Prayer of Saint Francis (Temple) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, JS2,
PMB2, RS, S&S, SM, SS, W&S, WCH
Psalm 15: They who do justice (Haas) G2,
GC
Send Us Your Spirit (Haas) BB/MI, CCH,
GTR, GC, S&S
Spirit of God (Norbet) BB, GP
Steal Away to Jesus (Adelmann) 9232
PPMO
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GP, GPCOMP, G2, GTR, S&S, W&S,
WCH
There Is One Lord (Berthier) WP
Ubi Caritas CCH, CVH, JS2, SS, WP
Ubi Caritas (Proulx) G-1983
Ubi Caritas (Berthier) G-271, G2-301, GC-
408, RS-746
We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, G2,
RS, S&S, W&S, WCH
We Shall Walk Through the Valley
(Moore) AF-11-0565
What You Hear in the Dark (Schutte)
BB, GP, GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Where There Is Charity (Marchionda)
7949 WS
Word of God, Come Down on Earth
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, JS2, PMB2,
RS, S&S, W&S, WP
You Shall Love the Lord Your God
(Englert) PMB2, 7940 WS
Your Love Is Finer Than Life (Haugen)
CCH, G2, GTR, GC

COMMUNION:
Bread of Life (Cooney) BB, GP2, S&S
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III,
GC, JS2, S&S
Christ Is Here (Walker) JS2, S&S
Here I Am, Lord (Ward) GC, JS2, PMB2,
RS, SM, W&S, WCH, WS
How Great Thou Art (Hine) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, S&S, W&S, WCH
Jesus in the Morning CCH-365, GC-667
O God of Loveliness PMB2
One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
JS2, RS, S&S, W&S
Only In God (Talbot) BB/MI, JS2, S&S,
W&S
Pan De Vida GC, JS2, RS, S&S
Peace Prayer (Foley) BB, CBW III, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Praise Ye the Lord, My Soul (Schutz)
312-41056
See Us, Lord, about Your Altar ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, JS2, PMB2, WCH
Sing to the Lord (Owens) AF-11-4687
That There May Be Bread (Norbet)
BB/MI, GP, HM, JS2, S&S
The Cup We Bless (Willcock) BB/MI, GP2,
JS2, S&S
The Greatest Gift (Marchionda) PMB2,
SM, WCH
The One Same Spirit (Ward) SM, W&S,
WCH, 7962 WS
There Is One Lord (Berthier) G2-581,
GC-809
To Be Your Bread (Haas) BB/MI, PMB2,
S&S
Ubi Caritas (Berthier) CBW III, GC, GTR,
G-2586, RS, TAIZE II, WP
We Are the Vineyard (Kreutz) ACH
We Come to Your Altar (Brubaker) 7957 WS, WCH, W&S
Where There Is Love (Hughes) G-2555
Without Seeing You (Haas) CCH-443

SONG OF PRAISE:
God, Beyond All Names (Farrell) BB, GC,
JS2, RS, S&S
Only In God (Foley) BB, CBW III, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Servant Song (McGargill) BB/MI, JS2
Spirit of God within Me CCH, GC, GTR,
SS, WP
Taste and See (Moore) CCH, GPCOMP,
GC, GTR, SM, W&S, WCH
You Have Rescued Me (Dufford) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2, S&S

CLOSING SONG:
A Mighty Fortress BB/MI, CBW III, CCH,
GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, WCH, WP
Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power
CCH, CVH, SS, WP
Father, We Thank Thee CBW III, CCH,
CVH, JS2, PMB2, SM, W&S, WCH, WP
God, Our God of Distant Ages PMB2,
SM, W&S, WCH
In Christ There Is No East or West
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GC, HM,
JS2, PMB2, RS, S&S, SM, W&S, WCH, WP
Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love GC,
G-3000, LMGM, RS, W&S, WCH, WP
Let All the World In Every Corner Sing
CCH, CVH, SS, WP
Path of Life (Dameans) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Praise to the Father (Purcell) 312-4358
Rise, Shine, You People! CVH, SS
Send Us Your Spirit (Schutte) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Sing to the Lord Our God (Hassler)
AF-11-4669
Sing to the Mountains (Dufford) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW II, GC, GP, GPCOMP,
GTR, JS, RS
Spirit Song LMGM
They'll Know We Are Christians
(Scholtes) ACH, BB, CBW III, GC, JS2, S&S
Where There Is Love (Walker) BB, JS2, S&S
Where Charity and Love Prevail BB, CCH, GC, JS2, S&S, W&S