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October 30, 2005 Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
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FIRST READING:
Mal. 1: 14 - 2: 2, 8-10 "You have strayed from the way, you have caused many to stumble by your teaching."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 131 "Guard my soul in peace before you, O Lord."

SECOND READING:
1 Thess. 2: 7-9, 13 "We were eager to hand over to you not only the Good News but our lives as well."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Mt. 23: 9, 10 "You have one Father, your Father in heaven; you have one teacher: the Lord Jesus Christ."

GOSPEL: Mt. 23: 1-12
"They do not practice what they preach."


FOCUS: "The greatest among you will be the one who serves the rest. Anyone who humbles himself will be exalted."

REFLECTION: "The Lord sometimes leaves us some defects of character in order that we should learn humility. For without them we would immediately soar above the clouds in our own estimation and would place our throne there. And herein lies perdition."
Theophane the Recluse

"It was pride that caused the fall of Lucifer and Adam. If you should ask me what are the ways of God, I would tell you that the first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is still humility. Not that there are no other precepts to give, but if humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.
St. Augustine

"One of the elders was asked what was humility, and he said: If you forgive a brother who has injured you before he himself asks pardon."
Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

"The Captain: In the long run, one life means nothing.
The Peasant: In the end, nothing is more important than one life."
Robert Crichton
The Secret of Santa Vittoria

"You who have given voice to the tongues of infants, instruct my tongue also, and pour forth the grace of your blessing onto my lips." St. Thomas Aquinas

"You have one Father, your Father in heaven; you have one teacher: the Lord Jesus Christ."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduction to the Liturgy: We are called to practice "authentic faith": We must practice what we preach lest we exalt ourselves above God.

Sample General Intercessions:
Introduction: My dear brothers and sisters, God wants all of us to be with him in heaven. Thus he calls us to love him and his creatures. Let us pray to God with all our hearts, with love:
For the holy Church of God: may we all may practice what we preach;
For God's peace among nations, may we all rid our hearts of violence;
For our brothers and sisters in need, may we assist them through God's grace;
For the whole world, may all of us gathered here put our faith into practice.

Preface: Fifth for Sundays in Ordinary Time
Concluding Rite:
Prayers over the People: Second or fifth

Faith Formation
St. Paul writes that we are only cymbals crashing if we act without love. Without love we are only making noise.
What happens when we do things
merely out of obligation?
What does the gospel say we must
do so that our actions will be sin-
cere?
The Word of God can be a constant source of inspiration if we remain open. By really listening to the words of scripture, by taking those words into our hearts, we will see ourselves in humility and honesty.
Watch your spiritual leaders. See if they practice what they preach. Watch yourself. Do you practice what you preach?
When you enter a room, do you always take the best chair? Are you insulted if you do not get the attention you think you deserve? What outlandish behavior do you resort to in order to get the attention you think you deserve? Do you give others your attention? Or, maybe you think they don't deserve it.
Song suggestions:
My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen)
CCH, GC, GTR
Occuli Nostri (Berthier) TAIZE II
Patience, People (Foley) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Simple Gifts ACH, JS2, PMB2, W&S

Children's Liturgy of the Word
What does it mean to say that someone is humble? Humility comes when we realize we are not superior to others.
What happens when we start thinking that we are better than others? We make people unhappy. That isn't what God told us to do.
Song suggestions:
Give Thanks to the Lord ACH, W&S
To You, O Lord (Alstott) BB, JS2, S&S

GATHERING SONG:
A Mighty Fortress BB/MI, CBW III, CCH,
GC, GPCOMP, JS2, PMB2, RS, WCH, WP
Anthem (Conry) BB/MI, CCH, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, S&S
Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda)
WCH, 7854 WS, W&S
Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS
Change Our Hearts (Cooney) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS2, GC, S&S
Come to the House (Cooney) BB, GP2, S&S
Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, SM,
SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Gather Your People (Hurd) BB, JS2, S&S
God of Abraham (Farrell) BB, GC, JS2, S&S
Happy Those Who Hear the Word of God
(Norbet) ACH, BB, GP, JS2, SM, S&S,
W&S, WCH
In Christ There Is No East or West
BB/MI, CCH, CBW III, CVH, GC, G2,
GPCOMP, JS2, RS, PMB2, SM, SS, WCH,
W&S, WP
Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen)
G2-516
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
CVH, SS, WP
Song of Gathering GC, GTR
Song of God Among Us (Huijbers) BB/MI,
GC, GTR, JS2, S&S
The Servant Song CCH, GTR, GC
We Are Called GTR, GC, RS
We Are Called to be Disciples CVH, SS
What Is This Place (Oosterhuis) BB/MI,
GC, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, RS, S&S, WP
When Jesus Came Preaching the
Kingdom of God RS, SS
Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
CVH, SS
Your Kingdom Come ACH, CVH, SS

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 131: In You, Lord, I Have Found
My Peace (Willcock) BB, HM, S&S
Psalm 131: In you, O Lord (Guimont) CCH-
668, PFCY
Psalm 131: In you, O Lord (Haas) G2-114,
RS-178
Psalm 131: In you, O Lord PARM A

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
Choose Life (Marchionda) SM, WCH, 7936
WS
God Is Love (Haas) BB, CCH, GC, GTR
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (J.L. Gailbraith)
332-13089
I Will Lift Up My Eyes (Conry) BB/MI,
GC, GTR, G2, JS2, S&S
Like a Child Rests (Walker) BB, HM, JS2,
S&S
Lord, Receive Your Servant SM, W&S,
WCH
My Soul in Stillness Waits (Haugen)
CCH, GC, GTR, G2, SS, W&S
My Soul Is At Rest (Berthier) TAIZE II
Occuli Nostri (Berthier) TAIZE II
Patience, People (Foley) BB, CBW III, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Praise Ye the Father (Gounod) 332-01593
Servant Song (Cooney) GPCOMP, JS2
Servant Song (McGargill) BB, JS2, S&S
Simple Gifts ACH, CCH, PMB2, SS
Sing Ye Praises (Lovelace) AF-11-0320
Steal Away to Jesus (Adelmann) 9232
PPMO
Table Prayer CCH, G2, GTR, GC, RS
The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
G2, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2, SM,
S&S, W&S, WCH
There Is One Lord (Berthier) CCH, WP
To You, O Lord (Alstott) BB, JS2, S&S
Ubi Caritas (Berthier) CCH, GC, GTR,
G-2586, TAIZE II, WP
We Are Called, We Are Chosen GC, GTR
We Are Your People (Wren) RS, W3
We Believe (Farrell) BB/MI, JS2, S&S,
10257 OCP
What Does the Lord Require CCH, SS, WP
Where Love Is Living ACH
Where There Is Charity (Marchionda)
CCH, GC, SM, W&S, 7949 WS
Where There Is Love (Hughes) G-2555

COMMUNION:
Abba! Father! (Landry) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Blessed Are They (Stanford/Marshall)
AF-11-4627
Bread for the World Broken (Walker) BB/
MI, JS2, S&S
Bread of Life (Farrell) BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CBW III, GC, JS2, S&S
Faith, Hope and Love (Walker) BB/MI,
JS2, S&S
Holy Father ACH
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
(Walker) BB/MI, JS2, S&S
I Am the Way (Englert) PMB2, SM, W&S,
WCH
I Lift Up My Soul (Manion) BB, CCH, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Let There Be Peace on Earth ACH,
BB/MI, GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, S&S, W&S,
WCH
Love Consecrates the Humblest Act
PMB2, SM, W&S
May We Be One (Daigle) G2-247, GC-316
My Soul Is Longing PMB2, SM, W&S,
WCH
My Soul Is Still (Haas) CCH, GTR, G2, GC
My Soul is Thirsting GC, GTR, RS
O God of Loveliness PMB2, SM, W&S,
WCH
One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, CBW III, GC, GP,
GPCOMP, GTR, G2, JS2, RS, S&S, W&S
Praise Ye the Lord, My Soul (Schutz) 312-
41056
Sing to the Lord (Owens) AF-11-4687
The One Same Spirit (Ward) SM, W&S
WCH, 7962 WS
To Be Your Bread (Haas) BB, PMB2, S&S
To You, O Lord (Joncas) GPCOMP, JS2,
S&S

SONG OF PRAISE:
Answer When I Call (Foley) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2, S&S
Blest Are the Pure in Heart CBW III,
CVH, SS
Choose Life (Norbet) BB, GP, RS, S&S
God Is Love (Proulx) G-3010
God Is Love (Rivers) ACH, CBW III, SS
May We Praise You (Foley) BB/MI, CCH,
GC, GPCOMP, GP, GTR, JS2, S&S
The Church is Like a Table G-3709
To You, O Lord (Kreutz) CVH, SS
We Are Many Parts (Haugen) BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, G2, RS, SM, SS, W&S,
WCH
Who Can Measure Heaven and Earth
RS-645

CLOSING SONG:
Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power
CVH, SS, WP
From East and West (Dufford) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2, S&S
God Is Love (Holliman) LMGM, SS
God of Day and God of Darkness
(Haugen) BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC,
GTR, RS, W&S, WCH
God of Our Fathers CVH, PMB2, SM, SS,
WCH, W&S, WP
God, Whose Purpose Is to Kindle CCH,
RS, WP
I Want to Praise Your Name (Hurd)
BB/MI, GC, GTR, G2, JS2, S&S
Let All the World In Every Corner Sing
CVH, SS, WP
Lift Up Your Hearts (O'Connor) BB/MI,
CCH, CBW III, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
JS2, RS, S&S
Lord, You Have Come (Garbarian) BB/MI,
CCH, CVH, LMGM, GC, JS, RS, SS, S&S
Lover Us All (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI, JS2
Now Thank We All Our God ACH,
BB, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, RS, PMB2, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Ps. 90)
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2,
WCH, W&S, WP
Out of Darkness (Walker) BB/MI, GC, JS2,
S&S
Sing to the Mountains (Dufford) BB, CBW
III, CCH, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS2, RS,
S&S
The Spirit of God (Alstott) BB/MI, JS2,
S&S
The Spirit Sends Us Forth BB, CCH, HM,
SM, S&S
We Are the Light of the World ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, CBW III, CVH, PMB2, SS,
W&S, WCH
We Bring His Holy Love SM, WCH
Where There Is Love (Walker) BB/MI , JS2,
S&S
Your Word Is a Lamp (Englert) SM, PMB2,
W&S, WCH