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The 16th Sunday in

Ordinary Time

19 July 2009

Saint Andrew & Saint William

Catholic Church in Verona, Wisconsin

Today, the Church’s readings present us with an opportunity to understand

more deeply the nature of Christ. Having reflected briefly the past two weeks on
the titles Son of God and Son of Man, the prophet Jeremiah delivers a message that
identifies Jesus Christ as the Son of David.
Because Jesus is the Son of David we have definitive proof that the prophecies
of the Old Testament have been fulfilled in His coming – the Son of God born of
the Virgin Mary. It is proof that God’s plan for salvation throughout history has
been deliberate, not random. For example, if we cast our minds back to the Gospel
of Matthew from Mass on Christmas Eve, we would recall the lengthy genealogy
of Jesus tracing His ancestry back to Abraham through King David. This ancestry
is of the utmost importance in light of the passage we hear today from the
prophet Jeremiah:

“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a
righteous shoot to David; as king he shall reign and govern wisely, he
shall do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah shall be
saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him:
‘The LORD our justice.’”

The "Davidic" lineage of Jesus is especially important from the standpoint of

Jewish theology, since God’s people Israel expected their future King to be a
descendant of King David. This King would unite the tribes of Israel, ruling as
the Anointed One, the "Messiah."
In the second reading today from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians,
Saint Paul identifies Christ as the Messiah, the Anointed One who united not
only the tribes of Israel, but all nations: "In Christ Jesus you who once were far
off have become near by the blood of Christ…He came and preached peace to you
who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have
access in one Spirit to the Father."
Although the Messiah (the Anointed One; the Son of David) has already
come into the world, we must still keep our eyes fixed on the Good Shepherd, for
it is only in Christ that we find true Communion and Redemption. In the
Gospel of Mark today we hear of Jesus shepherding His people: “When he
disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for
they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many
things.” May we always be faithful followers of the Son of David, the One Who
comes in the Name of the Lord, Christ Jesus the Good Shepherd.

Introductory Rites
Hymn at the Procession – 632
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say Tune: KINGSFOLD
Kyrie eleison Chant Mode III
Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy.
Christe eleison. Christ, have mercy.
Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in excelsis A New Mass for Congregations

Carroll Thomas Andrews

Lord Jesus Christ…receive our prayer.

Opening Collect
The Priest prays the collect. All respond, Amen.
Liturgy of the Word
Reading I Jeremiah 23:1-6

"I shall gather the remnant of My flock;

I shall also raise up shepherds over them."

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 23

Richard Proulx

Reading II Ephesians 2:13-18

Christ Himself is our peace.

Gospel Acclamation A. Gregory Murray, O.S.B.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;

I know them, and they follow me.

Gospel Reading Mark 6:30-34

They were like sheep without a shepherd.

Homily Rev. William F. Vernon

Liturgy of the Eucharist
Hymn at the Offertory – 632
The King of Love My Shepherd Is Tune: ST. COLUMBA

Sanctus et Benedictus Mass for the City

Richard Proulx

Memorial Acclamation Mass for the City

Richard Proulx

Great Amen Mass for the City

Richard Proulx
Communion Rite
The Our Father Traditional Chant

Priest: Deliver us, Lord…our Savior, Jesus Christ

Lamb of God Richard Proulx

Song at the Communion – 708
Like a Shepherd Text and Music: Bob Dufford, S.J.

Hymn of Thanksgiving – 639

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy Tune: IN BABILONE

Prayer after Communion

Concluding Rites
Final Blessing and Dismissal

Organ Postlude

Musical Remarks
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy Tune: IN BABILONE

The text of the Hymn of Thanksgiving today, There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,
was written by Frederick William Faber (1814-1853). Faber was a British
hymn writer and theologian. While in college, he was awarded the Newdigate
Prize for poetry he composed. In 1837, Faber was elected a fellow of the National
Scholars Foundation, in the midst of a period of great personal struggle. Despite
his theological roots in Anglican Calvinism, Faber became an enthusiastic
follower of John Henry Newman, a famous Anglican bishop who converted to
Catholicism. In 1841, Faber spent time studying and travelling throughout the
European Continent. After he returned to England, he didn’t stay for long;
instead, he returned to the continent in pursuit of Catholic studies. Shortly
thereafter in 1845, Faber joined the Catholic Church. He went on to found a
religious community known as St. Wilfrid’s in the Archdiocese of Birmingham,
called the "Wilfridians." This community eventually would merge with the
Oratory of St. Philip Neri, with John Henry Newman as the Superior. Faber was
a very charming character and eloquent preacher, but he is most widely
remembered for his hymn texts. In addition to There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,
we should also be familiar with Faber’s hymn Faith of Our Fathers.
The hymn tune IN BABILONE comes from a Dutch collection of tunes
called Oude en nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradanseu, or "Old and New
Dutch Peasant Songs and Country Dances" (ca. 1710). It is a rather lively tune
that is evocative of dance, and it has been paired with several different texts
throughout history, including Hail Thou, Once Despised Jesus. The tune has not
been attributed to any particular composer.
-B. G.

Permissions: Glory to God music by Carroll Thomas Andrews © GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved,
reprinted with permission, #A-715895. Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd music by
Richard Proulx © GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved, reprinted with permission, #A-
715895. Gospel Acclamation music by A. Gregory Murray, O.S.B. © GIA Publications, Inc. All rights
reserved, reprinted with permission, #A-715895. Sanctus et benedictus, Memorial Ac-
clamation, and Great Amen from Mass for the City. Music by Richard Proulx © GIA Publications, Inc. All
rights reserved, reprinted with permission, #A-715895. Lamb of God music by Richard
Proulx © GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved, reprinted with permission, #A-715895.
All other selections in the public domain.