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Liturgical Leaflet for an Active Participation in the Celebration of the Eucharist

Year of
Consecrated Life

5 July 2015 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Gods Prophets in an Unbelieving World

oday we are reminded that God continues to care for all human
beings, including those who reject Him and wander far away in
their moral life. Some of the clearest signs of His caring love are
the prophets that He sends to His people to remind them of their duties
and to make them understand the great harm they cause to others and
themselves through their misbehavior.
Jesus, the greatest of all prophets, experienced the bitter taste of
rejection and warned his disciples that they, too, would be treated in the
same way. Far from discouraging us, this should bring us to do our best
to be faithful to our prophetic mission in the Church and in society, fol-
lowing the example of Jesus himself.
In this Eucharist, let us ask for the grace to do just this, no matter
what the cost.

have mercy! sins of the world, receive our

All Lord, have mercy! prayer; you are seated at the right
P You came to call sinners to hand of the Father, have mercy
conversion. Christ, have on us. For you alone are the Holy
Entrance Antiphon One, you alone are the Lord, you
(To be recited only when no Entrance mercy!
All Christ, have mercy! alone are the Most High, Jesus
Hymn is sung.) Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the
Your merciful love, O God, P You plead for us at the right glory of God the Father. Amen!
we have received in the midst hand of the Father. Lord,
of your temple. Your praise, have mercy! Collect (Opening Prayer)
O God, like your name, reach- All Lord, have mercy!
es the ends of the earth; your P O God, who in the abase-
P May almighty God have ment of your Son have raised up
right hand is filled with saving mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
justice. a fallen world, fill your faithful
and bring us to everlasting life. with holy joy, for on those you
All Amen! have rescued from slavery to sin,
you bestow eternal gladness.
P Blessed be Jesus, the great Gloria Through our Lord Jesus
Prophet of the Father and the All Glory to God in the high- Christ, your Son, who lives and
anointed of the Spirit. May his est, and on earth peace to people reigns with you in the unity of
grace be with you all! of good will. We praise you, the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
All And with your spirit! we bless you, we adore you, we and ever.
Penitential Act glorify you, we give you thanks All Amen!
for your great glory, Lord God,
P As we prepare ourselves heavenly King, O God, almighty
to celebrate the sacred myster- Father.
ies, let us call to mind our sins. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Be-
(Pause) gotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of
P You do not want sinners to God, Son of the Father, you take 1st Reading Ez 2:2-5
die, but that they go back away the sins of the world, have In spite of the negative at-
to you and be saved. Lord, mercy on us; you take away the titude of many sinners, God
does not leave a stone unturned more than sated with con- fered his first setback in the very
in order to bring about their tempt; our souls are more than town where he had been raised
conversion. The call of young sated with the mockery of the and where he lived for about 30
Ezekiel to go and preach to the arrogant, with the contempt of years.
Israelites shows Gods constant the proud. R. P The Lord be with you!
concern for the salvation even All And with your spirit!
of obstinate sinners. 2nd Reading 2 Cor 12:7-10
P A proclamation from the
R A proclamation from the Even great saints have holy Gospel according to
Book of the Prophet Eze- their own limitations and weak Mark
kiel points, such as the mysterious All Glory to you, O Lord!
thorn in the flesh mentioned
As the Lord spoke to me, by St. Paul in todays passage. Jesus departed from there
the spirit entered into me and In Gods eyes, all that matters is and came to his native place,
set me on my feet, and I heard our constant cooperation with accompanied by his disciples.
the one who was speaking say His grace. When the sabbath came he be-
to me: Son of man, I am send- gan to teach in the synagogue,
ing you to the Israelites, rebels R A proclamation from the and many who heard him were
who have rebelled against me. Second Letter of Paul to the astonished. They said, Where
They and their ancestors have Corinthians did this man get all this? What
revolted against me to this very Brothers and sisters: kind of wisdom has been given
day. Hard of face and obstinate That I, Paul, might not him? What mighty deeds are
of heart are they to whom I am become too elated, because wrought by his hands! Is he not
sending you. But you shall say of the abundance of the rev- the carpenter, the son of Mary,
to them: Thus says the Lord elations, a thorn in the flesh and the brother of James and
God! And whether they heed was given to me, an angel of Joses and Judas and Simon?
or resist for they are a rebel- Satan, to beat me, to keep me And are not his sisters here
lious house they shall know from being too elated. Three with us? And they took of-
that a prophet has been among times I begged the Lord about fense at him.
them. this, that it might leave me, Jesus said to them, A
The Word of the Lord! but he said to me, My grace prophet is not without honor
All Thanks be to God! is sufficient for you, for power except in his native place and
is made perfect in weakness. among his own kin and in his
Responsorial Psalm Ps 123
I will rather boast most own house. So he was not able
gladly of my weaknesses, in to perform any mighty deed
R Our eyes are fixed on the order that the power of Christ there, apart from curing a few
Lord, pleading for his mer- may dwell with me. Therefore, sick people by laying his hands
cy! I am content with weaknesses, on them. He was amazed at
R. M. Velez insults, hardships, persecu- their lack of faith.
tions, and constraints, for the The Gospel of the Lord!
Dm Gm

sake of Christ; for when I am

All Praise to you, Lord Jesus
weak, then I am strong. Christ!
Our eyes are fixed on the Lord,
The Word of the Lord!
All Thanks be to God! Homily

C Dm
Gospel Acclamation Lk 4:18 Profession of Faith
(Nicene Creed)
All Alleluia! Alleluia!
plea-ding for his mer-cy! The Spirit of the Lord is All I believe in one God, the Fa-
upon me for he sent me to ther almighty, maker of heaven
* To you I lift up my eyes bring glad tidings to the and earth, of all things visible
who are enthroned in heaven poor. and invisible.
as the eyes of servants are on Alleluia! Alleluia! I believe in one Lord Jesus
the hands of their masters. R. Christ, the Only Begotten Son
Gospel Mk 6:1-6 of God, born of the Father be-
* As the eyes of a maid are Jesus had been extremely fore all ages. God from God,
on the hands of her mistress, successful at the beginning of Light from Light, true God from
so are our eyes on the Lord, our his mission. But soon he also true God, begotten, not made,
God, till he have pity on us. R. met with misunderstanding and consubstantial with the Father;
* Have pity on us, O Lord, opposition. In todays Gospel through him all things were
have pity on us, for we are passage we learn that he suf- made. For us men and for our

GLOSSARY: Brothers and sisters of Jesus: Catholic and Orthodox traditions have constantly understood that the terms brothers and
sisters, when used in reference to Jesus, mean close relatives, such as cousins and step-brothers/sisters. In the Bible, in fact, the words
brother and sister have a wider meaning than that of children born of the same parents.

5 July 2015
salvation he came down from exercise the prophetic ministry And so, with Angels and
heaven, and by the Holy Spir- in the Church may always con- Archangels, with Thrones and
it was incarnate of the Virgin form their lives to the message Dominions, and with all the
Mary, and became man. For our they proclaim, let us pray! R. hosts and Powers of heaven, we
sake he was crucified under Pon- C That all those who are in- sing the hymn of your glory, as
tius Pilate, he suffered death and volved in promoting peace in our without end we acclaim:
was buried, and rose again on country and other parts of the All Holy, holy, holy . . .
the third day in accordance with world may find the indispens-
the Scriptures. He ascended into able cooperation of all the parties Memorial Acclamation
heaven and is seated at the right concerned, let us pray! R. P The mystery of faith!
hand of the Father. He will come All When we eat this Bread
again in glory to judge the living C Let us pray in silence for our
personal intentions. (Pause) and drink this Cup, we pro-
and the dead and his kingdom claim your Death, O Lord,
will have no end. Let us pray! R.
until you come again!
I believe in the Holy Spirit, P Lord God, send us many
the Lord, the giver of life, who and worthy prophets that they
proceeds from the Father and may help us to know Your will
the Son, who with the Father clearly and carry it out faithfully
and the Son is adored and glori- through Christ our Lord.
fied, who has spoken through All Amen! All Our Father . . .
the prophets. P Deliver us, Lord . . .
I believe in one, holy, cath- All For the kingdom, the
olic and apostolic Church. I
power, and the glory are
confess one Baptism for the
forgiveness of sins and I look yours, now and for ever.
forward to the resurrection of Preparation of the Gifts Sign of Peace
the dead and the life of the world
to come. Amen! P Pray, brethren . . . Breaking of the Bread
All May the Lord accept the
Prayer of the Faithful sacrifice at your hands, for the All Lamb of God, you take
P Prophets have always been praise and glory of his name, away the sins of the world: have
eloquent signs of Gods love for for our good and the good of all mercy on us. (2x)
His people. We need them today his holy Church. Lamb of God, you take
as much as in the past. Let us away the sins of the world:
pray for all those called to the Prayer over the Offerings grant us peace.
prophetic service in our days, P May this oblation dedicated
saying: Communion
to your name purify us, O Lord,
All Lord, empower Your and day by day bring our conduct P This is the Lord Je-
prophets! closer to the life of heaven. sus, the great prophet of the
Through Christ our Lord. Father. He is the Lamb of God
C That the Catholic Church All Amen! who takes away the sins of the
may constantly fulfill her pro- world. Blessed are those called
phetic role in the world without Preface II to his supper.
fear, ambiguity, or compromise, All Lord, I am not worthy
let us pray! R. P The Lord be with you! that you should enter under
All And with your spirit! my roof, but only say the word
C That the message of the P Lift up your hearts!
prophets of old may be wisely and my soul shall be healed.
All We lift them up to the Lord!
applied to our present situation P Let us give thanks to the
and bear fruits of conversion and Communion Antiphon
Lord our God! (To be recited only when no Com-
improvement, let us pray! R. All It is right and just! munion Hymn is sung.)
C That the gift of authentic P It is truly right and just, our
duty and our salvation, always Taste and see that the Lord
prophecy may flourish in the
and everywhere to give you is good; blessed the man who
Church and be duly recognized
thanks, Lord, holy Father, al- seeks refuge in him.
by her leaders and all the faith-
ful, let us pray! R. mighty and eternal God, through
Christ our Lord. Prayer after Communion
C That those who receive For out of compassion for P Grant, we pray, O Lord,
Gods call to the prophetic min- the waywardness that is ours, he that, having been replenished
istry today may not be frightened humbled himself and was born of by such great gifts, we may gain
by the challenge of their mission the Virgin; by the passion of the the prize of salvation and never
and the prospect of rejection, let Cross, he freed us from unend- cease to praise you.
us pray! R. ing death, and by rising from the Through Christ our Lord.
C That those who are called to dead, he gave us life eternal. All Amen!

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

P May you grow in the aware- Son, and the Holy Spirit.
ness that you, too, partici- All Amen!
pate in the prophetic mis- P Go in peace and be prophets
sion of Christ. of the Lord in your daily
P The Lord be with you. All Amen!
All And with your spirit! life.
P May your life be a constant All Thanks be to God!
P Bow your heads and pray for
Gods blessing. (Pause) witness to the prophetic
May you always listen rever- message you are called to
ently to the message of the proclaim in our society.
All Amen!
prophets of old that reaches
us through the Scriptures. P
May almighty God bless
All Amen! you: the Father, and the

Rejected By His Own People

eing appreciated and accepted is a basic 1:11)! Jesus wept bitterly over the failure of his
human need. Rejection always inflicts a people to recognize the time of Gods visita-
moral wound which hurts us all the more tion (Lk 19:41-44).
when it comes from the people we love. All these serve as a warning addressed to the
Most of the prophets of Israel, especially whole world (including us) today. It is not enough
Jeremiah and Ezekiel, suffered some forms of to acclaim Jesus as Superstar, wise man, friend
rejection at the hands of the very people to whom of the poor. We have to accept him especially as
God had sent them. (See the First Reading.) Son of God and Savior of all mankind. Refusal
Jesus Christ, the greatest of all prophets, to acknowledge him as such is the worst form of
did not enjoy a better deal. Old Simeon had spiritual suicide we could ever commit, for there is
prophesied that he would be a sign that will be no salvation in anyone else (Acts 4:12)!
opposed (Lk 2:34). And the Nazareans the
townsfolk of Jesus took upon themselves the
sad task of beginning to fulfill that ominous A short and simple biography
prophecy. (See Mk 6:3-6.) of the saint who truly loved the youth . . .
They thought that they knew Jesus well
(see Mk 6:3). He had been one of them for
thirty years! When he went back to them as the
bearer of the Good News, they refused to see SA AKING
and accept him as the Christ, the Anointed
One of God, the Savior of the world their Sav- MGA
ior. Their prejudices blinded them to the point of
rejecting the salvation Jesus had come to offer. KABATAANG
And this distressed him so much. (See Mk 6:6.)
But the rejection by the townsfolk of Naza-
reth was just the beginning, almost an acted-
In celebration
out prophecy foreshadowing the numerous
other rejections Jesus would suffer and which of the 200th
would culminate in the one that brought him to Birth Anniversary
Calvary the worst rejection orchestrated and of St. John Bosco
spearheaded by the religious authorities of the
The rejection of Jesus as the Messiah by
the majority of the people of Israel continues to
this very day. Such is their tragedy. To his own Order now from Word & Life Publications
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