Sunday Catholic Mass Today | Daily TV Mass, January 17 2021
# The Archdiocese of Toronto and the National Catholic Broadcasting Council... ...through the kind cooperation of the Toronto Catholic District Schoolboard presents... <i>...Sunday TV Mass.</i>
Welcome to the celebration of the<i>Sunday TV Masson this, the second Sunday in ordinary time. I'm Msgr. Robert Nusca. The televising of this mass is made possible by the contribution from three donors. The first are Patricia, Mary, Theresa, Peter, Brenda, Roman, Edmund, and Teri for the repose of the soul of Matilda Stankovich, who would have been 100 years old. With love from her children.
The second are Wayne and Thekla Soar from Hamilton, Ontario, in thanksgiving for the blessings received for their 50-- 50th wedding anniversary. The third is an anonymous donor from Mississauga Ontario, in loving memory of their deceased parents and family members. Blessings on their children to get settled down with God-fearing partners, and to always remain united in love, peace, and understanding. Our thanks to our donors for the gift of this mass. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, the Holy Spirit.
Congregants: Amen. The Lord be with you. Congregants: And with your spirit.
Brothers and sisters let us now acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries. You were sent to heal the contrite of heart. Lord, have mercy.
Congregants: Lord, have mercy. Msgr. Nusca: You came to call sinners. Christ, have mercy. Congregants: Christ, have mercy. Msgr. Nusca: You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Lord, have mercy.
Congregants: Lord, have mercy. May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Congregants: Amen.
Glory to God in the highest. All: And on earth, peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. You take away the sins of the world.
Receive our prayer. You are seated at the right hand of the Father. Have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Let us pray. Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Congregants: Amen. A reading from the first book of Samuel. Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, "Samuel. Samuel!" And he said, "Here I am." Samuel ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me."
But Eli said, "I did not call. Lie down again." So, he went and lay down. The Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son.
Lie down again." Now, Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again a third time, and he got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.
Therefore, Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'" So, Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now, the Lord came and stood there, calling as before. "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. The Word of the Lord.
Congregants: Thanks be to God. # # Here I am Lord # # I come to do your will # # I waited patiently for the Lord # # He inclined to me # # And heard my cry # # He put a new song in my mouth # # A song of praise to our God # # Sacrifice and offering, you do not desire # # But you have given me an open ear # # Burnt offering and sin offering # # You have not required # # I have told the glad news of deliverance # # In the great congregation # # See I have not restrained my lips # # As you know, Lord # A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. Brother and sisters. The body is meant not for fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication.
Every sin that a person commits is outside the body, but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you which you have from God and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.
The Word of the Lord. Congregants: Thanks be to God. # # Alleluia, Alleluia # # Alleluia # # Alleluia # # We have found the messiah # # Jesus Christ who brings us # # Grace and truth # # Alleluia # # Alleluia # The Lord be with you# Congregants: And with your spirit. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John. Congregants: Glory be to the Lord.
Jesus was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he claimed, "Look! Here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi," which translated means "teacher," "Where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying. and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon.
One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah," which is translated, "The Christ." He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon, son of John. You are to be called Cephas," which is translated, "Peter." The Gospel of the Lord. Congregants: Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Sunday as the church returns now to ordinary time, in today's gospel we hear John taking us basically back to the beginnings of our Lord minis-- our Lord's ministry with his account of the call of the first disciples. As we have just heard Andrew is a follower of John the Baptist. He recognizes Jesus to be the Messiah on the basis of the Baptist's testimony, and so he begins to follow our Lord along with another unnamed disciple whom tradition would identify with the Beloved Disciple. As a result of this encounter with our Lord, Andrew introduces his brother Simon Peter to Jesus. As the Gospel continues, our Lord calls Phillip to follow him. He in turn brings Nathaniel
into the circle of followers. Later in the Gospel, the Samaritan woman will bring the people of her town to meet Jesus as a result of her encounter with our Lord at the well. Following her encounter with the risen Christ at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene brings the good news of the resurrection to the disciples.
And so I think several things emerge for our reflection. First of all, today's Gospel gives us a wonderful example in St. Andrew of what it means first and foremost to be a spiritual seeker. Here we should see how Jesus addresses to Andrew what is in many ways the key question in the Gospel of John. What do you seek? It has a profound-- Again, this is a profound existential question which resonates with the risen Lord's question to Mary Magdalene, "Whom do you seek?" When Peter, a spiritual seeker, replies that he would like to know where Jesus lives, our Lord says to him, "Come and see."
What appears at first a simple question is really a very deep one, I think that strikes at the heart of the human hunger for fulfillment in every generation, including today's high-tech secularized world. So, we're led to ask at a personal level. What do we seek? Whom do we week? In his confessions, St. Augustan writes, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee, O Lord."
Although writing in the 4th century, Augustan addresses the restlessness that characterizes the human heart in every generation. The heart can we say is wired for God even in a wireless age. The human heart is created to know, to love, to serve God, to worship God in the company of the angels and saints. Secondly, today's Gospel invites us to reflect a bit upon the mystery of God's call or vocation and of our mission to bring others to our Lord, who is the way, the truth, the life, the light of the world.
Last Sunday's feast of the Baptism of our Lord served to remind us that everyone is called by name from the moment of our baptism to live as children of God, that is to love God, to serve God and our neighbour on the journey of faith in this world, and so to be with God, to be with the angels and saints forever in the next world. So, what does Jesus call us to do in the Gospels? We see he calls us to follow him, to follow his commands, to love God, again to love our neighbour, including the poor, the stranger, the sick. In his command to Peter, to feed my sheep will remind us that Jesus calls his church to continue his own mission of sanctifying, healing, teaching, preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Called to be a priestly, prophetic, a royal people, we're more than followers.
Indeed, our Lord calls us friends. As he calls us to remain in his love and to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last. Finally, I think today's Gospel contains a very relevant message for our own time, not only at a personal, individual level, but also at a social, national, a global level.
Here, the emerging narrative in our time, at least for many of the world's elite and the mass media that they control, is the talk of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Far beyond the rise of the steam engine and the rise of factories and mass merchandising, the talk now is of a fusion of technologies that will blur the lines between the physical, the digital, and the biological spheres. It is said that these changes will fundamentally alter the way in which we live, work, and relate to one another, but as the world's corporate elite look for ingenious ways not to waste a good crisis in the midst of the COVID pandemic, we see more and more people are losing their businesses, their jobs, their means of livelihood. Are there questions arising regarding the extent of the harms caused by the lockdowns? The implications with regard to charter freedoms and rights, including the right of travel, the right of free assembly, the right to worship. Globally, Oxfam warns as I've said on other occasions, of an approaching hunger pandemic as millions throughout the world risk starving to death.
Already in 2015, Pope Francis issued a message through the President of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab on the occasion of their annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland. In it, he warned, and I quote, "In the face of profound and epical changes, world leaders are challenged to ensure that the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution, the result of robotics, scientific and technological innovations, does not lead to the destruction of the human person to be replaced by a soulless machine or to the transformation of our planet into an empty garden for the enjoyment of a chosen few. Yet the growth of equality demands first of all a transcendent vision of the human person." Here, quoting Benedict XVI, in his encyclical <i>Caritas in Veritate,</i> "For without the perspective of eternal life, human progress in this world is denied breathing space." He continues, "Only through an encounter with God are we able to see in the other something more than just another creature and to recognize the divine image in the other."
Ultimately, as we read (Speaking Indistinctly), without the Creator, the creature would fade into nothingness. So, as we continue to celebrate this mass, we pray for the grace to be a people transformed by our own encounters with the living Christ through the life of prayer, through the Eucharist that we may bring others to his divine truth, his light, and his mercy, and let us pray that we may serve him joyfully in those around us, especially the poor, the lost, the lonely, the abandoned, all those most in need of our Lord's own love and mercy. Please join me now together as we let us pray the Apostle's Creed.
All: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From there, he will come to judge the living and the dead I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Brothers and sisters, let us now make our prayers and petitions to God in Heaven. We pray for all those who have died, all those throughout the world that are suffering the various effects of the corona pandemic, that they may be strengthened by our prayers and by our solidarity with them. We pray to the Lord. Congregants: Lord hear our prayer.
For all of those in the<i>Daily TV Masscommunity who have asked to be included in our Prayer Intentions book, especially those who ask for peace in their family. We pray to the Lord. Congregants: Lord hear our prayer. Heavenly Father, you know the needs of your people in this passing life. We ask you to hear the prayers we've made and those that remain deep within our hearts, for we make them all through Christ.
Our Lord. Congregants: Amen. Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation, for through Your goodness we've received the bread we offer You. Fruit of the earth, the work of human hands. It will become for us the bread of life. Congregants: Blessed be God forever.
We come to share in divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation, for through Your goodness we've received the wine we offer You. Fruit of the vine, the work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.
Congregants: Blessed be God forever. We ask you to receive this and to be pleased with the sacrifice that we offer you with humble and contrite hearts. Lava me, Domine, ab iniquitate mea et a peccato meo munda me. Pray, brothers and sister, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father. Congregants: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands. For the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Holy Church.
Grant us, O Lord, we pray that we may participate worthily in these mysteries for whenever the memorial of the sacrifice is celebrated, the work of our redemption is accomplished. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Congregants: Amen. The Lord be with you. Congregants: And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts. Congregants: Lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. Congregants: It is right and just.
It is truly right and just. Our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks. Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God through Christ our Lord. For through his paschal mystery he accomplished the marvelous deed by which he has freed us from the yolk of sin and death, summoning us to the glory of now being called a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for your own possession. To proclaim everywhere Your mighty works for You have have called us out of darkness into Your own wonderful light. So, now with the angels, the archangels with thrones and dominions, with all the hosts and powers of Heaven, we sing the hymn of Your glory as without end we acclaim.
# # Holy # # Holy # # Holy Lord God of hosts # # Heaven and Earth # # Are full of your glory # # Hosanna in the highest # # Blessed is he # # Who comes in the name of the Lord # # Hosanna # # In the highest # You are indeed holy, O Lord. The fount of all holiness. Make holy therefore these gifts we pray by sending down your spirit upon the blights like dewfall so that it may become for us the body and blood of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you."
(Altar bell ringing) In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me." (Altar bell ringing) The mystery of faith. # # Save us, saviour of the world # # For by your cross # # And resurrection # # You have set us free # Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.
Humbly we pray that partaking of the body and blood of Christ we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your Church, spread throughout the world, and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Francis our Pope, Thomas our Bishop, and all the clergy. Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy.
Welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your son, Jesus Christ. Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Congregants: Amen. At the Saviour's command, informed by divine teaching, we dare to say.
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin, and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our saviour Jesus Christ. All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Lord Jesus Christ who said to your apostles, "Peace, I leave you. My peace, I give you." Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with You live who live and reign forever and ever. Congregants: Amen.
Peace of the Lord be with you always. Congregants: And with your spirit. # # Lamb of God # # You take away the sins # # Of the world # # Have mercy on us # # Lamb of God # # You take away the sins # # Of the world # # Have mercy on us # # Lamb of God # # You take away the sins # # Of the world # # Grant us peace # Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Congregants: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
(Altar bells ringing) Voiceover: Will those of you at home join with me now in this act of spiritual communion? # # Let us pray. Pour out upon us, O Lord, the spirit of your love, and in Your kindness, make those You have nourished by this one heavenly bread one in mind and heart. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Congregants: Amen. The Lord be with you. Congregants: And with your spirit. May almighty God bless you. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Congregants: Amen. Go forth, the mass has ended. Congregants: Thanks be to God.
Our thanks to our donors for the gift of this mass. # # Just as I am # # Without one plea # # But that Thy blood # # Was shed for me # # And that Thou bid'st # # Me come to Thee # # O Lamb of God # # I come # # Just as I am # # And waiting not # # To rid my soul # # Of one dark blot # # To Thee whose blood # # Can cleanse each spot #