Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily Transcript

>>Hello, friends. As you know, these are difficult days. I want you to know that at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls the TV mass is filmed in advance.

So, at mass today and the weeks going forward you will see people shaking hands and sharing in the common cup. These masses were filmed long before the coronavirus, so I want you to know that. So be at peace about that, that we’re following all the norms of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We want everyone to be healthy.

Most importantly, how important it is that we gather in prayer. Let us pray for one another and please pray for me and for the children at Mercy Home.

>>(Announcer) The following presentation is made possible by the generosity of the viewers of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.

>>Good morning and welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

My name is Dan Riley and I’m joined with Kristen Lynch and Patrick Holland. Our celebrant today is Father Scott Donahue, president of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and our congregation is from St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Constance, and St. Rosalie Parishes.

♪♪Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found; brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound. With grateful joy and holy fear, God’s charity we learn; let us with heart and mind and soul now love God in return.♪♪

>>We gather together as a people of faith to celebrate the eucharist together. As we offer our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

>>Amen.

>>The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>And as we gather, we turn to the Lord always seeking and then receiving the Lord’s loving forgiveness. Knowing that the Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and filled with love and with compassion we pray Lord have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>Christ have mercy.

>>Christ have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us of our sin, bring us to life everlasting.

>>Amen.

>>We praise our God as we sing.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>♪♪Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will. Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.♪♪

>>My friends, let us pray.

O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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.

>>Amen.

>>A reading from the second book of Kings.

One day Elisha came to Shunem, where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.

So, she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp, so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”

Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight. Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”

His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes! She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”

Elisha said, “Call her.”

When the woman had been called and stood at the door, Elisha promised, “This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.”

The word of the Lord.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>♪♪Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. The promises of the Lord I will sing forever, through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. For you have said, “My kindness is established forever” in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.♪♪

>>A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

Brothers and sisters: are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we too might live in newness of life. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.

We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.♪♪

>>The Lord be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Ours is a reading taken from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

>>Glory to you, O Lord.

>>Jesus said to his apostles:

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple- amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

The gospel of the Lord.

>>Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

>>One of the central themes in our readings today is a word that I love, it’s the word: hospitality. What do you think of when you think of gracious hospitality? Welcoming another.

St. Benedict, one of the great saints in the history of our church had what they called the ‘Benedictine Rule.’ The ‘Benedictine Rule’ was this: receive all as you would receive Christ. Or another way of saying, “Welcome all!” As you would welcome Christ. Treat even the stranger as the Christ. You never know who is knocking at the door.

Years ago, before I was ordained a priest I went to dinner with one of my classmates from the seminary. We went to the family home in the Beverly community -Christ the King. And we were sitting there having a Sunday meal and there was a knock at the door. And Mrs. Brucks got up and she answered the door. And there was a man standing there and he was, in the old language you would call them a ‘hobo.’

He was a man who walked the railroad tracks and really made his living out of begging. The hobos had their own language, I don’t know if you’re aware of that. But on telephone poles they would write messages to one another. And the message would say, go to this house and you will get a good meal. And so he was there for a Sunday meal.

I was taken aback by it, but Mrs. Brucks was a saintly woman. She welcomed him into the home. She brought him out to the sun porch in their home, she prepared a meal like we were eating a meal, on beautiful china. And she treated him with great respect.

Welcome everyone as you would welcome the Christ. Gracious hospitality.

I never forgot that life lesson taught to me by this gracious and holy woman. Interestingly enough, on her death bed in the hospital she was surrounded by her daughters. And she called to her daughters -she was very feeble, unable just to sit up- and she called to her daughters saying, “Do you see her?” Do you see her?”

And the daughters said, “Mother, what?”

“Do you see her? It’s our blessed mother. She’s come.”

And she sat up, opened her arms laid back in bed and fell into death and into the life of Christ. Gracious hospitality as disciples of the Lord.

Let’s stand together and profess our common faith:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us men, for our salvation, He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.

For our sake, He was crucified under pontius pilate. He suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken to the prophets.

I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Let’s take this opportunity now to place in the hands of the Lord the prayers we find in our hearts and prayers that we offer for the community.

>>Our response to each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

Bless the Holy Father, all priests, clergy and those carrying your message of peace and love in the world.

We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless those who are homeless, hungry and suffering, with hope through the compassion of others. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless the children of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls with renewed faith through the faith and love of their benefactors. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless those who are struggling in their lives, that your presence may give them strength. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Good and loving God, hear all of our prayers. Those prayers we pray out loud and those prayers that rest in the quiet of our hearts. Help us to be gracious people of hospitality, faithful followers of the Lord. We pray through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>Pray my friends, my sisters and brothers; that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Father Almighty.

>>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 of His Holy Church.

>>O God, who graciously accomplish the effects of your mysteries, grant, we pray, that the deeds by which we serve you may be worthy of these sacred gifts. Through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

>>The Lord is with you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Lift up your hearts.

>>We lift them up to the Lord.

>>Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

>>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 out of compassion for the waywardness that is ours, He humbled Himself and he was born of the Virgin Mary; by the passion of the cross He freed us from unending death, and by rising from the dead, He gave us life eternal.

And so, with angels and the archangels, thrones and dominions, with all the hosts and the powers of heaven we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪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. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna. 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 them like the dewfalls, so that they become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time that He was betrayed and entered willingly into His passion, He took bread and giving thanks He broke it. He 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.”

In a similar way when the 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 the eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.”

The mystery of faith.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Jesus, until you come again. Until you come again.♪♪

>>Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and his resurrection, we offer to 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, Blasé our bishop, and with all your faith-filled people.

Remember also our sisters and our brothers who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all of those who have died in your mercy, welcome them into the light of your presence.

Have mercy on us all we pray that with the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of God, with her blessed spouse Joseph, with the blessed apostles and with the martyrs, with St. Benedict, with all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages.

We may merit to be co-heirs 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 forever and ever.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.♪♪

>>We pray together as Jesus taught us to pray:

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, and graciously grant peace in our day that by your help of mercy we may be freed from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.

>>For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

>>Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his apostles, “Peace I leave you; it is my peace I give to you.”

Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

>>Amen.

>>The peace of the risen Lord be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Share the Lord’s peace.

And those of you who are at home celebrating this eucharist with us here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls; we pray for God’s choicest blessings in your life and the peace of Christ.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪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.♪♪

>>My friends behold Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those who are invited to the supper of the lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>For those of you at home please turn to page six in your Sunday Mass guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘Here I Am, O God.’

♪♪Here I Am, O God…♪♪

[prayer recited]

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Here I am, O God, I come to do your will, I come to do your will.♪♪

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>I invite you to turn to page six of the TV Mass guide and pray with me the prayer we have here for the children at Mercy Home.

Our Lady of Mercy, we pray that you will guide, protect, and bless all boys and girls who this day have a home called mercy. May they find the Father’s mercy as we offer them our hearts in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. May they see God’s mercy in action through our love, prayers, and sacrifices.

>>We continue our prayer. May this divine sacrifice we have offered and received fill us with life, O Lord, we pray, so that, bound to you in lasting charity, we may bear fruit that lasts for ever. Through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

>>The Lord is with you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>May Almighty God bless us all, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

>>Amen.

>>Our mass has ended. Go in peace.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪God’s blessing sends us forth, strengthened for our task on earth, refreshed in soul and renewed in mind. May God with us remain, through us the spirit reign, that Christ be known to humankind. God’s news in spoken word joyfully our hearts…♪♪

>>Hello, friends. And thank you once again for participating in the prayer of the church; the mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Over 75 thousand of you and perhaps others are able to participate in this wonderful ministry of hope and healing and the prayer of our church.

If you’d like to, and we’d appreciate it, please make a donation to continue this wonderful ministry of the airwaves. You can go to: [see the screen] and find the information as to how to make a donation.

Please pray for the children at Mercy Home. I pray for you.

This is nearly 30 years we’ve been praying together on the airwaves.

>>(Announcer) The people’s mass book is provided by the J.S. Paluch Company. Flowers provided by Anton’s Greenhouse; Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Homily Video

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily Transcript

>>Hello, friends. As you know, these are difficult days. I want you to know that at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls the TV mass is filmed in advance.

So, at mass today and the weeks going forward you will see people shaking hands and sharing in the common cup. These masses were filmed long before the coronavirus, so I want you to know that. So be at peace about that, that we’re following all the norms of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We want everyone to be healthy.

Most importantly, how important it is that we gather in prayer. Let us pray for one another and please pray for me and for the children at Mercy Home.

>>(Announcer) The following presentation is made possible by the generosity of the viewers of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.

>>Good morning and welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

My name is Dan Riley and I’m joined with Kristen Lynch and Patrick Holland. Our celebrant today is Father Scott Donahue, president of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and our congregation is from St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Constance, and St. Rosalie Parishes.

♪♪Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found; brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound. With grateful joy and holy fear, God’s charity we learn; let us with heart and mind and soul now love God in return.♪♪

>>We gather together as a people of faith to celebrate the eucharist together. As we offer our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

>>Amen.

>>The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>And as we gather, we turn to the Lord always seeking and then receiving the Lord’s loving forgiveness. Knowing that the Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and filled with love and with compassion we pray Lord have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>Christ have mercy.

>>Christ have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us of our sin, bring us to life everlasting.

>>Amen.

>>We praise our God as we sing.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>♪♪Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will. Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.♪♪

>>My friends, let us pray.

O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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.

>>Amen.

>>A reading from the second book of Kings.

One day Elisha came to Shunem, where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.

So, she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp, so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”

Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight. Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”

His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes! She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”

Elisha said, “Call her.”

When the woman had been called and stood at the door, Elisha promised, “This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.”

The word of the Lord.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>♪♪Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. The promises of the Lord I will sing forever, through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. For you have said, “My kindness is established forever” in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.♪♪

>>A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

Brothers and sisters: are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we too might live in newness of life. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.

We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.♪♪

>>The Lord be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Ours is a reading taken from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

>>Glory to you, O Lord.

>>Jesus said to his apostles:

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple- amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

The gospel of the Lord.

>>Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

>>One of the central themes in our readings today is a word that I love, it’s the word: hospitality. What do you think of when you think of gracious hospitality? Welcoming another.

St. Benedict, one of the great saints in the history of our church had what they called the ‘Benedictine Rule.’ The ‘Benedictine Rule’ was this: receive all as you would receive Christ. Or another way of saying, “Welcome all!” As you would welcome Christ. Treat even the stranger as the Christ. You never know who is knocking at the door.

Years ago, before I was ordained a priest I went to dinner with one of my classmates from the seminary. We went to the family home in the Beverly community -Christ the King. And we were sitting there having a Sunday meal and there was a knock at the door. And Mrs. Brucks got up and she answered the door. And there was a man standing there and he was, in the old language you would call them a ‘hobo.’

He was a man who walked the railroad tracks and really made his living out of begging. The hobos had their own language, I don’t know if you’re aware of that. But on telephone poles they would write messages to one another. And the message would say, go to this house and you will get a good meal. And so he was there for a Sunday meal.

I was taken aback by it, but Mrs. Brucks was a saintly woman. She welcomed him into the home. She brought him out to the sun porch in their home, she prepared a meal like we were eating a meal, on beautiful china. And she treated him with great respect.

Welcome everyone as you would welcome the Christ. Gracious hospitality.

I never forgot that life lesson taught to me by this gracious and holy woman. Interestingly enough, on her death bed in the hospital she was surrounded by her daughters. And she called to her daughters -she was very feeble, unable just to sit up- and she called to her daughters saying, “Do you see her?” Do you see her?”

And the daughters said, “Mother, what?”

“Do you see her? It’s our blessed mother. She’s come.”

And she sat up, opened her arms laid back in bed and fell into death and into the life of Christ. Gracious hospitality as disciples of the Lord.

Let’s stand together and profess our common faith:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us men, for our salvation, He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.

For our sake, He was crucified under pontius pilate. He suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken to the prophets.

I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Let’s take this opportunity now to place in the hands of the Lord the prayers we find in our hearts and prayers that we offer for the community.

>>Our response to each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

Bless the Holy Father, all priests, clergy and those carrying your message of peace and love in the world.

We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless those who are homeless, hungry and suffering, with hope through the compassion of others. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless the children of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls with renewed faith through the faith and love of their benefactors. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless those who are struggling in their lives, that your presence may give them strength. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Good and loving God, hear all of our prayers. Those prayers we pray out loud and those prayers that rest in the quiet of our hearts. Help us to be gracious people of hospitality, faithful followers of the Lord. We pray through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>Pray my friends, my sisters and brothers; that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Father Almighty.

>>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 of His Holy Church.

>>O God, who graciously accomplish the effects of your mysteries, grant, we pray, that the deeds by which we serve you may be worthy of these sacred gifts. Through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

>>The Lord is with you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Lift up your hearts.

>>We lift them up to the Lord.

>>Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

>>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 out of compassion for the waywardness that is ours, He humbled Himself and he was born of the Virgin Mary; by the passion of the cross He freed us from unending death, and by rising from the dead, He gave us life eternal.

And so, with angels and the archangels, thrones and dominions, with all the hosts and the powers of heaven we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪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. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna. 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 them like the dewfalls, so that they become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time that He was betrayed and entered willingly into His passion, He took bread and giving thanks He broke it. He 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.”

In a similar way when the 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 the eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.”

The mystery of faith.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Jesus, until you come again. Until you come again.♪♪

>>Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and his resurrection, we offer to 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, Blasé our bishop, and with all your faith-filled people.

Remember also our sisters and our brothers who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all of those who have died in your mercy, welcome them into the light of your presence.

Have mercy on us all we pray that with the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of God, with her blessed spouse Joseph, with the blessed apostles and with the martyrs, with St. Benedict, with all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages.

We may merit to be co-heirs 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 forever and ever.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.♪♪

>>We pray together as Jesus taught us to pray:

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, and graciously grant peace in our day that by your help of mercy we may be freed from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.

>>For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

>>Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his apostles, “Peace I leave you; it is my peace I give to you.”

Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

>>Amen.

>>The peace of the risen Lord be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Share the Lord’s peace.

And those of you who are at home celebrating this eucharist with us here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls; we pray for God’s choicest blessings in your life and the peace of Christ.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪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.♪♪

>>My friends behold Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those who are invited to the supper of the lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>For those of you at home please turn to page six in your Sunday Mass guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘Here I Am, O God.’

♪♪Here I Am, O God…♪♪

[prayer recited]

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Here I am, O God, I come to do your will, I come to do your will.♪♪

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>I invite you to turn to page six of the TV Mass guide and pray with me the prayer we have here for the children at Mercy Home.

Our Lady of Mercy, we pray that you will guide, protect, and bless all boys and girls who this day have a home called mercy. May they find the Father’s mercy as we offer them our hearts in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. May they see God’s mercy in action through our love, prayers, and sacrifices.

>>We continue our prayer. May this divine sacrifice we have offered and received fill us with life, O Lord, we pray, so that, bound to you in lasting charity, we may bear fruit that lasts for ever. Through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

>>The Lord is with you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>May Almighty God bless us all, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

>>Amen.

>>Our mass has ended. Go in peace.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪God’s blessing sends us forth, strengthened for our task on earth, refreshed in soul and renewed in mind. May God with us remain, through us the spirit reign, that Christ be known to humankind. God’s news in spoken word joyfully our hearts…♪♪

>>Hello, friends. And thank you once again for participating in the prayer of the church; the mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Over 75 thousand of you and perhaps others are able to participate in this wonderful ministry of hope and healing and the prayer of our church.

If you’d like to, and we’d appreciate it, please make a donation to continue this wonderful ministry of the airwaves. You can go to: [see the screen] and find the information as to how to make a donation.

Please pray for the children at Mercy Home. I pray for you.

This is nearly 30 years we’ve been praying together on the airwaves.

>>(Announcer) The people’s mass book is provided by the J.S. Paluch Company. Flowers provided by Anton’s Greenhouse; Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Full Mass Video

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily Transcript

>>Hello, friends. As you know, these are difficult days. I want you to know that at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls the TV mass is filmed in advance.

So, at mass today and the weeks going forward you will see people shaking hands and sharing in the common cup. These masses were filmed long before the coronavirus, so I want you to know that. So be at peace about that, that we’re following all the norms of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We want everyone to be healthy.

Most importantly, how important it is that we gather in prayer. Let us pray for one another and please pray for me and for the children at Mercy Home.

>>(Announcer) The following presentation is made possible by the generosity of the viewers of Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.

>>Good morning and welcome to Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Today we celebrate the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

My name is Dan Riley and I’m joined with Kristen Lynch and Patrick Holland. Our celebrant today is Father Scott Donahue, president of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and our congregation is from St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Constance, and St. Rosalie Parishes.

♪♪Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found; brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound. With grateful joy and holy fear, God’s charity we learn; let us with heart and mind and soul now love God in return.♪♪

>>We gather together as a people of faith to celebrate the eucharist together. As we offer our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

>>Amen.

>>The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>And as we gather, we turn to the Lord always seeking and then receiving the Lord’s loving forgiveness. Knowing that the Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and filled with love and with compassion we pray Lord have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>Christ have mercy.

>>Christ have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>Lord have mercy.

>>May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us of our sin, bring us to life everlasting.

>>Amen.

>>We praise our God as we sing.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>♪♪Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will. Glory! Glory to God in the highest. Glory! Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.♪♪

>>My friends, let us pray.

O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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.

>>Amen.

>>A reading from the second book of Kings.

One day Elisha came to Shunem, where there was a woman of influence, who urged him to dine with her. Afterward, whenever he passed by, he used to stop there to dine.

So, she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp, so that when he comes to us he can stay there.”

Sometime later Elisha arrived and stayed in the room overnight. Later Elisha asked, “Can something be done for her?”

His servant Gehazi answered, “Yes! She has no son, and her husband is getting on in years.”

Elisha said, “Call her.”

When the woman had been called and stood at the door, Elisha promised, “This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.”

The word of the Lord.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>♪♪Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. The promises of the Lord I will sing forever, through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. For you have said, “My kindness is established forever” in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.♪♪

>>A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.

Brothers and sisters: are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, we too might live in newness of life. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.

We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.♪♪

>>The Lord be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Ours is a reading taken from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

>>Glory to you, O Lord.

>>Jesus said to his apostles:

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple- amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

The gospel of the Lord.

>>Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

>>One of the central themes in our readings today is a word that I love, it’s the word: hospitality. What do you think of when you think of gracious hospitality? Welcoming another.

St. Benedict, one of the great saints in the history of our church had what they called the ‘Benedictine Rule.’ The ‘Benedictine Rule’ was this: receive all as you would receive Christ. Or another way of saying, “Welcome all!” As you would welcome Christ. Treat even the stranger as the Christ. You never know who is knocking at the door.

Years ago, before I was ordained a priest I went to dinner with one of my classmates from the seminary. We went to the family home in the Beverly community -Christ the King. And we were sitting there having a Sunday meal and there was a knock at the door. And Mrs. Brucks got up and she answered the door. And there was a man standing there and he was, in the old language you would call them a ‘hobo.’

He was a man who walked the railroad tracks and really made his living out of begging. The hobos had their own language, I don’t know if you’re aware of that. But on telephone poles they would write messages to one another. And the message would say, go to this house and you will get a good meal. And so he was there for a Sunday meal.

I was taken aback by it, but Mrs. Brucks was a saintly woman. She welcomed him into the home. She brought him out to the sun porch in their home, she prepared a meal like we were eating a meal, on beautiful china. And she treated him with great respect.

Welcome everyone as you would welcome the Christ. Gracious hospitality.

I never forgot that life lesson taught to me by this gracious and holy woman. Interestingly enough, on her death bed in the hospital she was surrounded by her daughters. And she called to her daughters -she was very feeble, unable just to sit up- and she called to her daughters saying, “Do you see her?” Do you see her?”

And the daughters said, “Mother, what?”

“Do you see her? It’s our blessed mother. She’s come.”

And she sat up, opened her arms laid back in bed and fell into death and into the life of Christ. Gracious hospitality as disciples of the Lord.

Let’s stand together and profess our common faith:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father. Through him all things were made.

For us men, for our salvation, He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.

For our sake, He was crucified under pontius pilate. He suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken to the prophets.

I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Let’s take this opportunity now to place in the hands of the Lord the prayers we find in our hearts and prayers that we offer for the community.

>>Our response to each prayer will be, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

Bless the Holy Father, all priests, clergy and those carrying your message of peace and love in the world.

We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless those who are homeless, hungry and suffering, with hope through the compassion of others. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless the children of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls with renewed faith through the faith and love of their benefactors. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Bless those who are struggling in their lives, that your presence may give them strength. We pray to the Lord.

>>Lord, hear our prayer.

>>Good and loving God, hear all of our prayers. Those prayers we pray out loud and those prayers that rest in the quiet of our hearts. Help us to be gracious people of hospitality, faithful followers of the Lord. We pray through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>Pray my friends, my sisters and brothers; that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Father Almighty.

>>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 of His Holy Church.

>>O God, who graciously accomplish the effects of your mysteries, grant, we pray, that the deeds by which we serve you may be worthy of these sacred gifts. Through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

>>The Lord is with you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Lift up your hearts.

>>We lift them up to the Lord.

>>Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

>>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 out of compassion for the waywardness that is ours, He humbled Himself and he was born of the Virgin Mary; by the passion of the cross He freed us from unending death, and by rising from the dead, He gave us life eternal.

And so, with angels and the archangels, thrones and dominions, with all the hosts and the powers of heaven we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪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. Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna. 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 them like the dewfalls, so that they become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time that He was betrayed and entered willingly into His passion, He took bread and giving thanks He broke it. He 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.”

In a similar way when the 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 the eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.”

The mystery of faith.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Jesus, until you come again. Until you come again.♪♪

>>Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and his resurrection, we offer to 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, Blasé our bishop, and with all your faith-filled people.

Remember also our sisters and our brothers who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all of those who have died in your mercy, welcome them into the light of your presence.

Have mercy on us all we pray that with the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of God, with her blessed spouse Joseph, with the blessed apostles and with the martyrs, with St. Benedict, with all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages.

We may merit to be co-heirs 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 forever and ever.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.♪♪

>>We pray together as Jesus taught us to pray:

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, and graciously grant peace in our day that by your help of mercy we may be freed from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ.

>>For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

>>Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his apostles, “Peace I leave you; it is my peace I give to you.”

Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who lives and reigns forever and ever.

>>Amen.

>>The peace of the risen Lord be with each of you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>Share the Lord’s peace.

And those of you who are at home celebrating this eucharist with us here at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls; we pray for God’s choicest blessings in your life and the peace of Christ.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪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.♪♪

>>My friends behold Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those who are invited to the supper of the lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>For those of you at home please turn to page six in your Sunday Mass guide and join in singing our communion hymn, ‘Here I Am, O God.’

♪♪Here I Am, O God…♪♪

[prayer recited]

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪Here I am, O God, I come to do your will, I come to do your will.♪♪

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

>>I invite you to turn to page six of the TV Mass guide and pray with me the prayer we have here for the children at Mercy Home.

Our Lady of Mercy, we pray that you will guide, protect, and bless all boys and girls who this day have a home called mercy. May they find the Father’s mercy as we offer them our hearts in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. May they see God’s mercy in action through our love, prayers, and sacrifices.

>>We continue our prayer. May this divine sacrifice we have offered and received fill us with life, O Lord, we pray, so that, bound to you in lasting charity, we may bear fruit that lasts for ever. Through Christ our Lord.

>>Amen.

>>The Lord is with you.

>>And with your spirit.

>>May Almighty God bless us all, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

>>Amen.

>>Our mass has ended. Go in peace.

>>Thanks be to God.

♪♪[piano playing]♪♪

♪♪God’s blessing sends us forth, strengthened for our task on earth, refreshed in soul and renewed in mind. May God with us remain, through us the spirit reign, that Christ be known to humankind. God’s news in spoken word joyfully our hearts…♪♪

>>Hello, friends. And thank you once again for participating in the prayer of the church; the mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Over 75 thousand of you and perhaps others are able to participate in this wonderful ministry of hope and healing and the prayer of our church.

If you’d like to, and we’d appreciate it, please make a donation to continue this wonderful ministry of the airwaves. You can go to: [see the screen] and find the information as to how to make a donation.

Please pray for the children at Mercy Home. I pray for you.

This is nearly 30 years we’ve been praying together on the airwaves.

>>(Announcer) The people’s mass book is provided by the J.S. Paluch Company. Flowers provided by Anton’s Greenhouse; Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Homily Video

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily Transcript

One of the central themes in our readings today is a word that I love, it’s the word: hospitality. What do you think of when you think of gracious hospitality? Welcoming another.

St. Benedict, one of the great saints in the history of our church had what they called the ‘Benedictine Rule.’ The ‘Benedictine Rule’ was this: receive all as you would receive Christ. Or another way of saying, “Welcome all!” As you would welcome Christ. Treat even the stranger as the Christ. You never know who is knocking at the door.

Years ago, before I was ordained a priest I went to dinner with one of my classmates from the seminary. We went to the family home in the Beverly community -Christ the King. And we were sitting there having a Sunday meal and there was a knock at the door. And Mrs. Brucks got up and she answered the door. And there was a man standing there and he was, in the old language you would call them a ‘hobo.’

He was a man who walked the railroad tracks and really made his living out of begging. The hobos had their own language, I don’t know if you’re aware of that. But on telephone poles they would write messages to one another. And the message would say, go to this house and you will get a good meal. And so he was there for a Sunday meal.

I was taken aback by it, but Mrs. Brucks was a saintly woman. She welcomed him into the home. She brought him out to the sun porch in their home, she prepared a meal like we were eating a meal, on beautiful china. And she treated him with great respect.

Welcome everyone as you would welcome the Christ. Gracious hospitality.

I never forgot that life lesson taught to me by this gracious and holy woman. Interestingly enough, on her death bed in the hospital she was surrounded by her daughters. And she called to her daughters -she was very feeble, unable just to sit up- and she called to her daughters saying, “Do you see her?” Do you see her?”

And the daughters said, “Mother, what?”

“Do you see her? It’s our blessed mother. She’s come.”

And she sat up, opened her arms laid back in bed and fell into death and into the life of Christ. Gracious hospitality as disciples of the Lord.

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