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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 15, n. 34)

16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C

July 21, 2019

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Comes to Us in His Living Word”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A suitable Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

INTRODUCTION

(cf. Ottokar Prohaszka, in Meditations on the Sunday Gospel, Year C, ed. John Rotelle, New York: New City Press, 1998, p. 104-105)

Martha, the busy woman, receives Jesus into her house, but even in his presence she is unable to stop work; she is so busy, there is so much to do! Whereas Mary is not working now; she sits at Jesus’ feet and opens her soul to him. She has been working and will work again later, but now she adores, loves, enjoys and is radiantly happy. (…) Martha should also sit down in the Master’s presence trying to enter into his soul. Time for work will be forthcoming afterwards. (…) One thing is needed – a spirit united with God and living by him. With God for your life, your center, all your endeavors will be integrated as the circumference of this center. The “one thing needful” is a pure, beautiful noble soul that loves God. Whoever chooses this has chosen the best part.

 

SILENT ADORATION 

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: Lord,

be merciful to your people.

Fill us with your gifts

and make us always eager to serve you

in faith, hope and love.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.

Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word

 

FIRST READING: Gn 18:1-10a

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Col 1:24-28

GOSPEL READING: Lk 10:38-42

POINTS FOR REFLECTION 

In the context of the total paschal event in which Jesus becomes the Bread broken and shared for the life of the world, we can perceive that the true Host in Luke’s story is Jesus Christ himself. He breaks the bread of the living Word for Mary, whose spiritual hunger is being satisfied as she peacefully sits beside the Lord at his feet, listening to him speak. Generous and hospitable, the true Lord of the banquet gently invites the hardworking Martha to sort out her priorities and examine her manifold concerns. Jesus invites her to set aside the anxieties of a fretful hostess bent on preparing a perfect meal. Rather, he challenges Martha to render the utmost hospitality that a disciple could offer, the one that her dear sister, Mary, has lavished upon him. Indeed, Mary of Bethany, an image of a true disciple, chooses the better part, which is to listen to the saving word of God in order to act upon it. 

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Are we hospitable? Why or why not? In what ways are we Martha? In what ways are we Mary? Is our Christian discipleship characterized with receptivity and true listening to the word of God which leads us to love and serve our neighbor?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

(Adapted from a prayer composed by Blessed Alberione)

Leader: Come, Jesus Master,

deign to accept the hospitality

we offer you in our heart.

We want to prepare for you

the comfort and the reparation,

which you found in Bethany,

with your two loving disciples, Martha and Mary.

In the joy of welcoming you,

we pray that you may grant to us in our contemplative life

that intimacy which Mary enjoyed,

and the acceptance of our active life

in the spirit of the faithful and hard-working Martha.

Cherish and sanctify us,

as you loved and sanctified the family of Bethany.

In the friendly hospitality of that house

you spent your last days on earth,

preparing for us the gifts of the Eucharist,

of the priesthood,

of your own life.

Jesus Master, Way and Truth, and Life,

grant that we may correspond to this great love

by sanctifying our apostolic services

for the glory of God and the salvation of humanity.

You live and reign forever and ever.

Amen.  

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.

  

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word

 

PERSONAL PRAYER

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Rosary’s Glorious Mysteries may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Leader: Let us earnestly pray to our loving and merciful God and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Pope’s Intention for this month of July: For the Integrity of Justice – That those who administer justice may work with integrity and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word. We pray: (R.)

2. That refugees and immigrants may find solace and a better future in the welcoming nations, and that the host nations may be blessed abundantly for their humanitarian spirit and solidarity with the poor and vulnerable.  We pray: (R.)

3. That the people of today who hunger for the living Word may have the grace to sit at the feet of the Divine Master and be nourished with the food for eternal life. We pray: (R.)

4. That the Lectio Divina apostolate and other apostolic endeavors to break the bread of the Word may bear spiritual fruit and lead to life-transformation. We pray: (R.)

5. For the sick that they may experience God’s healing hand, for the unemployed that they may find honest jobs at fair living wages, for the victims of various addictions and violence that they may be liberated, for the homeless that they may find a welcoming shelter, for the grieving that they may experience the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit. We pray: (R.)

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Lord,

come live in your people

and strengthen them by your grace.

Help them to remain close to you in prayer

and give them true love for one another.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn or another appropriate song may be sung.   

  

 

  

 

  

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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