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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 13, n. 36)

17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

July 30, 2017

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Is the Hidden Treasure in the Field and the Pearl of Great Price”

 

 

(+) 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.

 

WORDS OF THE CHURCH FATHER ORIGEN           

To the seeker after fine pearls may be applied the words, Seek and you will find, and, Everyone who seeks will find. If you ask what is to be sought, and what will be found by everyone who seeks for it, I say with all confidence: pearls – especially that pearl which will be acquired by those who give their all, who sacrifice everything for it, the pearl Paul meant when he said: I have accepted the loss of everything in order to gain Christ. Everything means beautiful pearls; to gain Christ refers to the one pearl of great price.

 

SILENT ADORATION

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: God our Father and protector,

without you nothing is holy,

nothing has value.

Guide us to everlasting life

by helping us to use wisely

the blessings you have given to the world.

We ask 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: I Kgs 3:5, 7-12

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Rom 8:28-30

GOSPEL READING: Mt 13:44-52

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

Jesus continues to speak in parables. In the parables of the treasure in the field and the precious pearl (Mt 13:44-46) and in the parable of the dragnet (Mt 13:47-50), he teaches us the meaning of the kingdom of heaven. The twin parables of the treasure in the field and the precious pearl underline the absolute, incomparable values of God’s kingdom, the joy that it brings, the total commitment that it deserves and the overriding zeal with which it must be pursued. The remarkable response of the treasure finder and the pearl merchant is decisive, total and absolute. Indeed, the kingdom of heaven is a treasure beyond price and demands renunciation and sacrifice in order to acquire it.

The parable of the fishing net thrown into the sea reminds us that the coming of God’s kingdom includes a final judgment in which the good and the bad will be separated definitively and receive their fitting reward and punishment. This parable highlights the presence of both good and evil in the Church and in the world. It seeks to instill in us patience and tolerance, which flow from a discerning heart, until the day of final judgment.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word 

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

Do I seek and pursue the heavenly kingdom as the “hidden treasure in the field” and as the “pearl of great price”? Have I allowed myself to be instructed in the kingdom of heaven that like the head of a household, I am able to bring forth from the storeroom both the new and the old? How do I proclaim the treasures of the Gospel in the challenging reality of today’s situation?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

 Leader: Loving Father,

you have prepared for us the astounding treasure of the kingdom of heaven

and have given us the incomparable gift, Jesus Christ,

the ultimate pearl of great price.

Grant that we may open ourselves humbly and totally

to the kingdom value and the love of Jesus Christ.

Give us a discerning heart

that, in our life of discipleship,

we may be like the intelligent scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven

and the head of the household

who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.

We adore you, Father,

and we give you praise

for your radically new act of saving love in your Son, Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

now and forever. 

Assembly: Amen.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting 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: Trusting in the Lord’s providential care for his faithful disciples, let us turn to him in prayer and say:

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Pope’s Intention for Evangelization for this month of June: That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of Christian life.. We pray: (R.)

2. That we may have a discerning heart that will enable us to find the “hidden treasure in the field” and the “pearl of great price” and thus commit ourselves fully to pursue God’s kingdom. We pray:  (R.)

3. That the daily life of Christian followers may be guided by a “wise and understanding heart” and that those who live by divine wisdom may triumph over evil and adversities and humbly promote the common good. We pray: (R.)

4. That in moments of trials and afflictions, we may be assured that all things work for good for those who love God and, called to be conformed to the image of his Son, we may rejoice in our human dignity and be strengthened by the hope of eternal glory. We pray: (R.)

5. That the victims of various tragedies may find eternal joy in the bosom of our loving God and that the sacrifice of their innocent lives my bring forth peace and reconciliation in our troubled world; that the vicious cycle of violence in warring nations may be dispelled by the spirit of brotherhood and compassion; that we may have the courage to be peaceful and the grace to be channels of God’s loving mercy. We pray: (R,)

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Leader: Lord,

help your people to seek you with all their hearts

and to deserve what you promise.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

  

 

   

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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