THE WORDFirst Reading
Wisdom 1:13-15:2:23-24It was the devil’s envy that brought death into the worldResponsorial Psalm
Ps 29: 2.4-6.11-13. R. v. 2R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.Second Reading
Corinthians 8:7.9.13-15Your abundance should supply their want.Gospel Acclamation
2 Tim 1:10bAlleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour Jesus Christ has done away with death
and brought us life through his gospel.
Mark 5:21-43Young girl, I say to you, arise
When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
Some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, ‘Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ which means, ‘little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.Images from the Word
- Save her life
- Who touched
- Have faith
- To be
- Your surplus
‘For the celebration of the Eucharist, the People of God are normally gathered together in a church or, if there is no church or if it is too small, then in another respectable place that is nonetheless worthy of so great a mystery. Therefore, churches or other places should be suitable for carrying out the sacred action and for ensuring the active participation of the faithful. Moreover, sacred buildings and requisites for divine worship should be truly worthy and beautiful and be signs and symbols of heavenly realities.’ (General Instruction of the Roman Missal §288)
The space for our eucharistic gathering is designed with a special purpose in mind: the space must be suitable for the sacred action and allow the active participation of the assembly. It is not an auditorium or a sports arena. It must also employ the talents of our artists so that we can proclaim the glory of heaven. ‘All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy!’
THE WORDFirst Reading
Ezekiel 2:2-5The people are rebellious; they shall know there will be a prophet in their midst.
Ps 122. R. v. 2R. Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
Corinthians 12:7-10I will glory in my infirmities so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Lk 4:18Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
He sent me to bring Good News to the poor.
Mark 6:1-6A prophet is despised only in his own country.
Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.Images from the Word
- Home town
- Son of Mary
- Lack of faith
- Set of rebels
- My weaknesses
‘The function of proclaiming the readings is by tradition not presidential but ministerial. Therefore the readings are to be read by a reader, but the Gospel by the Deacon or, in his absence, by another Priest. If, however, a Deacon or another Priest is not present, the Priest Celebrant himself should read the Gospel.’ (General Instruction of the Roman Missal §59)
The Church does not expect the ministers of the Word just to read the text—they are called to proclaim the text. The assembly’s role during this proclamation is to listen to the proclamation—even the presider shares this role with the assembly as he is not expected to proclaim. Nowadays, many in the assembly actually read the text; this certainly is not expected—we are all called to listen with the ear of our heart so that we may be touched by God’s Word. We should read the text before the celebration as our way of preparing for Mass. We can then come ready to listen. ‘Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice.’
Amos 7:12-15Go, prophesy to my people.
Ps 84:9-14. R. v. 8R. Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.
Ephesians 1:3-14Before the world was made, he chose us in Christ
cf. Eph. 1:17-18Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our heart
that we might see how great is the hope
to which we are called.
Mark 6:7-13He called the Twelve, and began to send them out.
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals, but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.Images from the Word
Liturgical Notes‘A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration, and therefore it is reserved for the Most Blessed Sacrament … If the tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament is situated in the sanctuary, the Priest, the Deacon and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the altar and when they depart from it but not during the celebration of Mass itself.’
- In pairs
- Stay there
- As a sign
- Go away
- Hidden plan
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal §274)
While devotional practices are part of our life, during the celebration of the Mass they are limited in their use. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is very important but during the celebration of the Mass the liturgical requirements are to be observed. Thus genuflection to the Blessed Sacrament at the beginning and the end of the Mass is most appropriate. During the celebration there are only three genuflections to be made: after the showing of the Consecrated Host and Chalice and before Communion. Otherwise the ministers do not genuflect during the usual Sunday Mass. ‘As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory.’
THE WORDFirst Reading
Jeremiah 23:1-6The remnant of the flock I will gather to me, and bring them back to their pastures.
Ps 22 R. v. 2R. The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.
Ephesians 2:13-18Christ, our peace, has made us one.
Jn 10:27Alleluia, alleluia!
My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
Mark 6:30-34They were as sheep without a shepherd
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.Images from the Word
Liturgical Notes‘Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it takes place under both kinds. For in this form the sign of the Eucharistic banquet is more clearly evident and clearer expression is given to the divine will by which the new and eternal Covenant is ratified in the Blood of the Lord, as also the connection between the Eucharistic banquet and the eschatological banquet in the Kingdom of the Father.’
- Lonely place
- Pity on them
- Blood of Christ
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal §281)
During the celebration of the Mass we both offer and share the Sacrifice of Christ and renew the Covenant given to us by Christ. Both the Sacrifice and Covenant are separately expressed in the rituals of bread and wine. We bring our gifts to be consecrated and receive them in the bread consecrated at that Mass and shared in Communion in the broken bread. As we drink from the Chalice we renew our commitment to the Covenant of Christ. By eating and drinking we proclaim fully and clearly the Mystery of Faith. ‘See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.’
Kings 4:42-44They will eat and have some left over.
Ps 144:10-11.15-18. R. v. 16R. The hand of the Lord feeds us;
he answers all our needs.
Ephesians 4:1-6There is one body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Lk 7:16Alleluia, alleluia!
A great prophet has appeared among us;
God has visited his people.
John 6:1-15He distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.
Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.Images from the Word
Liturgical Notes‘In the dioceses of Australia the most common form of the gesture of peace is the handshake, although different practices according to region and culture are not excluded. However it is appropriate that each person offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest and in a sober manner.’
- So many
- Pieces left over
- Had some over
- Unity of the Spirit
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal §82)
The Rite of Peace provides an opportunity for the assembly to express their ecclesial unity and their commitment to mutual charity. We are expressing what must be the reality in our community: that we are in fact in communion with each other. Before we even approach the celebration of Mass we must be reconciled with anyone with whom we do not share this ecclesial unity—that is the work that we must undertake before Mass begins. Only then can our celebration tell the truth that we are the Body of Christ. ‘God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.’
THE WORD First Reading
Exodus 16:2-4.12-15I will rain bread from heaven upon you.
Ps 77:3-4.23-25.54 R. 24R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
Ephesians 4:17.20-24Put on the new person that has been created in God’s image.
Mt 4:4bAlleluia, alleluia!
No one lives on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
John 6:24-35Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; whoever believes in me will never thirst.
When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
you are not looking for me
because you have seen the signs
but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.
Do not work for food that cannot last,
but work for food that endures to eternal life,
the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you,
for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’
Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’ So they said, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’
‘I tell you most solemnly,
it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven,
it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,
the true bread;
for the bread of God
is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.’
‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered:
‘I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.’Images from the Word
- Look for Jesus
- Food that endures
- Bread from heaven
- Rain down bread
- Aimless kind of life
‘In the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in some sense to the Word of God which they have received in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is desirable that there usually be such a form of prayer in Masses celebrated with the people, so that petitions may be offered for the holy Church, for those who govern with authority over us, for those weighed down by various needs, for all humanity, and for the salvation of the whole world.’ (General Instruction of the Roman Missal §69)
We gather for Mass as the priestly people of God and exercise that priesthood in many ways during the celebration. In the Prayer of the Faithful we join in Jesus’ priestly prayer of intercession for the needs of our world. Because of the diverse needs in each community, it is important for each community to prepare their own texts to reflect that diversity. Then the prayer is the Prayer of this assembly of the Faithful. ‘O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay.’
THE WORDFirst Reading
Kings 19:4-8Strengthened by the food, he walked to the mountain of the Lord.
Ps 33:2-9. R. v. 9R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Ephesians 4:30-5:2Walk in love, just as Christ.
Jn 6:51Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live for ever.
John 6:41-51I am the living bread come down from heaven.
The Jews were complaining to each other about Jesus, because he had said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’ ‘Surely this is Jesus son of Joseph’ they said. ‘We know his father and mother. How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus said in reply, ‘Stop complaining to each other.
‘No one can come to me
unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,
and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They will all be taught by God,
and to hear the teaching of the Father,
and learn from it,
is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
I tell you most solemnly,
everybody who believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert
and they are dead;
but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,
so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world’.Images from the Word
Liturgical Notes‘Now the centre and high point of the entire celebration begins: namely, the Eucharistic Prayer itself, that is, the prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification. The Priest calls upon the people to lift up their hearts towards the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving; he associates the people with himself in the Prayer that he addresses in the name of the entire community to God the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.’
- From heaven
- Bread of life
- My flesh
- Take my life
- Sacrifice to God
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal §78)
Sometimes the Eucharistic Prayer comes across as the work of the presiding priest. Many may even retreat into their own prayers while the prayer is made. In contrast, the Eucharistic Prayer is the ‘centre and high point of the entire celebration’. This is the unique time for the assembly to offer thanks and sacrifice to the Father. It is truly right and just that the assembly make this prayer their own by putting concrete examples of their life of sacrifice before God. ‘Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you.’
Proverbs 9:1-6Come and eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared.
Ps 33:2-3.10-15. R. v. 9R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:15-20Be watchful that you may know the will of God
Jn 6:57Alleluia, alleluia!
All who eat my flesh and drink my blood
live in me and I in them, says the Lord.
John 6:51-58My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give
is my flesh, for the life of the world.’
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’Images from the Word
- Life of the world
- Eternal life
- Draw life
- Laid her table
- Thanks to God
‘Great importance should be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g., in weekday Masses) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on holy days of obligation.’
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal §40)
Throughout the Mass there are parts which had their origin as song, and therefore should be sung. The Church encourages that their singing be the usual form for Sunday Masses. Singing is able to help us lift up our hearts to God. It also enables us to form one voice in our praise to God. ‘Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.’
Joshua 24:1-2.15-18We will serve the Lord God, because he is our God.
Ps 33:2-3.16-23. R. v. 9R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:21-32This is the great mystery, it applies to Christ and the Church.
cf. Jn 6:63:68Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words, Lord, are spirit and life,
you have the words of everlasting life.
John 6:60-69Lord, whom shall we go to? You have the words of everlasting life.
After hearing his doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this upset you? What if you should see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before?
‘It is the spirit that gives life,
the flesh has nothing to offer.
The words I have spoken to you are spirit
and they are life.
‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset those who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him.’ After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him.
Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’Images from the Word
Liturgical Notes‘In the readings, the table of God’s Word is spread before the faithful, and the treasures of the Bible are opened to them. Hence, it is preferable that the arrangement of the biblical readings be maintained, for by them the unity of both Testaments and of salvation history is brought out.’
- They are life
- Holy One of God
- Choose today
- Its living parts
(General Instruction of the Roman Missal §57)
During our Sunday Mass we are fed at both the table of God’s Word and at the table of the Eucharist. Both tables provide us with the bread of life. From the table of the Word we encounter Christ who calls us to the table of his Eucharist so that we may be living members of his Body in the coming week. Our generation has been blessed by being exposed to the greater treasures of the Bible. But has this familiarity lessened our openness to God’s Word? ‘Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.’