A PASTORAL MINISTRY OF THE PRIESTS AND BROTHERS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST. PAUL
Year 15 No. 68 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) — Green June 30, 2002
The Reward of Hospitality
enri Nouwen, who died Henri loved to send gifts to his
H on 21 September 1996, is
considered one of the
great spiritual masters of the
friends, and Robert’s son Sam
would receive little packages
mailed by Henri from the air-
20th century. He had touched ports as he travelled from place
many people as a priest, pastor, to place.
lecturer, friend, and, above all, In the Discourse on the Mis-
as a writer. He wrote books that sion of which today’s gospel is
are now considered spiritual a part, Jesus tells us to receive
classics—Clowning in Rome, a disciple whom he sends as if
Genesee Diary, In Memoriam, he were Jesus himself. Here
The Wounded Healer, The Re- Jesus identifies himself with
turn of the Prodigal Son. ever y missionar y. But then
America’s former First Lady Jesus does not just identify him-
and now senator, Hillar y self with every prophet, or ev-
Rodham Clinton, once said that ery just person—an Elisha or a
The Return of the Prodigal Son zying experience because Henri. He identifies himself
topped her list of spiritual read- Henri was such a special figure. with ever yone, be they the
ing. The Jonas family may be least, be they people in whom it
Henri was a passionate, inti- compared to the wealthy is difficult to see any identifica-
mate, restless, and charismatic woman and her husband who tion with him. To give a single
soul. He could easily inspire offer hospitality to Elisha when- glass of water to one of the little
people, giving large audiences ever he passes by Shunem ones (without standing or ca-
a hopeful message about their (First Reading). The woman is pacity to pay back) will not go
ultimate belovedness in God, generous as well as discreet, for unrewarded.
yet he knew moments of empti- she does not over whelm the Nowadays, people are wary
ness and frailty. His friends prophet with her admiration, about almsgiving and hospital-
were aware of this and so they her excessive attention, or her ity. We are afraid that instead of
gave him support, allowing him own sorrow (for not having a helping “discreet” people, we
personal contacts, at the same child). This is complemented may end up being abused or vic-
time protecting his privacy and by Elisha’s own gentle behavior. timized by professional beg-
writing time. A close friend, He knows that his hosts’ gen- gars. Still, we must remember
Robert Jonas, shares in Henri erosity is directed to God. He that hospitality is at the heart
Nouwen—Writings Selected is discreet as to their private life, of true discipleship. And the
(Pasay City: Paulines, 2000) that and when he desires to express Lord reminds us that the door
in 1995, Henri spent a part of his his thankfulness, he asks his of the kingdom will be opened
sabbatical year in his house. His ser vant to advise him in this or closed according to what we
family provided a room for him matter. have done or failed to do for
where after breakfast, he would The woman and her hus- those who were hungr y or
write his journals. Robert en- band are rewarded with “a thirsty, who were strangers or
rolled him in a local health club prophet’s reward”: the promise naked, sick or imprisoned:
for exercise. In the afternoon, of a baby son. Robert and his “Whatever you did for one of
Henri would write and attend to family, on the other hand, count these least brothers of mine,
his correspondence. His stay themselves blessed for the gift you did for me” (Mt 25:40).
with them, Robert writes, was of friendship of an extraordi-
a wonderful and sometimes diz- nar y person, Henri Nouwen. — Fr. Gil A. Alinsangan, SSP
Please read the reflection before or after the Mass.
INTRODUCTORY RITES Gloria bed, table, chair, and lamp, so
that when he comes to us he
All — Glory to God in the can stay there.” Sometime later
highest, and peace to his Elisha arrived and stayed in the
(Read before the start of the Mass)
people on earth. Lord God, room overnight.
Dear brothers and sisters: heavenly King, almighty God Later Elisha asked, “Can
Today’s Gospel is asking us to and Father, we worship you, something be done for her?”
make a firm commitment to the we give you thanks, we His servant Gehazi answered,
Lord. The cost of following praise you for your glor y. “Yes! She has no son, and her
Jesus is high, surpassing even Lord Jesus Christ, only Son husband is getting on in years.”
our natural af fection for our of the Father, Lord God, Elisha said, “Call her.” When
family, and even our very own Lamb of God, you take away the woman had been called and
life. Yet, by “losing” ourselves the sin of the world: have stood at the door, Elisha prom-
for the sake of Jesus and the mercy on us; you are seated ised, “This time next year you
Gospel, we will surely save our- at the right hand of the Fa- will be fondling a baby son.”
selves, for the Lord has in store ther: receive our prayer. For
for his faithful disciples the you alone are the Holy One, — The word of the Lord.
heavenly reward. Our daily you alone are the Lord, you All — Thanks be to God.
dying to selfishness in order to alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Responsorial Psalm (Ps 89)
be available to our brothers and
sisters is known to the Father Spirit, in the glory of God the R — For ever I will sing the
and will not go unrewarded. Father. Amen. goodness of the Lord.
Entrance Antiphon (Ps 46:2) Opening Prayer
(Recited when there is no opening song)
P — Let us pray [that Christ Slow
All nations, clap your hands. may be our light]. (Pause) C G7
Shout with a voice of joy to Father, you call your chil- 2
God. dren to walk in the light of 4
Christ. Free us from darkness For - e - ver I will sing the
Greeting and keep us in the radiance of
(The sign of the cross is made here) your truth. C G7
We ask this through our 2
P — Blessed be the Lord who
Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
rewards the faithful ones with
eternal life. May his love and who lives and reigns with you good - ness of the Lord.
peace be always with you. and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
All — And also with you. ever and ever. 1. The promises of the Lord I
All — Amen. will sing forever, through all
Penitential Rite generations my mouth shall
LITURGY proclaim your faithfulness. For
P — Jesus invites us to take up OF THE WORD you have said, “My kindness is
our cross and follow him. Have established forever,” in heaven
we responded to his call? Or First Reading (Sit) you have confirmed your faith-
have we followed another way fulness. (R)
because of selfishness? Let us Elisha, the prophet of God, is
pause to examine ourselves. given hospitality by a woman of 2. Blessed the people who
(Pause) Shunem and the woman’s gen- know the joyful shout; in the
erosity is rewarded with the gift light of your countenance, O
P — Lord Jesus, you told us to of a son. This story reminds us of Lord, they walk. At your name
love you more than anybody or Jesus’ declaration in the Gospel: they rejoice all the day, and
anything: Lord, have mercy. “Whoever receives a prophet be- through your justice they are
All — Lord, have mercy. cause he is a prophet will receive exalted. (R)
P — Lord Jesus, you told us to a prophet’s reward.”
3. You are the splendor of their
carry our cross and follow after A reading from the second strength, and by your favor our
you: Christ, have mercy. Book of Kings (4:8-11, 14-16) horn is exalted. For to the Lord
All — Christ, have mercy.
belongs our shield, and to the
ONE DAY Elisha came to
P — Lord Jesus, you told us to Shunem, where there was a Holy One of Israel, our king.
stop seeking only ourselves, (R)
woman of influence, who urged
and to seek you and the least of
him to dine with her. Afterward, Second Reading
our brothers and sisters: Lord, whenever he passed by, he used
to stop there to dine. So she said The apostle Paul reminds the
All — Lord, have mercy.
to her husband, “I know that Christians that when they im-
P — May almighty God have Elisha is a holy man of God. merse into the water of baptism,
mercy on us, forgive us our sins, Since he visits us often, let us they die to their sins, and when
and lead us to life everlasting. arrange a little room on the roof they rise from it, they rise to a
All — Amen. and furnish it for him with a new life in Christ.
A reading from the Letter ever gives only a cup of cold C — That we may live our bap-
of Paul to the Romans (6:3- water to one of these little ones tismal consecration which is to
4, 8-11) to drink because the little one die to our sinful inclinations and
is a disciple—amen, I say to live with each other in peace,
BROTHERS and sisters:
you, he will surely not lose his love, and mutual respect, we
Are you unaware that we reward.” pray: (R)
who were baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into his — The Gospel of the Lord. C — That travelers may be kept
death? We were indeed buried All — Praise to you, Lord safe in their journey, the dying
with him through baptism into Jesus Christ. given comfort, and the dead
death, so that, just as Christ was welcomed to their eternal re-
raised from the dead by the Homily (Sit) ward in heaven, we pray: (R)
glor y of the Father, we too P — Lord, make us worthy of
might live in newness of life. Profession of Faith (Stand) your love. As we struggle to fol-
If, then, we have died with low you, stay close to us and
Christ, we believe that we shall All — I believe in God, the
Father Almighty, Creator of protect us.
also live with him. We know that We ask this through Christ
heaven and earth.
Christ, raised from the dead, our Lord.
dies no more; death no longer I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord. He All — Amen.
has power over him. As to his
was conceived by the power
death, he died to sin once and LITURGY
for all; as to his life, he lives for of the Holy Spirit and born OF THE EUCHARIST
of the Virgin Mar y. He suf-
God. Consequently, you too
fered under Pontius Pilate, Presentation of the Gifts
must think of yourselves as
dead to sin and living for God was crucified, died, and was
buried. He descended to the P — Pray, brethren…
in Christ Jesus.
dead. On the third day, he All — May the Lord accept
— The word of the Lord. rose again. He ascended into the sacrifice at your hands
All — Thanks be to God. heaven, and is seated at the for the praise and glor y of
right hand of the Father. He his name, for our good, and
Alleluia [1 Pt 2:9] (Stand) will come again to judge the the good of all his Church.
living and the dead.
All — Alleluia! Alleluia! You Prayer over the Gifts (Stand)
I believe in the Holy Spi-
are a chosen race, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation; rit, the holy catholic Church, P — Lord God, through your
the communion of saints, the sacraments you give us the
announce the praises of him
forgiveness of sins, the res- power of your grace. May this
who called you out of dark-
ness into his wonderful light. urrection of the body, and Eucharist help us to serve you
the life everlasting. Amen. faithfully.
We ask this in the name of
Gospel Prayers of the Faithful Jesus the Lord.
P — Let us earnestly pray to the All — Amen.
A reading from the Holy Gos-
Lord that we may continually Preface (Ordinary Time IV)
pel according to Matthew
grow in our commitment to him
and our brothers and sisters. P — Father, all-powerful and
JESUS said to his apostles: For every petition we shall say: ever-living God, we do well al-
“Whoever loves father or ways and everywhere to give
R — Lord, make us grow in
mother more than me is not your love. you thanks through Jesus
wor thy of me, and whoever Christ our Lord.
loves son or daughter more C — That the Church, the By his birth we are reborn.
than me is not worthy of me; people of God, may live and In his suffering we are freed
and whoever does not take up preach the Gospel without com- from sin. By his rising from the
his cross and follow after me is promise and never be ashamed dead we rise to everlasting life.
not wor thy of me. Whoever of the redeeming cross of In his return to you in glory we
finds his life will lose it, and Christ, we pray: (R) enter into your heavenly king-
whoever loses his life for my dom.
C — That missionaries and
sake will find it. preachers of the Word may find And so, we join the angels
“Whoever receives you re- and the saints as they sing their
hospitality and open hearts, just
ceives me, and whoever re- unending hymn of praise:
as the prophet Elisha was wel-
ceives me receives the one who comed by the woman of All — Holy, holy, holy Lord,
sent me. Whoever receives a God of power and might,
Shunem, we pray: (R)
prophet because he is a prophet heaven and earth are full of
will receive a prophet’s reward, C — That those suffering from your glor y. Hosanna in the
and whoever receives a righ- injustice, poverty, sickness, and highest. Blessed is he who
teous man because he is a righ- alienation may find generous comes in the name of the
teous man will receive a righ- people who will assist them in Lord. Hosanna in the high-
teous man’s reward. And who- their need, we pray: (R) est. (Kneel)
All — Dying you destroyed
our death, rising you re- OUR SUNDAY CELEBRATION
stored our life. Lord Jesus, The Teachings of John Paul II’s “Dies Domini”
come in glor y.
A Day of Joy
The Lord’s Prayer
Yet there is no conflict whatever between Christian joy
All — Our Father… and true human joys, which in fact are exalted and find
P — Deliver us, Lord…
All — For the kingdom, the their ultimate foundation precisely in the joy of the glori-
power, and the glor y are fied Christ, the perfect image and revelation of man as God
yours, now and for ever. intended. As my revered predecessor Paul VI wrote in his
Exhortation on Christian joy: “In essence, Christian joy is
Invitation to Peace a sharing in the unfathomable joy, at once divine and hu-
man, found in the heart of the glorified Christ.”
Invitation to Communion
(Kneel) Paul, concluded his Exhortation by asking that, on the
Lord’s Day, the Church should witness powerfully to the
P — This is Jesus, our joy and joy experienced by the Apostles when they saw the Lord
our reward. He is the Lamb of on the evening of Easter. To this end, he urged pastors to
God who takes away the sins of
insist “upon the need for the baptized to celebrate the Sun-
the world. Happy are we who
receive him. day Eucharist in joy. How could they neglect this encoun-
All — Lord, I am not worthy ter, this banquet which Christ prepares for us in his love?
to receive you, but only say May our sharing in it be most worthy and joyful! It is
the word and I shall be Christ, crucified and glorified, who comes among his dis-
healed. ciples, to lead them all together into the newness of his
Resurrection. This is the climax, here below, of the cov-
enant of love between God and his people: the sign and
source of Christian joy, a stage on the way to the eternal
O, bless the Lord, my soul, feast.” This vision of faith shows the Christian Sunday to
and all that is within me be a true “time for celebration,” a day given by God to
bless his holy name. men and women for their full human and spiritual growth.
Prayer after Communion (DD, n 58)
P — Let us pray. (Pause) May the peace of God which
Lord, may this sacrifice and is beyond all understanding Introduction to
communion give us a share in keep our hearts and minds in Centering Prayer
your life and help us bring your the knowledge and love of God
love to the world. and of his Son, our Lord Jesus Retreat
Grant this through Christ Christ.
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