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January 27, 2024: Join us tomorrow for our celebration at 3:45 in person or on Zoom. The Beatitudes: For he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes

Updated: May 4

Saturday, January 27, 2024

For he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. And please join us tomorrow for our celebration at 3:45 in person or on Zoom.

Announcement: Annual Emmaus Retreat:

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namour

Address: 27951 Hwy 1, Carmel 93923.


Announcement from Dan Vrooman regarding our annual retreat:

I got three nights for the price of two in Carmel. I ran into a snag in terms of having the retreat on 4/17 and 18 because Sr. Maureen wanted us to start in the morning; and we couldn’t stay overnight on the 16th as it was already booked. So we can arrive on 4/17 and ease into the retreat which will start on the morning of 4/18 and carry all the way to the morning of 4/20 depending on Maureen’s energy level.


We also have a great opportunity to walk to Pt. Lobos, which is only about 1/2 mile from the House of Prayer. Also, we will be using the Chapel; so Maureen would like to limit it to as close to 20 as possible? Basically, it comes down to $200 for the three nights!


Most of the rooms (16 in all in the lower house) have two beds except for one that has three, and that one is the closest to the chapel.


I believe there might be a few beds in the upper house if need be. And since Victoria knows Sr. Michele really well she will be able to stay in the upper house along with Michele and Maureen.


They don’t usually allow retreatants to stay in the upper house; but Cindy’s buddy, Susan, will try to open up 3 more beds in the upper house if it’s absolutely needed. Also, Bob and Nancy might have an alternate idea if we are somehow restricted.


Emmaus Community Celebration for Sunday, January 28, 2024


Opening Song Christ be our Light


Christ Be Our Light

Refrain: Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.


1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.Refrain


2. Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.Refrain


3. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others,

walls made of living stone. Refrain


 A Reading from Mark:

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.


In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked the spirit and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!"

The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.


All were amazed and asked one another,

"What is this? A new teaching with authority.


He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him."

His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Second Reading and Homily: We stand with the Beatitudes

The Sermon on the Mount: A Reading from Matthew

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn,

    for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek,

    for they will inherit the earth.


6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

    for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful,

    for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,

    for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,

    for they will be called children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


This is the Good News: And the Beloved Community says




Our Meal Prayer:


Grace before the meal:

Thanks and blessing be to the Sun and the Earth

for this bread and this wine, this fruit, this meat, this salt, this food;

thanks be and blessing to them who prepare it, who serve it;


thanks and blessing to them who share it

(and also the absent and the dead.)


Thanks and blessing to them who bring it

(may they not want), to them who plant and tend it,

harvest and gather it (may they not want);


thanks and blessing to them who work

and blessing to them who cannot;

may they not want — for their hunger sours the wine

and robs the salt of its taste.


Thanks be for the sustenance and strength

for our dance and the work of justice, of peace.


Rafael Jesús González

Offertory / Preparation of ourselves:


O Spirit of the Divine, We thank You for Your love which gives our journey meaning and direction…You bless us with Your divine restlessness found in the Beatitudes. 


You urge us down roads we do not feel strong enough to travel. You support us with fellow-travelers who bolster us when we despair, who refresh and renew us when we think our last step is just that… 


We give thanks for our greatest gift, Jesus. His words light our path.  He opens our eyes. He welcomes us to reflecton his life and words and his sermon from the Mount for which we give thanks.


Eucharistic Prayer:


It is truly right to thank You, O Spirit of the Divine.

You move among us as breath, as natural and rhythmic as our own.

We find you in the ten thousand things of creation.


You nurture in us wise and understanding hearts. We know that your wisdom, which sees all things and is at work in all things, can be touched everywhere. 


Spirit of Light and Love, You are within us and light our way. We thank You for Your presence and action in our world. We thank You for turning our hearts to peace in the midst of conflict. We thank You for opening our hearts to our enemies and joining our hands in friendship with those from whom we are estranged.


Your Spirit has the power to evoke understanding if we would listen

Puts an end to strife if we would act

Quenches hatred with compassion if we break open our hearts

and conquers vengeance with forgiveness.


It is in the holiness of this gathering, and the gathering of our holiness, that we join our praise of You with that of all creation:


All: Let us bless this bread that gives itself to us, with its tremendous weight, its infinite grace.

Let us bless this cup poured out for us with a love that makes us anew.

Let us gather around these gifts that are simply given and deeply blessed.

And then let us go bearing the bread, carrying the cup, and sharing our table with a hungering world.


All: For, it is “Through Him, With Him, In Him, In the Unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours Forever and Ever.


All: We Remember

We remember how you loved us all your life.

And we still celebrate for you are with us here.

And we believe that we will see you. When you come, When you come again! 

We remember! We celebrate! We Believe!

Now together, as one community, we offer each other, our prayer, in the name of our brother, Jesus:


O Cosmic Being, who gives birth to all radiance and vibration! Soften the ground of our hearts and carve out a space within us where your presence can abide. Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered to joyously identify with the poor and excluded of the world. Let us welcome the stranger and the alienated.


Endow us with the wisdom to produce and share what each being needs to grow and flourish. Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us, as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes. Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us from our true purpose, but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment. For we are the ground and fruitful vision, the birth, power and fulfillment, as all is gathered and made whole once again.

Offering our Blessing of Peace:

Let us now offer one another this blessing of peace:

“I wish you peace, Beloved Friend!”

Everyone is welcome to this table.

The Spirit, whom the universe cannot contain is present to us in this bread.

The Spirit, who redeems us and calls us by name, now meets us in this cup. So, come, Beloved Friends, and take this bread, Drink this wine, In them, The Spirit comes to us

So that we may radiate the joy of the good news.


All: Communion

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,blessed are the gentle for they shall possess the land.Blessed are they, that hunger and thirst after justice.Blessed are they that suffer gladly for justice' sake.Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted,blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.Blessed are you when they revile and harm you,and speak all evil against you untruly for my sake.Blessed are the merciful for mercy they will find,blessed are the peace-makers for they shall be called God's children.Matthew 5:3-11 by Peter Kearney


Closing Prayer: 

If we can understand that it is our places to do our little bit of good – to long for mercy and truth. To meet together and for righteousness and peace to kiss each other – to long for the time when Jesus words come true for the whole world “I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly”.  It is this, a life in unity with God, a life of mercy, a life transformed by love, as it deepens over the years of our experiences: it is this gift given to us, this longing which brings us to that place … for they shall be satisfied and for this I shall be grateful.


And so we say:

Goodness is stronger than evil

Love is stronger than hate

Light is stronger than darkness

Life is stronger than death

Victory is ours , victory is ours,

through God who loves us.

(Desmond Tutu)



Closing Song: We Are Called (by David Haas)

1. Come! Live in the light!

Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!

We are called to be light for the kingdom,to live in the freedom of the city of God!

Refrain: We are called to act with justice.We are called to love tenderly.We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.2. Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear!We are called to be hope for the hopeless,so all hatred and blindness will be no more!3. Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one!

God will reign and we'll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love!



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