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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle C

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  Celebrant:  The infinite mercy of God inspires in us the confidence by which we now approach him with all our needs.


For Pope Francis, as he leads the observance today of the Day of the Gospel of Life, that he and all in the Church may joyfully proclaim and defend the sanctity of every human life, including children in the womb, we pray to the Lord…

For all who are fathers, that on this Fathers' Day they may be affirmed and strengthened in their calling, we pray to the Lord...

For all in religious life, that their consecrated lives may remind us all that the life we live is not ours, but God’s, we pray to the Lord… 

That Christians, justified by faith, may seek deeper unity with fellow Christians of other denominations, we pray to the Lord… 

For those in our parish and in our families who are suffering illness or weakness of any kind, that the Holy Spirit may fill their souls and bodies, we pray to the Lord… 

That all who have died may be purified of sin and share the vision of heaven, we pray to the Lord… 


Father, source of all Life
And source of all Grace,
Hear our prayers,
And grant us perseverance
In living the vocation you have given each of us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Bulletin Insert:

Day of the Gospel of Life

Today in Rome the Pope is offering a special Mass for the sanctity of human life. It is the Day of the Gospel of Life, one of the official observances of the Year of Faith. This day is being observed to remind us that being "pro-life" is not just a philosophical or political preference. It is, rather, an integral aspect of our faith. Saying yes to Jesus Christ means saying yes to life, because life is an expression of his will and his image, and is chosen by him before it is chosen by us. Every human life, no matter how young or small or dependent, belongs to God and is destined for his throne. All that we believe in the faith shows us God's care for life and his plan to give us life here and forever in heaven. Let the Year of Faith, then, and this Day of the Gospel of Life, strengthen our pro-life convictions, words, and actions!

Homily Suggestions:

2 Sm 12:7-10, 13
Gal 2:16, 19-21
Lk 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50

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“The life I live now is not my own...” This bold declaration in the second reading of today indicates the foundation of the pro-life convictions of the Church: we belong to God. This statement from Galatians 2 parallels that in 1 Corinthians 6:19: “You are not your own.” At issue in the pro-life struggle is not simply the question, “When does life begin?” It is, rather, the question, “To whom does life belong?” The fact that each human life belongs to God is what we mean when we say it is “sacred.” Because each life belongs to God, no other human being may own or kill that life, including his own. This is why David’s act of killing Uriah, referenced in the first reading, was condemned by Nathan as evil.

The awesome calling of parents, moreover, is revealed here, since they are entrusted with the gift of life which does not ultimately belong to them but which, nevertheless, they cooperate with the Creator to bring about.

“I still live my human life, but it is a life of faith…” This assertion of Paul shows us another reason why the defense of life is so fundamental to the Church. As John Paul II wrote in Evangelium Vitae, “Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life even in its temporal phase. Life in time, in fact, is the fundamental condition, the initial stage and an integral part of the entire unified process of human existence” (EV n.2)  In other words, we must defend the natural gift of human life, in order that people may, with that foundation secure, take hold of life eternal.

As we proclaim the absolute demands of respect for life, we proclaim the infinite mercy of God even toward those who have taken life. This Sunday’s readings give us an opportunity to renew the Church’s invitation to mothers and fathers alike who have participated in abortion to come to Him for forgiveness and peace.

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