Seventh after Epiphany, Year B

Musical Reflection
Sinner’s Prayer by Harry Belafonte

Invocation

Faithful One,
whose Child embodied
your still, persistent ‘Yes’:
free our souls
that we might walk in freedom;
through Jesus Christ, who sets our feet at liberty.
Amen.

First Reading
My Sin
by Chungmi Kim

My sin is
an act of cruelty
depriving myself
of worldly desires.

Locked in a rented room
I sit all day, listening
to the murmurs
of many-headed visions.

Cockroaches are
my temporary friends
dwelling
in their underground
castles.

The ocean is
my mother I visit in need
of love
and companionship.
She only listens
to my laughs and cries
like God in presence.

Old wounds
all over again
come
hand in hand
off and on
like jealous friends
wanting someone else’s credit.

Under a lamp in the night
I meet a unicorn
sitting
in my mirror.

Second Reading
Eating Sin

by Michael Sharkey

A man began to eat his order of fish, and the ghost of the fish arose and spoke. Forgive me, it said, please hear me. I died in despair, which is, as you know, the worst of the deadly sins. As I slowly suffocated in the alien air, I gave up hope of salvation, and so died without the consolation of religion. In your compassion and mercy, have a Mass said for me, and pray for my soul. With that, the ghost of the fish vanished, and the man, congratulating himself on possessing the carcass of such a remorseful creature, tucked in.

Gospel Reading
Mark 2:1-12

 

After a few days, Jesus went back to Capernaum, and people heard that he was at home. So many gathered that there was no longer space, not even near the door. Jesus was speaking the word to them. Some people arrived, and four of them were bringing to him someone who was paralyzed. They couldn’t carry him through the crowd, so they tore off part of the roof above where Jesus was. When they had made an opening, they lowered the mat on which the paralyzed person was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven!”

Some legal experts were sitting there, muttering among themselves, “Why does he speak this way? He’s insulting God. Only the one God can forgive sins.”

Jesus immediately recognized what they were discussing, and he said to them, “Why do you fill your minds with these questions? Which is easier—to say to a paralyzed person, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take up your bed, and walk’? But so you will know that the Human One has authority on the earth to forgive sins”—he said to the person who was paralyzed, “Get up, take your mat, and go home.”

Jesus raised him up, and right away he picked up his mat and walked out in front of everybody. They were all amazed and praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”

 

Musical Reflection
Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
The Sinner’s Prayer
by various, adapted

Dear Jesus,
We know that we are sinners,
and we ask for forgiveness.
Help us to be better.
Help us to be all that we can be.
We invite you to come into our hearts and lives.
We want to trust and follow the goodness of God.
In Jesus’s name,
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Holy One, our only Home,
hallowed be your name.
May your day dawn,
your will be done,
here, as in heaven.
Feed us today, and forgive us
as we forgive each other.
Do not forsake us at the test,
but deliver us from evil.
For the glory, the power,
and the mercy are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

Musical Reflection
Seven Deadly Sins by Natalie Merchant

Blessing

May God’s hope be a clearing sky before us,
a compass in our hearts
guiding us to where we belong;

and the blessing of God,
the Mind, the Idea, and the Expression,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

Sources:

Artwork by Cristina Troufa

Invocation and Blessing from Prayers for an Inclusive Church by Steven Shakespeare

Musical Reflection Sinner’s Prayer by Harry Belafonte

Poem My Sin by Chungmi Kim

Poem Eating Sin by Michael Sharkey

Musical Reflection Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen

Prayer by Various

Lord’s Prayer from Mother Thunder Mission

Musical Reflection Seven Deadly Sins by Natalie Merchant

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