Easter Three, Year B

 Musical Reflection
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts by Wolf Parade

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Invocation

Wounded God,
infirm and divine:
give us faith to perceive you
pierced and embodied,
standing here among us
feeding us forgiveness,
beautifully broken;
through Jesus Christ, the suffering servant.
Amen.
First Reading
Ghost
by Cynthia Huntington
At first you didn’t know me.
I was a shape moving rapidly, nervous
 
at the edge of your vision. A flat, high voice,
dark slash of hair across my cheekbone.
 
I made myself present, though never distinct.
Things I said that he repeated, a tone
 
you could hear, but never trace, in his voice.
Silence—followed by talk of other things.
 
When you would sit at your desk, I would creep
near you like a question. A thought would scurry
 
across the front of your mind. I’d be there,
ducking out of sight. You must have felt me
 
watching you, my small eyes fixed on your face,
the smile you wondered at, on the lips only.
 
The voice on the phone, quick and full of business.
All that you saw and heard and could not find
 
the center of, those days growing into years,
growing inside of you, out of reach, now with you
 
forever, in your house, in your garden, in corridors
of dream where I finally tell you my name.

Second Reading
Ghost Villanelle
by Dan Lechay
We never saw the ghost, though he was there—
we knew from the raindrops tapping on the eaves.

We never saw him, and we didn’t care.

Each day, new sunshine tumbled through the air;
evenings, the moonlight rustled in dark leaves.

We never saw the ghost, though: he was there,

if ever, when the wind tousled our hair
and prickled goosebumps up and down thin sleeves;

we never saw him.   And we didn’t care

to step outside our room at night, or dare
click off the nightlight: call it fear of thieves.

We never saw the ghost, though he was there

in sunlit dustmotes drifting anywhere,
in light-and-shadow, such as the moon weaves.

We never saw him, though, and didn’t care,

until at last we saw him everywhere.
We told nobody.   Everyone believes
we never saw the ghost (if he was there),

we never saw him and we didn’t care.

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Gospel Reading
Luke 24:35-48

Then the two disciples described what had happened along the road and how Jesus was made known to them as he broke the bread.

While they were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” They were terrified and afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost.

He said to them, “Why are you startled? Why are doubts arising in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. It’s really me! Touch me and see, for a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones like you see I have.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. Because they were wondering and questioning in the midst of their happiness, he said to them, “Do you have anything to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. Taking it, he ate it in front of them.

Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He said to them, “This is what is written: the Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and a change of heart and life for the forgiveness of sins must be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Musical Reflection
Ghosts that We Knew by Mumford and Sons

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Litany of the Holy Ghost
Catholic online, adapted

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God all powerful, have mercy on us
Jesus, Eternal Child of God, Redeemer of the world, help us.
Spirit of the Parent and the Child, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.

Holy Ghost, enter our hearts.

Promise of God, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us.
Author of all good, have mercy on us.
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us.
Consuming fire, have mercy on us.
Ardent charity, have mercy on us.
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us.
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us.
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us.
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us.
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us.
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us.
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us.
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us.
Holy Ghost, Who shapes the Church, have mercy on us.
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us.
Spirit who fills the universe, have mercy on us.
Spirit of the children of God, have mercy on us.

Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of evil.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed your light in our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave your words in our hearts.
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of your love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of your graces.
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with your heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of redemption.
Holy Ghost, grant us necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be our everlasting reward.

Come, Holy Ghost!
Fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father and Mother,
who is in us here on earth,
holy is your name in the hungry who share their bread and their song.
Your Kindom come,
which is a generous land which flows with milk and honey.
Let us do your will,
standing up when all are sitting down,
and raising our voice when all are silent.
You are giving us our daily bread in the song of the bird and the miracle of the corn.
Forgive us for keeping silent in the face of injustice,
and for burying our dreams, for not sharing bread and wine, love and land, among us, now.
Don’t let us fall into the temptation of shutting the door through fear;
of resigning ourselves to hunger and injustice;
of taking up the same arms as the enemy.
But deliver us from evil.
Give us the perseverance and the solidarity to look for love,
even if the path has not yet been trodden,
even if we fail;
so we shall have known your Kindom which is being built forever and ever.
Amen.

Musical Reflection
Ghost by Neutral Milk Hotel


Blessing

May the cross be the sign
in which we begin again
to undo the cords of violence,
the misery of exclusion,
and proclaim the love
without conditions;

and the blessing of God,
the Rock, the Redeemer, and the Friend,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.

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Sources:

Artwork by Nandipha Mntambo

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

Musical Reflection Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts by Wolf Parade

Poem Ghost by Cynthia Huntington

Poem Ghost Villanelle by Dan Lechay

Musical Reflection Ghosts That We Knew by Mumford and Sons

Prayer from Catholic Online, adapted

Lord’s Prayer Latin American Paraphrase

Musical Reflection Ghost by Neutral Milk Hotel

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