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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday Church at Home

during the Coronavirus Pandemic


The leader makes the sign of the cross, saying:


Leader:          In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


All reply:        Amen


Leader:          Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


All reply:        Blessed be God for ever


Leader:          Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all within me, his holy name.




First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24


Introduction to the reading: The book of Wisdom was addressed to a group of Jews living in Alexandria, Egypt. It begins with a sharp contrast between good and evil. In the pagan world of that time, most people believed that there were good gods and bad gods. The author emphasizes the Jewish belief that there is just one God who is the source of goodness and life.



A reading from the Book of Wisdom

13 For God did not make death,

nor does he delight in the death of the living.

14 He created all things so that they might have existence,

and the creatures of the world engender life.

There is no deadly poison in any of them,

and the domain of the netherworld[a] is not on the earth,

15     for righteousness is immortal.”

23 For God created us to be immortal

and formed us in the image of his own nature.

24 But as a result of the devil’s envy, death entered the world,

and those who follow him experience it.


The word of the Lord.



Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 30

Let us pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up.

I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up,
and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you have lifted up my soul from the grave,
restored me to life from those who sink into the pit.

Sing psalms to the Lord, you faithful ones,
give thanks to his holy name.
His anger lasts a moment, his favour all through life.
At night there are tears, but at dawn comes joy.

Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
be my helper, O Lord.
You have change me mourning into dancing,
O Lord, my God. I will thank you forever.

R/. I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up.


Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

Introduction to the reading: Today’s excerpt from Second Corinthians paints a picture of Paul the pastor at work. The Jewish people in Jerusalem who had become Christian were a small minority and were being persecuted. This brought on financial hardships. Paul wants his Gentile converts in Greece to help them out and show that the bonds of Christianity cut across ethnic lines.


A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

7 Now, inasmuch as you excel in everything — in your faith,

your eloquence, your knowledge, your concern for others,

and your love for us — so we want you also to excel in this generous undertaking.

9 For you are well aware of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Although he was rich, he became poor for your

sake so that by his poverty you might become rich.

13 I am not suggesting that others should have relief

while you are reduced to difficult straits.

Rather, there should be an equitable balance.

14 Your surplus at the present time should relieve

the needs of others, so that at another time their

surplus may relieve your needs, and in this way there will be equality.

15 As it is written,

“The one who gathered much did not have too much,
and the one who gathered less did not have too little.”

The word of the Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Saviour Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immprtality to light through the Gospel.


Gospel: Mark 5:21-43

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed by the lake. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue, named Jairus, came forward, and when he saw Jesus he threw himself down at his feet and pleaded with him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. I beg you to come and lay your hands on her so that she may recover and live.” Jesus went with him, and a large number accompanied him and crowded around him.

There was a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years. In spite of long and painful treatment at the hands of many doctors, her condition not only had failed to improve but had actually become worse, and she had spent everything she had. Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she thought, “If I simply touch his clothing, I shall be made well.” And immediately her bleeding dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Instantly aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothing?” His disciples said in reply, “You see this vast throng pressing upon you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”  However, he continued to look around to determine who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She knelt before him and revealed to him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your affliction.”

While he was still speaking, some people from the house of the synagogue leader arrived and said, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the Teacher any further?” Jesus heard the message they had delivered, but he said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid. Just have faith.” He allowed no one to accompany him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.

When they arrived at the house of the synagogue leader, he observed a great deal of commotion, with people weeping and wailing loudly. When he entered, he said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead; she is asleep.” In response, they laughed at him.

After sending them all outside, he took with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” which means: “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” And immediately the girl, a child of twelve, got up and began to walk around.

On witnessing this, they were all overcome with amazement, but he gave them strict instructions that no one should be told anything about this. Then he told them to give her something to eat.

The Gospel of the Lord


Reflection on the Readings

The leader reads the text prepared by the priest and leads the sharing.




From today’s Gospel reading:

“Do not be afraid. Just have faith.”


How can you have faith? What does faith mean to you?


Prayer of the Faithful


Leader:          We gather before the Lord, bringing our prayers for the Church and the world.



We pray for Pope Francis and for his ministry as he leads the Church.



We pray for the bishops and the clergy as they seek wisdom to serve God’s Church.



We pray for those treated as outcasts by our own society and seek the Lord’s inspiration to understand their needs.



As we recall Jairus and the love he had for his daughter, we pray for parents everywhere and for our own families.



We give thanks for the gift of life and pray that the Lord will comfort those who are sick and dying.



We pray for the protection of the human family: (pause) that God will strengthen those who are working to defeat the Covid virus, speed resources to those in crisis, and bring healing to all who are sick.



We pray for deceased members of our families and friends whose anniversaries occur about this time, especially for Fr Michael Fitzpatrick and Carlos Santana.



We pray for Rita Kennedy who died during the week.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.

And let perpetual light shine on her.

May she rest in peace.  Amen




Leader:          Let us pray our PRAYER DURING THE CORONVIRUS PANDEMIC:


Loving God,

Your desire is for our wholeness and well being.

We hold in tenderness and prayer

the collective suffering of South Africa

during the coronavirus pandemic.

We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.

We ache for ourselves and our neighbours,

standing before an uncertain future.

We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely

so that the rollout of vaccines may be efficient

and reach all our people.

Help us to practice social distancing

and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.

Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,

You, the God who does not abandon.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.






Spiritual Communion

We can unite ourselves to the Eucharist through making a spiritual Communion.

By making an Act of Spiritual Communion, we express our faith in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist and ask him to unite himself with us.


My Jesus, I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you more than anything in the world, and I hunger to receive you.
But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed my soul spiritually. I unite myself to you now as I do when I receive you. Amen.






Leader:          Let us pray to the Father in the words Jesus our Saviour gave us:


All say:           Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

Leader:          In the beginning, O God,
your Word subdued the chaos;
in the fullness of time
you sent Jesus, your Son,
to rebuke the forces of evil and bring forth a new creation.
By that same power,
transform all our fear into faith and awe in your saving presence.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

All:                  Amen.


Leader:          May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.


All:                  Amen.

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