"During this difficult time, it is particularly important that the faithful have access to the grace and comfort of Holy Mass."
- Sunday mass from Holy Name Cathedral is made possible through the generosity of Wintrust, Chicago's Bank.
- In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Peace be with you.
- With your spirit.
- Jesus comes into our midst as the good shepherd, one who gathers us together, and in doing so, makes us aware of how our bonds to one another are so important. So let us ask forgiveness of one another and of our God for the times we have fractured those bonds and know that he is rich in mercy. You are the good shepherd who never leaves a flock unattended. Lord have mercy.
- Lord have mercy.
- You gave your life, so we could live. Christ, have mercy.
- Christ, have mercy.
- You are our hope and our salvation. Lord have mercy.
- Lord have mercy.
- May almighty God have mercy on us. Forgive us all of our sins, and bring us to life everlasting.
STEPHEN NOON: [SINGING]
- Let us pray. Grant we pray, Oh Lord, that you lead us to share in the joys of heaven. So that the humble flock may reach, where the brave shepherd has gone before, who lives in reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
JESUS RAYA CUSTODIO: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Peter, fill with the Holy Spirit, said leaders of the people and elders. If we're being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.
In his name, this man stands before you healed. He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There's no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be safe. The word of the Lord.
- A reading from the first letter of St. John. Beloved, see what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yes, so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now. What we shall has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is, the word of the Lord.
- Thank you, God.
- The Lord be with you. A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to John. Jesus said, I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own sees a wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and runs away. And the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. And I know mine and mine know me, just as a father knows me, and I know the father. And I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice. And there will be one flock and one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it for me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the power to lay it down and the power to take it up again. This command, I have received from my father, the gospel of the Lord.
This has been a very difficult time these past few weeks for people who live in the spotlight, especially in positions of leadership, whether they be political leaders, public servants, priests, or police. And we hear stories and reports of their misconduct or their crimes, their corruption, that are deeply disturbing. And yet, we should make sure that we, as we hold people accountable, and as we should, we don't allow to erode in our own understanding the importance of leadership in society, today, and make sure that we honor the many people each and every day who go to work in those different positions to do their best in order to keep society moving, society safe, and enriched by their leadership.
That is especially important, I think, as we hear surveys of young people, today, not wanting to go into law enforcement, or public service, or into politics, and, of course, we know into ministry and service in the life of the church. They're afraid, because they see that living in the spotlight so often brings also all sorts of different burdens to their family and themselves. And they have confidence eroded in the role of leadership. And that is why on this good shepherd Sunday, when we ordinarily hold up Jesus as the leader of our community, the good shepherd, who leads the flock, but also, encourage leadership within the church, particularly through the ordained ministries, that we look to Jesus for some ways in which maybe we can encourage young people to consider how they allow the impulses of generosity to come to fruit in their lives, especially if they're called to leadership.
The first thing we see in the gospel is that Jesus is an individual, who speaks in a way that the sheep recognize his voice. He is empathetic. He knows what's in their heart.
So often, we have heard different people in political life or those in law enforcement speak to people in a way that really helps them understand what they're doing and what's important in life. I remember, of course, FDR's line during the Great Depression. There's nothing to fear, but fear itself.
I was at a funeral some years ago, where a priest had a very difficult time of preaching at a funeral, and he had the difficult task of bringing a community together that was very upset. A young man in his 20s, who did so much good service for other people, was someone who was well respected by everyone was killed in a botched robbery. And at one moment, he said something that really struck home to everyone. He said, I don't want anybody to come here today, thinking that someone took Tim's life. Nobody took Tim's life, because Tim always gave it away.
That priest knew exactly what to say in a way that allowed people to appreciate something more about this young man's life than the fact that he was a victim of murder. We also see here in the gospel how Jesus is an individual, as well, who looks for a way to make sure that when he gives his life for the sheep, he's able to take it up again. He almost enjoys giving of himself in order so that others may have the opportunity to have their lives enriched.
I recently was reading about a father, Emil Kapaun, from Wichita, Kansas, who was a military chaplain during the Korean War. And there were all sorts of stories about how he gave his life and service to people, especially when they were held prisoner in Korea, and he gave he gave them the courage to continue. And although, he died in captivity, 70 years ago, this May 23, he is still remembered as an individual who was able time and, again, to give his life to others. So that he could take it up, again, and be enriched as they responded to him.
And finally, we see that Jesus is one who brings the flock together. He creates order among the flock. He establishes stability among them. That, too, is a sign of a good leader when someone is able to bring people together and remain with them.
There's a priest by the name of Father Dick Jones, a Jesuit, who worked on the Indian reservations in South Dakota that I knew well. He died when he was in his 90s, and the Native American people gave him a name. He who stays with us. He who stays with us.
It is a way for them to express that they valued him as an individual who is a point of reference for bringing them together, so I wanted to say a particular word to young people today. Don't be discouraged if you have the impulse of leadership rising in your hearts. Don't allow your hearts to shrink because of controversies that you see about leaders today, whether they be political figures, or they be public servants, priests, or police. But to remember that, if you find the impulse in your life of having the ability to speak to the hearts of people, that you enjoy giving of yourself and seeing how it benefits others in yourself, and also, that you have the ability to really bring order into society.
Pay attention to those impulses. It is important that we all follow the example of the good shepherd, but we want to make sure that our young people do as well. So young people, think about leadership in society and in the church. We need you.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, which crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell, and the third day, he rose, again, from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From there, he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. The Lord promises his people, I will give you shepherds. Let us present these prayers, asking that this promise may be fulfilled in our hearing.
- That our priest will continue to be inspired by the spirit they receive on the day of their ordination and that all public servants remain in touch with the generosity in their hearts that prompted them to serve the common good. We pray to the Lord.
- Lord, hear our prayer.
- For young people that they may respond generously to the call to serve in leadership positions in the church or in society. We pray to the Lord.
- Lord, hear our prayer.
- For our seminarians and all those pursuing a religious vocation, may they remain steadfast and attentive to the voice of the good shepherd who gave his life for the flock of God. We pray to the Lord.
- Lord, hear our prayer.
- For the sick, and suffering, and for those who care for them, we pray to the Lord.
- Lord, hear our prayer.
- That the God of peace, who brought our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, back from the dead may now raise to new life all those who have died. We pray to the Lord.
- Lord, hear our prayer. Lord Jesus, you are the good shepherd, who lays down your life for the flock. Raise up in your church, and in the world, generous leaders, who are willing to serve your people with dedication and love. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Pray, my sisters and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours will be acceptable to God, the Father Almighty.
[FAINT PRAYER IN BACKGROUND]
- Grant we pray, O Lord, that we may always find a light in these pascall mysteries, so that the renewal constantly at work within us may be the cause of our unending joy through Christ, our Lord.
- The Lord be with you.
- With your spirit.
- Lift up your hearts.
- Lift them up to the Lord.
- Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
- It is right and just.
- It is truly bright and just, our duty, our Salvation at all times to acclaim your Lord, but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously when Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed. For with the old order destroyed, a universe cast down is renewed, and integrity of life is restored to us in Christ. Therefore, overcome with pascall joy, every land, every people exults in your praise, even the heavily powers. With the angelic hosts, sing together the unending hymn of your glory as they acclaim.
- You are, indeed, holy, O Lord, the font of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, these gifts we pray by sending down your spirit upon them, like to do fall. Show that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. At the time, he was betrayed and entered willingly into his passion.
He took bread, and giving thanks broke it. He gave it to his disciples, saying, take this, all of you, and eat of it for this is my body, which will be given up for you. In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice, once more, giving thanks.
He gave it to his disciples, saying, take this, all of you, and drink from it for this is a chalice of my blood. The blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. The mystery of faith.
- Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the bread of life, the challis of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly, we pray that partaking of the body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church spread throughout the world, bring her to the fullness of charity together with Frances, our Pope, me, your unworthy servant, my brother, bishops, the clergy, and all your people.
Remember, also, our brothers and sisters, who have fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection and all who have died in your mercy, welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her spouse, the blessed apostles, all the saints, who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son, Jesus Christ. Grow him, and with him, and in him, Oh God, Almighty Father. In the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever.
- At the Savior's command informed by divine teaching, we dare to 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.
Deliver us, Lord. We pray from every evil. Graciously grant peace in our days that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all the stress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
- For the Kingdom, power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.
- Lord, Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, peace, I leave you. My peace, I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church. And graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will, who live and reign forever and ever.
- The peace of the Lord be with you always.
- And with your spirit.
- Let us offer each other a sign of peace. Lamb of God.
- You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us, Lamb of God, and take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us, Lamb of God. Take away justice in the world. Grant us peace.
- Behold the Lamb of God. Behold Him, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
- Lord, I am not worthy. You should enter under my roof, but only say the word. And my soul shall be healed.
GREG SAKOWICZ: In act of spiritual communion, my dear Jesus, I believe that you are present in this most holy sacrament. I love you of all things. I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
- Let us pray. Look upon your flock kind, shepherd. Be pleased to settle in eternal pastures, the sheep you have redeemed by the precious blood of your son, who lives and reigns forever and ever.
- As I mentioned in my homily, these have been difficult days for all of us, especially those who are in leadership positions. Let us continue to support them, and also, as we hold people accountable for misdeeds, as well, we should, that we make sure also that we continue to value the role of leaders in our society today all across the board. So that we send a message to our young people that to dedicate their lives and leadership roles for the church and society is something that we really value. The Lord be with you.
- And with your spirit.
- May almighty God bless you. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Go in peace.
- Thanks be to God.