Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The Lord called me from birth from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made me a sharp-edged sword. (Is 49:1-2)
Lord, you sent Blessed Dominic to seek out the lost sheep of your flock by preaching your truth and witnessing to your love. May we follow his example and build up the unity of your Church as a sign of faith and love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever.
A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF ST. PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS – 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17-18
I beg you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree in what you say. Let there be no factions; rather, but united in mind and judgement.
I have been informed, my brothers, by certain members of Chloe’s household that you are quarreling among yourselves. This is what I mean: One of you will say, “I belong to Paul,” another, “I belong to Apollos.” still another “Clephas has my allegiance,” and the fourth, “I belong to Christ”.
Has Christ then been divided into parts? Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Was it in Paul’s name that you were baptized?
For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the gospel – not with wordy “wisdom”, however, lest the cross of Christ be rendered void of its meaning!
The message of the Cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation, it is the power of God.
R. Lord, gather together your scattered people.
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, proclaim it on distant coasts, and say: He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, he guards them as a shepherd guards his flock. R
The Lord shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror. Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall stream to the blessings of the Lord. R
I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows. I will lavish choice portions upon the priests, and my people shall be filled with my blessings. R
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION – Jn 17:21
Alleluia, alleluia. That all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that the world may believe that you sent me. Alleluia.
GOSPEL – Jn 17:18-26
After he had spoken these words, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world; I consecrate myself for their sakes now, that they may be consecrated in truth.
“I do not pray for my disciples alone, I pray also for those who will believe in me through their word, that all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you; I pray that they may be one in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
“I have given them the glory you gave me that they may be one, as we are one – I living in them, you living in me – that their unity may be complete. So shall the world know that you sent me, and that you loved them as you loved me.
“Father, all those you gave me I would have in my company where I am, to see this glory of mine which is your gift to me, because of the love you bore me before the world began.
“Just Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you; and these men have known that you sent me. To them I have revealed your name, and I will continue to reveal it so that your love for me may live in them, and I may live in them.”
PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS
Lord our God, may all your children, made one in faith, offer this sacrifice of peace with the same spirit of love as Blessed Dominic, your apostle of unity. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
COMMUNION RITE – 1 Cor 9:22
I have made myself all things to all men in order to save at least some of them.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Lord, we have received from your table your gifts of unity and peace. Through the intercession of Blessed Dominic, heal the wounds of division among Christians and bring all who stray into the unity of the Church so that there may be one flock and one shepherd. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.