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Gathering Ritual6th Sunday in Ordinary Time • February 11, 2018 • Jesus Is Good NewsSunday Readings: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11-1; Mark 1:40-45Sing: “The Beatitudes” from the Promise/Good News Music CD (CD-2, #17). Lyrics are available at We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son,and of the Holy Spirit.Leader: Let us pray. Jesus, you inspire us to heal and forgive others as you did, to welcome the outsider into your circle. Help us heal the harm and hurt we all do and experience from others. Walk with us when we reach out beyond our circle of friends to include others.All: Amen.Prayer: Psalm 32, Sunday’s ResponsorialPsalmLeader: I turn to you, God, in times of trouble. All: You fill me with the joy of salvation.Leader: Blessed is the person who has no guilt. All: Be glad and rejoice, you who are just.GospelLeader: Let us prepare to listen to the Gospel. Loving God, open our ears to hear your call.All: Open our eyes to see the Spirit in our lives.Leader: Open our hearts to live the Gospel.All: Open our hands to reach out to others like Jesus.Reader: A reading from the Gospel According to Mark 1.40-45. Use the Gospel in reader parts from Venture or Visions.ReflectionThe first days of Jesus’ ministry are busy. He calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him. He goes to the synagogue and frees a man from an unclean spirit. He raises up Peter’s mother-in-law from a fever. He heals many sick people and goes from village to village proclaiming the good news. The kingdom of God is near. When Jesus meets a man whois sick and from whom other people stay far, far away, what does he do? When the man pleads with Jesus to heal him, so he can be with other people, what does Jesus do? Jesus sees and hears the man and feels compassion for him. He cares for him. He heals the man. Jesus brings the man the good news that God loves him. This Gospel story tells us that God loves every one of us, even outsiders, even those no one else seems to like. Jesus has the power to heal, and so do we. Let us go now to our sessions and think together about ways we can use our power.Concluding PrayerLeader: Who has ideas about how you can use your power to reach out, heal, and spread Jesus’ good news?(Use the situations on page 4 of Good News. Invite children to suggest what children can do to help.)Leader: Together let us pray the Prayer of St. Francis, who tells us many ways we can heal others. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.All: Where there is hatred let me show love.Leader: Where there is injury, pardon. All: Where there is doubt, faith.Leader: Where there is despair, hope. All: Where there is darkness, light.Leader: Where there is sadness, joy.All: Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console.Leader: To be understood as to understand. All: To be loved as to love.Leader: For it is in giving that we receive.All: It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.Leader: It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. All: Amen.© 2018 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis program is a free resource available to parishes, schools, and families who use P aum Gospel Weeklies. They may also reproduce the Family Corner feature for use in digital and print publications. (800-543-4383) gospelweeklies.comFamily Catechesis

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