Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Welcome again to a little liturgy. This week we see a theme of healing and preaching in the readings. I have focused on the Gloria in the activities section to draw our attention to the loss of this prayer from the liturgy during Lent. I hope you have fun with the Latin!
Liturgy of the Word
Job is in a miserable mood. He says life is all drudgery. When it is day he longs for night; when it is night he longs for day. He reflects on how quickly life goes by saying that it is"swifter than a weaver's shuttle", and "my life is but a breath".
Ps 146:1-6. R.v.3
Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.
Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
St Paul says he did not choose to preach the Gospel but was called. He sees it as a big responsibility and hopes to have a share in the Gospel's blessing.
Jesus visits Peter's house and cures his mother-in-law from a fever. Crowds visited him that evening and he cures many from disease and casts out many devils. Jesus left in the early morning and when the others caught up with him he said that they would visit many towns throughout Galilee.
Job's complaints reflect how we all feel at some time in our lives. We are also reminded that our time in this world is brief. Fortunately the scriptures also provide hope. This week's psalm shows the healing capacity of God. The Gospel looks at healing in a very physical way. We might look at the way in which Jesus casts out devils and see that he can cast out our problems too with his message of salvation.
Activity during Mass
This week and next week are the last Sundays of Ordinary Time before Lent. During Lent we stop saying the Gloria. Take a close look at this prayer to see why we might stop saying it during Lent. Fill in the gaps.
Glory* to _ _ _ in the highest,
and on earth* peace* to people of good will.
We pr _ _ _ _ you, we bl_ _ _ you,
we ad_ _ _ you, we gl_ _ _ _ _ you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord*_ _ _ , heavenly _ _ _ _ *, O God, almighty _ _ _ _ _ _.
Lord Jesus _ _ _ _ _ _ , Only Begotten _ _ _ ,
Lord God*, _ _ _ _ of _ _ _, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world*, have_ _ _ _ _ on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our _ _ _ _ _ _;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father*, have mercy _ _ _ _.
For you alone are the _ _ _ _* One,
you alone are the_ _ _ _,
you alone are the Most _ _ _ _,
Jesus Christ, with the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
The Gloria is often sung and sometimes it is sung in Latin. See if you can match the English words marked with an asterix and Latin words below:
Other Activities and resources
You might like to listen to the Gloria in Latin here:
(be patient with the advert!)
Glori on Youtube
Or look at the areas where Jesus went to preach:
map of Galilee
description and pictures of Galilee
Best wishes for the week!