1 Kings 19:16, 19–21
Elisha leaves the plough to follow Elijah.
Psalm 15(16):1–2, 5, 7–11
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Galatians 5:1, 13–18
When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free.
1 Samuel 3:9; John 6:68c
Speak, O Lord, your servant is listening; you have the words of everlasting life.
Jesus sets out for Jerusalem.
Images from the Word
- Follow me
- Looks back
- His servant
At the beginning of Mass
the priest stands at the chair and, together with the whole gathering, makes the Sign of the Cross. Then he signifies the presence of the Lord to the community gathered there by means of the Greeting. By this greeting and the people’s response, the mystery of the Church gathered together is made manifest.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §50
As we gather for Mass, we sign ourselves with the sign of the cross and acknowledge the presence of Christ among us, made possible by our coming together. Together we exercise this ministry of being the assembly of God’s priestly people. We each bring our special gift of faith. But Christ is in need of each of us to actually come so that he may be present.