The Armchair Liturgist: Greater Works On Mother’s Day

If your parish has a lot of funerals, today’s and Sunday’s Gospel may be the most proclaimed reading you offer at Mass. Funeral celebrants don’t get to this piece in verse 12, which has made me wonder since my college days:

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.

What does this mean? The evangelization of the entire planet? Reclaiming all inactive believers into active faith? That last one would be a great work indeed.

All we need is belief, so it would seem. On what will your preacher focus this weekend’s homily? Something easy, like not being troubled on the occasion of death? Something challenging, like turning around the whole neighborhood to Christ, as suggested in John 14:12? Or maybe, it’s just Mother’s Day.

Sit in the purple chair if you will. Tell us how you would preach or worship on Mother’s Day weekend when it falls on an Easter Sunday. Music, too.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Greater Works On Mother’s Day

  1. Liam says:

    My understanding of “greater works than these” has been the *expansion* upon and of Jesus’s work, which would concord with the “because” clause that follows it and the Pentecostal event that ensues, as it were.

    In any event, this is a Sunday where I will not be going to my usual parish because it will be filled with the pandemonium of First Communion. (The children are not the source of the pandemonium; it’s just that ritual events tend to bring out the worst in the playing-to-the-crowd factor, shall we say.) I am not sure who I will have as a preacher at my territorial parish, but if it’s the fine old California Jesuit we had last Saturday evening, then it might be very much worth hearing (he did a fine job last week making a hash of strict shepherd/sheep dichotomies, and instead illustrating our call to be both sheep and shepherds – ordered towards abundant life (not in a material sense)).

  2. virginia says:

    May 12 to 15th. No comments ??? Greater works than these???? Dichotomies ???? Not in a material sense ????? Speak to congregation, Not your peers. Raising the dead, sight to blind, Hearing to the deaf. Speaking to things that don’t exist as though they do.

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