Vol: 43, No.13 4TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) January 31 2016  
Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you. (Ps 105:47)

Exclusivity is a malady that has caused so much harm to humanity by spreading hatred and all the consequences associated with it. The Indian independence struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi was to teach the colonizers that they had no exclusive rights over the country or the people they had conquered. It is here that the difference between God and humans can be clearly seen. Right from the time of choosing Abraham it was revealed that the salvation that was now beginning to unfold was for all the nations of the world. It took time to realize this great ideal. In his inaugural address in the synagogue when Jesus mentioned the names of two Gentiles who received special favour from God, the Synagogue-goers were angered to the point of harming Jesus straight away because they thought that God cared for them alone. They understood what Jesus was hinting at. They thought that they had exclusive rights to God’s love and care. Do we condemn others because they do not belong to our group? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/......
Glory to God in the highest...
Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honour you with our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who
lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(The prophetic mission for which Jeremiah is called is not an easy one. Jeremiah has his enemies but the Lord is more powerful than they, and he will protect him).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah (1:4-5, 17-19)
The word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. But you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land – against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (71)
Response: My lips will tell of your help.
In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, free me: pay heed to me and save me. R/
Be a rock where I can take refuge, a mighty stronghold to save me; for you are my rock, my stronghold. Free me from the hand of the wicked. R/
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