Vol: 43, No.39 14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) July 03 2016  
Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. (Ps 47:10-11)

An ideal punishment is one which befits the crime and geared towards the reformation of the accused. Too much punishment or too much leniency will not produce the desired effect. The people who went into the Babylonian exile understood well that it was their misdemeanour both political and spiritual that caused their expulsion from their homeland. The experience of loneliness and homesickness in a foreign land helped them to realize that God was their greatest benefactor and going against His wishes has been the cause of their greatest undoing. Paul’s reaction to his detractors in Galatia was to confront them head-on. Thankfully the Galatians realized their folly and returned to enjoy the freedom that the gospel of Jesus offered. What is my attitude when faced with adverse situations? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/ through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. 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.
(Through these verses from the Song of Zion, Prophet Isaiah reinforces the maternal figure of Zion and invites all those who love her to rejoice).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (66:10-14c)
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may suck and be satisfied with her consoling breasts; that you may drink deeply with delight from the abundance of her glory.” For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall suck, you shall be carried upon her hip, and dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and it shall be known that the hand of the Lord is with his servants.”
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