Vol: 43, No.40 15TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) July 10 2016  
As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. (Ps 16:15)

In response to a question posed by a lawyer regarding one’s neighbour Jesus came out with this wonderful story ever told – the parable of the Good Samaritan. Robbery, extortion, wounding and killing are as much common today as in the time of Jesus. The question is, if we have a chance encounter with a person who has been victim of a violent assault, will we walk away as the priest and the Levite did? In the modern situation where more and more people live in cities where everyone is a stranger to another indifference shown to a person in need is common. But that is no excuse for us to turn our face away from a needy person saying, “Let somebody else do it, why should I.” The parable of the Good Samaritan should encourage us to recommit ourselves to our fellow human beings who are in need. Am I willing to help a person in need? (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 show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honour. 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 Book of Deuteronomy tells us that the truths about life and death, good and evil, are communicated to the people through Moses).
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (30:10-14)
Moses said to the people, “You will obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; you will turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
“For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”
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