Vol: 43, No.41 16TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) July 17 2016  
See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. (Ps 53:6, 8)

Today’s liturgy centres on the theme of hospitality and the proper attitude of the host towards his/her guests. In the examples presented we have Abraham receiving his guests and treating them to a delicious meal and in return receiving the promise of a son. Jesus visits the home of Martha and Mary and seeing the response of each, Jesus makes an important statement about hospitality when he says to Martha that attention to the guest is more important than domestic performance. In this context Mary’s approach is the correct one. Abandoning the guest to himself while the host gets busy with other matters is not the right way of treating the guest. When Jesus comes to a home the right attitude cannot be anything other than listening to him. What is my attitude to Jesus who comes to my family, to me? (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...
Show favour, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. 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.
(God visits Abraham and promises the gift of a son that Abraham has been lacking. Abraham is a generous and hospitable patriarch who particularly shows kindness to strangers).
A reading from the Book of Genesis (18:1-10)
The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the earth, and said, “My lord, if I have found favour in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I fetch a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on – since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare
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