Vol: 43, No.43 18TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) July 31 2016  
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay. (Ps 69:2, 6)

One man from the crowd who asked Jesus to settle a property dispute with his brother was perhaps justified in approaching Jesus because a religious teacher could be asked to settle such a dispute according to the Mosaic Law. But what is wrong is the underlying motive of the man which is greed. Though Jesus refused to be an arbitrator in property disputes, he took his listeners to an understanding of the right use of wealth through the parable of the rich fool. Through this parable Jesus teaches us that human life is very brittle and can end at any given point of time and so every effort should be made to be rich before God. Therefore, there is no room for greed or covetousness as St Paul taught the Colossians. We must trust in God who provides for us. Where do I put my trust? Do I put excessive trust in wealth and material things? (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.
Draw near to your servants, O Lord, and answer their prayers with
unceasing kindness, that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and guide, you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored. 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.
(In his characteristic style the author says everything is vanity. Death brings wisdom to a halt, which in turn makes life itself seem pointless).
A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes (1:2; 2:21-23)
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Sometimes a man who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by a man who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What has a man from all the toil and strain with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of pain, and his work is a vexation; even in the night his mind does not rest. This also is vanity.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (90)
Response: O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.
You turn men back into dust and say: “Go back, sons of men.” To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, no more than a watch in the night. R/
You sweep men away like a dream, like grass which springs up in the morning; in the morning it springs up and
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