Vol: 43, No.44 19TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 07 2016  
Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. (Ps 73:20, 19, 22, 23)

It is said that the great Napoleon Bonaparte lost the battle of Waterloo because of a miscalculation of time. In a fatal blunder, Napoleon waited until mid-day to give the command to attack. The delay in fighting gave the opponents sufficient time to march to Waterloo and attack Napoleonís army by the late afternoon. In the gospel of today Jesus exhorts his disciples to vigilance. We too can make errors in judgement that can cause damage to our reputation and other losses. Unexpected events can also happen in our lives for which we are not prepared. The servants who were in tune with the master and waited for his coming were rewarded. But the servants who thought the master might delay in his coming and began to misbehave were punished by the master on his arrival. So the key to successful living is preparedness to meet our only Lord, the Lord Jesus. Am I willing? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters,
that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. 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 author ponders over the past events in the Israelite history such as the Passover and the Exodus).
A reading from the Book of Wisdom (18:6-9)
That night was made known beforehand to our fathers, so that they might rejoice in sure knowledge of the oaths in which they trusted. The deliverance of the righteous and the destruction of their enemies were expected by thy people. For by the same means by which thou didst punish our enemies thou didst call us to thyself and glorify us. For in secret the holy children of good men offered sacrifices, and with one accord agreed to the divine law, that the saints would share alike the same things, both blessings and dangers; and already they were singing the praises of the fathers.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (33)
Response:Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.
Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts. They are happy, whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his own. R/
The Lord looks on those who revere him, on those who hope in his love, to
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