Vol: 43, No.45 20TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 14 2016  
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. (Ps 83:10-11)

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus does not at once guarantee that the whole world is going to become Christian. That is a result that has to be laboriously attained. Entire families do not sometimes become Christian though some members do. Obviously when a member of the family accepts the faith whereas all others do not, the family is obviously divided. This is the situation presented in today’s Gospel. Christian life is not a bed of roses. It offers challenges, it demands us to walk a different road than what we are accustomed to. Am I willing to take up the challenge and follow Jesus? Jesus had to endure the terrible suffering of crucifixion and death in order to bring about the redemption. For our failures to accept the hardships and sufferings on our way as we struggle to be faithful disciples of Christ, let us be sorry. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/.....
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises,
which surpass every human desire. 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.
(Jeremiah is falsely accused and the king orders him to be thrown into a waterless cistern. But Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian eunuch entreats the king and with his permission pulls him out of the muddy dungeon).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah (38:4-6,8-10)
The princes said to the king, “Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm.” King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your hands; for the king can do nothing against you.” So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mire, and Jeremiah sank in the mire.
Ebed-melech went from the king’s house and said to the king, “My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they did to Jeremiah the prophet by casting him into the cistern; and he will die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city.” Then the king commanded Ebed-melech, the
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