Vol: 43, No.47 21ST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 23 2016  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. (Ps 85:1-3)
PENITENTIAL RITE

The person from the crowd who raised the question about the number of people who will be saved represents the many that raise such concerns. But nobody needs to have such concerns for Jesus says, “Men will come from east and west, and north and south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God.” StJohn in his vision saw a great multitude which no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, stand before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. So the real question is not how many would be saved but whether I would be among the saved. The way how to get there is clear for us, which is through following the way of the cross. Am I working towards my salvation? (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...
 
COLLECT
O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. 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.
FIRST READING
(These verses from the Book of Isaiah are really a trend-setter because the Gentiles, who are invited to participate in the salvation, will become God’s ambassadors sent to the faraway places in order to proclaim His glory among the nations).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah
(66:18-21)
The Lord says this, “I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the
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