Vol: 43, No.48 22ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 28 2016  
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you. (Ps 85:3, 5)

“Humility is the mother of all virtues,” says Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. Today’s liturgy of the Word teaches us a lesson in humility. “The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself” are words of wisdom from the great teacher Sirach. Jesus takes the discourse on humility to a practical level when he hints at the common human tendency to be distinct or to be noticed and appreciated by others. He tells us that when invited to a marriage feast not to occupy the front seats which may be reserved for more eminent guests. There will be embarrassment for the person if he is asked to vacate the seat. Jesus was hinting at the Pharisaic mentality to project themselves as better than common people, a mentality that is strongly detested. Am I a humble person? Do arrogance and pride reign over 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...
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. 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.
(Addressing the youth, Sirach uses wisdom traditions to teach them a lesson in humility. The meek and the humble find favour in the sight of God).
A reading from the Book of Sirach
(3:17-20, 28-29)

My son, perform your tasks in meekness; then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favour in the sight of the Lord. For great is the might of the Lord; he is glorified by the humble. The affliction of the proud has no healing, for a plant of wickedness has taken root in him. The mind of the intelligent man will ponder a parable, and an attentive ear is the wise man’s desire.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (68)
Response: In your goodness, O God, you prepare a home for the poor.
The just shall rejoice at the presence of God, they shall exult and dance for joy. O sing to the Lord, make music to his name; rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence. R/
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