Vol: 43, No.50 24TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 11 2016  
Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. (Sir 36:18)

The Israelites who were under the tyranny of Pharaoh could have easily perished had not God intervened on their behalf and sent a team of liberators led by Moses. On the slopes of the Mount Sinai where they encamped after they were liberated they received the assurance that they would be protected provided they observed God’s laws and decrees but failures could be disastrous. Hence they could have been annihilated when they made the molten calf. It was only the timely and judicious intervention of Moses that saved the situation. Paul would have been on the wrong side of history and would have received no mention at all in the annals of history had he not been converted by the glorious vision of the Lord Jesus on the way to Damascus. For various reasons one may lose oneself, like going after fame, lack of will to live, etc., but mustering courage and seeking help from God are the keys to find oneself. Do I let myself be lost? (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...
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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.
(Though God’s anger razes against the Israelites for so quickly deserting Him by making the molten calf and worshipping it, the pleadings of Moses for mercy is accepted by God).
A reading from the Book of Exodus
(32:7-11, 13-14)

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’” And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation.”
But Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does thy wrath
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