Vol: 43, No.51 25TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 18 2016  
I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.

Prudence is the ability to govern and discipline oneself through the use of the reason. By the same logic imprudence is the inability of a person to do the right thing and it can do great damage to a person. It is well said that it is imprudent on the part of a person to drink and drive, thereby putting himself and others in danger. It is imprudent on the part youngsters to take drugs which can damage his/her prospect in education and career. It is also imprudent for students to copy in the exams for if caught they can be disqualified from taking further exams. Jesus warned his disciples to be prudent because they were to be the future leaders once Jesus was no more with them; hence he told them the parable of the dishonest steward thereby praising not the dishonesty but the clever thinking of the steward. Am I a prudent person? Have I made mistakes due to lack of vigilance and prudence? (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...
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. 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.
(Amos condemns the exploitation of the poor by the rich and the powerful. Here, the prophet depicts the greed of the wealthy who make money through fraudulent means).
A reading from the Book of Amos  

Hear this, you who trample upon the needy, and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great, and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and sell the refuse of the wheat?” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (113)
Response: Praise the Lord, who raises the poor.
Alleluia! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! May the name of the Lord be blessed both now and for evermore! R/
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