Vol: 43, No.52 26TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 25 2016  
All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. (Dan 3:31, 29, 30, 43, 42)

Prophet Amos gives a graphic description of the opulent lifestyle of the rich in Israel who revel in luxury and ignore the plight of the poor. Amos foresees a difficult time ahead for them as he prophesies that the above class will be first to be deported to Assyria. The rich man in the parable also lives an extravagant life while ignoring Lazarus who is lying at his door and is in need of food and medication. When they die their fortunes are reversed, Lazarus is in eternal bliss while the rich man is in everlasting torment. These two presentations indicate that life lived in utter disregard of what is happening around is going to help neither in this life nor in the next. What is actually needed is to put on godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness as Paul tells Timothy in the second reading. Where do I stand? (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 manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Hoy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(The Prophet Amos confronts the wealthy of both Judah and Israel for their selfish and luxurious lifestyle without any compassion for the poor of the society).
A reading from the Book of Amos (6:1, 4-7)
The almighty Lord says this, “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria. Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David invent for themselves instruments of music; who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first of those to go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves shall pass away.”
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