Vol: 43, No.55 MISSION SUNDAY (29TH SUNDAY) ( C) October 16 2016  
O God, be gracious and bless us, and let your face shed its light upon us, and have mercy. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your salvation. (Ps 66:2-3)

The works of charity initiated by Mother Teresa in the slums of Kolkata among the poorest of the poor could not escape the attention of the world. As the city set on a hill cannot be hidden so does goodness. The Preventive System of Education developed by Don Bosco while working among the poor youth especially those who were homeless and orphans had a universal appeal. The opponents of Jesus imagined that by awarding the most treacherous death to Jesus they would wipe away his memory from people’s minds. But their strategy backfired as they could not imagine that Jesus would be victorious over death and that his disciples would proclaim his message all over the world. On this Mission Sunday let us firmly resolve that we too will become missionaries ready to proclaim the good news that we have received. (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, whose will it is that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, look upon your abundant harvest and be pleased to send workers to gather it, that the Gospel may be preached to all creation and that your people, gathered by the word of life and sustained by the power of the Sacraments, may advance in the path of salvation and love. 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.
(Isaiah speaks of the light that shines upon Israel while the peoples of other nations are covered in darkness of sin. But he promises that all nations and kings shall walk by the shining radiance of Israel).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (60:1-6)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be carried in the arms. Then you shall see and be radiant, your heart shall thrill and rejoice; because the
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