Vol: 43, No.56 30TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 23 2016  
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. (Ps 104:3-4)

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus lived in a society that was sharply divided based on what we call in modern terminology, the Haves and the Have-nots. We may add that not only the Jewish society of the 1st century but also the ultra modern world of 21st century is also divided precisely on these lines. Though by and large most people like to keep their lifestyle simple but an ostentatious show of wealth and style is also not wanting. That is why the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is so appealing whenever we hear it. None of us may like to identity ourselves with the Pharisee in the parable but may also fail to imitate the tax collector when we come into the presence of God. Where would I like to 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...
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. 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.
(In this passage Sirach focuses on the justice of God. As the just judge God shows no partiality. He will attend to the complaints of the orphans and the widows).
A reading from the Book of Sirach (35:12-14, 16-18a)
The Lord is the judge and with him is no partiality. He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man; and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless, nor the widow when she pours out her story. He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and his prayer will reach to the clouds. The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord; he will not desist until the Most High visits him, and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgement. And the Lord will not delay.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (34)
Response: This poor man called; the Lord heard him.
I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord
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