Vol: 44, No.10 3RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) January 22 2017  
O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.

It took one hundred thousand workers and thirty years to build the great Egyptian pyramids and twenty thousand workers and twenty years to build the beautiful symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Both these monuments are among the man-made wonders whose grandeur and beauty are admirable. However, they remain as lifeless structures. But, when Jesus began to lay the foundation for the kingdom of God he began with a handful of disciples whom he chose carefully. Jesus began to build an edifice not with brick and concrete but with human beings as co-builders with him. Jesus wanted to build an edifice where the members would find love and acceptance. In other words, he wanted to enlighten the people who would otherwise grope in darkness. Simple fishermen were his first choice as his immediate collaborators. Their hard work and dedication bring solace to millions of believers in Christ. Am I ready to join Jesus in his mission? (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, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(These verses contain a prophetic hymn of thanksgiving. Isaiah expresses his certainty that the saving acts of God expected by him will certainly happen).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (8:239:3)
In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, thou hast broken as on the day of Midian.
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