Vol: 44, No.11 4TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) January 29 2017  
Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you. (Ps 105:47)

The great Sermon on the Mount that runs into three chapters of the Gospel of Matthew begins with the Beatitudes. Beatitudes are a declaration of blessedness or happy attitudes. Jesus identifies nine groups of people who will receive divine blessing such as the poor, the mourning and the meek. Jesusí mission was to bring the people under the rule of God. God rules with different standards. In the secular world the above categories of values may not find many takers but under the rule of God the sacrifices we make do not go unnoticed. Jesus was constantly at the service of the weaker sections of society for whose benefit he would work tirelessly. What are benchmarks for our happiness? Can we make ourselves poor in spirit or meek or peacemakers so that God can satisfy us? (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...
Grant us, Lord Our God, that we may honour you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. 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. Amen.
(Zephaniah exhorts the people to seek righteousness in humility in order to be saved from the wrath of the Lord that is coming on the land).
A reading from the prophet Zephaniah (2:3; 3:12-13)
Seek the Lord all you, the humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek integrity, seek humility: you may perhaps find shelter on the day of the anger of the Lord. In your midst I will leave a humble and lowly people, and those who are left in Israel will seek refuge in the name of the lord. They will do no wrong, will tell no lies; and the perjured tongue will no longer be found in their mouths. But they will be able to gaze and rest with no one to disturb them.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (145)
Response: How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever, who is just to those who are oppressed. It is he who gives bread to the hungry, the Lord, who sets prisoners free. R/
It is the Lord who gives sight to the
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