Vol: 44, No.21 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( A) April 02 2017  
Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength. (Ps 42:1-2)

We are already on the fifth Sunday of the Holy Season of Lent and getting closer to the celebration of the greatest of the mysteries of Christianity – the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. The readings of today’s Eucharistic celebration centre around the theme of Jesus as the giver of life. His resurrection is not exactly an event which is past; the Spirit of the risen Jesus continues to give vitality to each of us personally and to our families and community. The experience of the power of the Spirit would need openness and receptivity from our part. Hence we begin this Eucharist by humbling ourselves and acknowledging our failures and offences before the Lord and our brothers and sisters. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/...
By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns…
(Ezekiel preaches the Word to the exiles in Babylon to offer them a new lease of life. The Spirit of God will work wonders in their lives who are now under oppression).
A reading from the Book of Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (129)
Response: With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading. R/
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness; for this we revere you. R/
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word. My soul is longing for the Lord more than a watchman for
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