Vol: 44, No.41 17TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) July 30 2017  
God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people. (Ps 67:6-7, 36)

St Padre Pio once said, “The person or the thing you fall in love with will decide everything for you. Hence fall in love with Jesus.” Human experience has proved what St Augustine concluded years ago, “Our hearts are made for you Lord they will never find rest until they find their rest in you.” However, Man falls in love with the temporary, worldly, physical and material things and even after possessing them he is restless. Today’s readings are inviting us to find out the deepest longing of the human heart. The Bible teaches us that only God can satisfy this deepest longing of the human heart. As we celebrate the mystery of God’s love, let us be sorry for the times we have run after insignificant and a times unnecessary things. (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, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(The Lord was pleased with the sacrifice of King Solomon and was ready to grant him any favour. Solomon asked for wisdom. God gave him along with wisdom also long life, wealth and peace from his enemies).
A reading from the Book of the Kings
(3:5, 7-12)

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “Now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?”
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had
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