Vol: 44, No.47 22ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) September 03 2017  
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you. (Ps 85:3, 5)

Human beings have tremendous survival instincts. A well motivated person may never succumb to pressure tactics, both bodily and spiritual. Workers have survived without proper food and water for many days in the case of a mine tragedy, or a building collapse due to external causes. Jeremiah was a great survivor though throughout his life he had faced opposition to his teaching and attacks on his person. It was his strong faith in God who called him to the prophetic mission that kept him going. Jesus felt that the opposition that was building up to his mission was going to climax in his death. But Jesus did not consider flight as an option but faced the situation because he realized that nothing less than his death was required to ignite the fire for a new beginning of God-human relationship. Jesus accomplished his mission because he was willing to pay the prize. What steps am I taking to accomplish my mission? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest…

God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our
sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
(This poetic lament reflects Jeremiah’s intense pain bordering on despair. It portrays Jeremiah confessing to God that he has reached the limit of his endurance.)
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

O Lord, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art stronger than I, and thou hast prevailed. I have become a laughing stock all the day; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (62)
Response: For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord, my God.
O God, you are my God, for you I long; for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you like a dry, weary land without water. R/
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory. For
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