Vol: 44, No.48 23RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) September 10 2017  
You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love. (Ps 118:137, 124)
In today’s readings both Prophet Ezekiel and Jesus remind us of the importance of fraternal correction. Though today’s society prefers to celebrate and trumpet the faults and failures of others, Jesus wants us his followers to correct those who offend or go wrong in charity and bring them back to the mainstream of life. Outright rejection of the persons, no matter who they are and what they have done, has no place in Jesus’ understanding. For him all are children of God and he sends rain and sunshine on the good and the wicked alike. God is willing to offer his forgiveness to those who opt to go away from him and it was precisely for that reason that Jesus was sent. Jesus’ mission was to seek and save the lost. Hence, let us ask ourselves: Am I ready and willing to forgive my offenders and correct them in charity? Do I make a sincere attempt to understand why the other committed what he or she committed and offer assistance to correct and bring him or her back to Jesus? (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, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an ever-lasting inheritance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
(Ezekiel is given the job of a watchman and his duty is to convey to the Israelites the warnings God sends. If any failure occurs in this regard, he would be held responsible).
A reading from the Book of Ezekiel (33:7-9)
The word of the Lord came to me, saying: “You, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; Whenever you hear a word from my mouth you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.”
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