Vol: 44, No.49 24TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) September 17 2017  
Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. (Sir 36:18)
Dear brothers and sisters, to forgive is divine. And when we forgive we become similar to God! We always begin our Eucharist by asking God pardon for our sins. Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer we implore the Lord to forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. The only disposition necessary to obtain God’s forgiveness is that we forgive from our heart those who have wronged us. Are we able to forgive as Jesus commands 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…
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
(As the Lord in his mercy forgives and forgets our offences, we too must be ready to offer forgiveness to those who offend us without keeping any record of the hurts received).
A Reading from the Book of Sirach

Anger and wrath, these are abominations, and the sinful man will possess them. He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins. Forgive your neighbour the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Does a man harbour anger against another, and yet seek for healing from the Lord? Does he have no mercy toward a man like himself, and yet pray for his own sins? If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, who will make expiation for his sins? Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments. Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbour; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (102)
Response: The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord, all my being, bless his holy name. My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings. R/
It is he who forgives all your guilt, who

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