Vol: 44, No.51 26TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) October 01 2017  
All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. (Dan 3:31.29,30,43,42)
The ultimate challenge for a Christian is whether he/she is in the kingdom of God or not. Our entry into the kingdom of God begins already here on earth, to be continued without doubt after we die. But disobedience and rebellion against God are serious obstacles to our entry into the kingdom of God. The Israelite history is one of rebellion and disobedience to God and the disastrous consequences emanating out of it. The Scribes and the Pharisees to whom Jesus told the parable of the two sons were made to understand that they had lost favour in the sight of God purely because they trusted in themselves rather than in God whereas the tax collectors and the harlots trusted in God rather than in themselves. The doors of the kingdom of God are open but entry is not free. Certain amount of humility, sense of justice and love for neighbour among other things are the necessary conditions for entry. Do we consider ourselves well disposed to become part of the kingdom of God? Is God pleased with my life? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest…
O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(Ezekiel says that each person will be judged according to what he/she has done. The Lord takes no pleasure in the death of anyone).
A reading from the Book of Ezekiel (18:25-28)
The word of the Lord was addressed to me in this way, “You say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die for it; for the iniquity which he has committed he shall die.
Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
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