Vol: 44, No.55 30TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) October 29 2017  
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. (Ps 104:3-4)
Jesus would have become prey to the trap laid by the Pharisees who asked a question about the great commandment in the law had he stopped with the first part of his answer, namely, to love God with all heart, soul and mind. They would have answered that this is evident and everyone one knows it and would contend that Jesus has nothing original to contribute. But Jesus adds a second part to the commandment where the recipient of love is one’s neighbour. This is a direct challenge to the Pharisees who are self-righteous and have contempt for their hapless neighbours. For us too, loving God may be comparatively easier than loving our neighbour. Yet every Christian should be able to put both aspects of the great commandment into practice in order to be a disciple of Christ. Whom do we consider as our neighbour? Relatives, friends, people of means who can reciprocate the warmth and generosity you offer them or a person in dire need? (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…
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(These verses treat of various forms of oppression of the poor and the weak such as the stranger, the widow and the orphan).
A reading from the Book of Exodus

Thus says the Lord, “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.
“If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be to him as a creditor, and you shall not exact interest from him. If ever you take your neighbour’s garment in pledge, you shall restore it to him before the sun goes down; for that is his only covering, it is his mantle for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.”
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