Vol: 44, No.58 33RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) November 19 2017  
The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place. (Jer 29:11, 12, 14)
We are drawing close to the end of the Liturgical Year. The Lord invites us to take stock of our lives. God has endowed us with countless talents and gifts. How have we made use of them? Have we developed them and invested them wisely to produce fruits for the Kingdom? Or have we wasted the many precious gifts God has lavished on us? Let us be truly sorry for our failures and ask the Father’s forgiveness. (Pause)
I confess to almighty God...
Glory to God in the highest…

Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(This concluding passage from the book of Proverb sings the praises of a perfect wife).
A reading from the Book of Proverbs (31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31)
A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart
of her husband trusts in her and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (127)
Response: O blessed are those who fear the Lord!
O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways! By the labour of your hands you shall eat. You will be happy and prosper. R/
Your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive, around your table. R/
Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion in a happy Jerusalem all the days of your life. R/
(Paul invites his Christians to be alert so that they may be ready to meet the Lord when he comes. This will require of them to lead a life worthy of the children of light).
A reading from the First Letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians (5:1-6)
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