Vol: 45, No.40 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) July 15 2018  
As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. (Ps 17:15)
An Indian citizen is safeguarded by the constitution of India; it guarantees him/her the fundamental rights. When a citizen of India travels abroad, it is the president of India that stands guarantee for him/her. Applied to the religious sphere, when God commissions an individual for a specific task, that person is divinely empowered. When Amaziah, the false prophet, confronted Amos the true prophet, Amos silenced Amaziah by saying that God has chosen him. When Jesus sent out the Twelve on a preaching mission he gave them authority to carry out their mission. Going with nothing, the Twelve returned triumphantly from their preaching and healing ministry. Do we feel chosen by God? (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...
O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honour. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(This passage highlights the difference between a true and a false prophet. Amaziah does not want Amos to prophesy in the Northern Kingdom, but, Amos retorts by saying that he is prophet not by his own choice but God's).
A reading from the book of Amos

When the Lord spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The people also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them; and you shall say to them, "Thus says the Lord God". And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them."
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