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Vol: 45, No.46 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) August 19 2018  
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. (Ps 83:10-11)
As Jesus continues with the bread of life discourse, he makes further revelations about himself. Jesus now reveals that he is the living bread that has come down from heaven and whoever eats this bread will live forever. A further point is that the bread which he will give is his own flesh. Playing on the Johannine technique of misunderstanding, “the Jews” complain about the impossibility of Jesus’ giving his flesh to eat. The Jewish incomprehension does not intimidate Jesus from carrying on his discourse: he adds that eating his body and drinking his blood are essential conditions to attain eternal life. The Eucharist that we have come to celebrate is the most complete form of prayer and worship that we can offer to God. In it we thank the Father for the work of salvation achieved through His Son. How do we value the Eucharist? (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/and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you/we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son/Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father/you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father/have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One/you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit/in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. 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.
(In the Old Testament Wisdom is always personified as a female figure. She prepares a rich banquet and invites people to partake of it. She does it in order to lead them to walk in the way of God).
A reading from the Book of Proverbs (9:1-6)
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