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Vol: 45, No.47 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) August 26 2018  
Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. (Ps 86:1-3)
When Joshua demanded from the Israelites to make a choice between the Lord and gods of the people among whom they settled, the people stood firmly behind the Lord, their God. The people said it was impossible to forsake the Lord who brought them out of the land of Egypt and serve other gods. Jesus also asked a question to the twelve disciples in the wake of some disciples leaving following the bread of life discourse. While Israelites were attracted to the pagan gods, it was the sustained effort of Jesus to present himself as the bread of life and the necessity of abiding in him that the disciples could not accept. Yet Jesus is not perturbed by some of his disciples leaving him, he stands his grounds. Often in life we have to make choices when difficult situations arise. Where do we look for solutions when difficult problems arise in our lives? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God.....
Glory to God...

O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you
promise, that, amid the uncertainities of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place, where true gladness is found. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you...
(Joshua summons the Israelites at Shechem and urges them to choose between the True God and the gods of the Amorites. The people make a public confession to serve the Lord, their God).
A reading from the book of Joshua
(24:1-2a, 15-18b)

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, "If you be unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Then the people answered, "Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed.
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