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Vol: 45, No.48 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) September 02 2018  
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you. (Ps 85:3, 5)
The statutes and the ordinanaces that God gave to the people were good and if observed correctly they would make the people distinct from the people among whom they were to live. The laws in the book of Deuteronomy were in force at the time of Jesus but religious leaders over the years added rituals to the laws that made their observance burdensome. Jesus adopted a different approach to the law and did not make rituals such as the scrupulous washing of cups and plates and exaggerated washing of hands and feet mandatory for his disciples. It goes to the credit of Jesus when he said that nothing from outside which by going inside of a person can defile a person but what comes from within defiles him/her. All sinful thoughts originate in the mind of a person. What thoughts do we keep in our mind and ponder? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God....
Glory to God...

God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your
watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
(In the first farewell discourse, Moses exhorts the people to pay heed to the commandments God has given them. Observing them carefully is a precondition for taking possession of the Promised Land).
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (4:1-2, 6-8)
Moses said to the people, “O Israel, give heed to the statutes and the ordinances which I teach you, and do them; that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, gives you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it; that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Keep them and do them; for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say: ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? And what great nation is there that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law which I set before you this day?”
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