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Vol: 45, No.49 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) September 09 2018  
You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right, treat your servant in accord with your merciful love. (Ps119:137, 124)
The power of prophecy is such that the prophet is able to motivate the people to look beyond the present turmoil to a future full of hope that is waiting for them. Isaiah did it in his time. Isaiah was able to visualize the messianic time when the blind could see, the deaf hear, the lame leap and jump, and the dumb could sing a song. The prophecies of Isaiah found their fulfilment in Jesus for he gave sight to the blind, opened the years of the deaf, made the lame man walk and restored the dump man’s speech. Today’s gospel bears witness to the onset of the Messianic era for Jesus cures a deaf and dumb man. The cured man became a zealous preacher of the goodness of God that the onlookers were simply astonished. What do I expect from our Messiah? (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, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you...
(Isaiah exudes new hope for the exiles returning from slavery in Babylon. He says that when God will come to save them the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and water shall spring forth in the desert).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (146)
Response: My soul, give praise to the Lord.
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever, who is just to those who are oppressed.
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