Vol: 45, No.50 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) September 16 2018  
Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. (Sir 36:18)
When Jesus told his disciples that he would suffer and face rejection, in all probability he had in mind the song of the suffering servant as told in the First Reading of today. For the ill-treatment and the shame that the servant was subjected to became a reality in Jesus’ passion. All through his passion Jesus neither rebelled nor turned away from his tormentors. In all these, Jesus had the firm belief that God was by his side. In fact, Jesus had only his Father to lean on whereas his disciples and a few women who watched from afar were utterly helpless to do anything for him as the situation was too tense and violent for them to get involved. What do we do when we face adverse circumstances? Do we feel the presence of God and draw strength from him? (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...

Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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 is the third Song of the Suffering Servant. Like the prophets before him, the servant is ignored and even maltreated; but he does not react).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah

The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been confounded; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty?
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (115)
Response: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
I love the Lord for he has heard the cry of my appeal; for he turned his ear to me in the day when I called him. R./
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