Vol: 45, No.52 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) September 30 2018  
All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. (Dan 3:31.29, 30, 43, 42)
The liturgy of the Word of today strengthens the biblical maxim: do good and shun evil. In the first reading Moses does not forbid Eldad and Medad from prophesying and Jesus does not want to stop a man from casting out demons in his name. Both these leaders want the good done on their behalf to be continued. Jesus even promises a reward for any good action done in his name. On the other hand, when it is a question of causing scandal and misleading the innocent Jesus is uncompromising. He condemns scandal-mongering in the strongest terms for he says if the eye causes one to sin it is better to pluck it out, similarly with the hand and the feet. Do I appreciate the good that others are doing? Do I cause scandal of any sort? (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, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(The conferring of God’s spirit on the seventy elders indicates that the gifts are not reserved for a few, but all members are able to receive them).
A reading from the Book of Numbers (11:25-29)
The Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses, and took some of the spirit that was upon him and put it upon the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did so no more.
Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested upon them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, forbid them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!”
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