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Vol: 45, No.54 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ( B) October 14 2018  
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel. (Ps 129:3-4)
To enter into eternal life one should do more than observing the precepts of the law like do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, and do not defraud. Our inability to give up wealth and possessions is a serious obstacle in our pursuit of eternal life. But people who willingly detach themselves from wealth will be rewarded a hundredfold in this life and life eternal in the next. All these require tremendous effort and willingness to sacrifice. In fact, the disciples wondered when they heard that those who trust in riches cannot be saved. Salvation is God’s precious gift to us. But we have to prove our worth to receive it. Do we seriously think about our union with God? (Pause)

I Confess to almighty God...
Glory to God...

May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(Since Solomon prefers wisdom to long life, wealth or power he is given all these along with wisdom).
A reading from the Book of Wisdom (7:7-11)
I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to sceptres and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her. Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her. I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases. All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (90)
Response: Fill us with your love that we may rejoice.
Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart. Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever? Show pity to your servants. R./
In the morning, fill us with your love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Give us joy to balance our affliction for the years when we knew misfortune. R./
Show forth your work to your servants; let your glory shine on their children. Let the favour of the Lord be upon us: give success to the work of our hands. R./
(In this short passage the author praises the “Word of God” as sharper than a two-edged sword with the ability to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart).
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