Vol: 46, No.13 4TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 03 2019  
Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you. (Ps 105:47)
No prophet of Israel had an easy life. They faced intimidation, humiliation, torture and death threats. But these did not stop the prophets from proclaiming God’s Word. The same is true also in the case of Jesus who pursued the prophetic model of leadership. When someone gains prominence, especially in a village set-up where people know each other, probing the person’s background is quite common. This happened to Jesus too because he dared to challenge the faulty mindset of the people. He upheld the universality of salvation which his Jewish listeners felt as a threat to their exclusive right to be loved and cared for by God. Considering other human beings as lesser beings is not godly. Jesus put that across right at the beginning of his public ministry. What is our attitude towards people who do not belong to our religion, language or culture? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/......
Glory to God in the highest...

Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honour you with our mind, and love everyone in truth of 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.
(Jeremiah is chosen for the prophetic ministry. He will face opposition from kings, princes, priests and the people; nevertheless they will not prevail over him).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah
(1:4-5, 17-19)

The word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. But you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land – against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (71)
Response: My lips will tell of your help.
In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, free me: pay heed to me and save me. R/
Be a rock where I can take refuge, a mighty stronghold to save me; for you are my rock, my stronghold. Free me from the hand of the wicked. R/
It is you, O Lord, who are my hope, my trust O Lord, since my youth. On you I
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