Vol: 46, No.15 6TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) February 17 2019  
Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name. (Ps 30:3-4)
The modern world in which we live has achieved certain levels of prosperity. Some countries of the world were developed earlier but many countries achieved development only lately for the last twenty or thirty years. The Bible is not a collection of books that extol poverty nor are Christians expected to remain poor. God of the Bible is very much interested in the spiritual and material welfare of the people and Jesus tirelessly worked to enhance the quality of people’s lives. Early Christians enjoyed relative prosperity when they lived communal lives and shared the riches among all. The beatitudes are promises to the poor, the hungry, the weeping and the despised that their situation will be altered and they will enjoy the benefits of being part of God’s kingdom. What do the beatitudes tell us today? (Pause)

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

O God, who teach us that you abide in hearts that are just and true, grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace as to become a dwelling pleasing to you. 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 does a contrast between the person who depends on human strength for his well-being and the person who trusts in God for the same purpose. The former receives a curse while the latter receives a blessing).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
The Word of the Lord
Response: Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.
Happy indeed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked; nor lingers in the way of the sinners nor sits in the company of scorners, but whose delight is the law of the Lord and who ponders his law day and night. R/
He is like a tree that is planted beside the flowing waters, that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade; and all that he does shall prosper. R/
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