Vol: 46, No.17 8TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) March 03 2019  
The Lord became my protector. He brought me out to a place of freedom; he saved me because he delighted in me. (Ps 17:19-20)
One of the evils of our human society is that we are not able to practise what we preach. As human beings we are influenced by what we see and hear. If the families into which we are born have good atmosphere where love and charity reign, then the children will grow up as healthy and responsible adults. Same principle can be applied to educational institutions, formation communities and ecclesial communities. There is also a reluctance not to lead others by example. Jesus is the teacher par excellence. Jesus’ insight into human behaviour knows no bounds. Therefore he tells us that we should not be blind while guiding others. Otherwise we will only make the other person fall. A person who has a plank in his eyes should not try to complain about a person who has only a speck in his eyes. We should be persons who do good so that we can ask others also to do good and keep away from evil. Are we sincere in our relationships? Do we give good examples? (Pause)

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

Grant us, O Lord, we pray, that the course of our world may be directed by your peaceful rule and that your Church may rejoice, untroubled in her devotion. 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.
(In this passage Sirach affirms that speech is the criterion of judging a person. He says that the defect of a man appears in his speech and the test of a man is in his conversation).
A reading from the Book of Sirach

When a sieve is shaken, the refuse remains; so a man’s filth remains in his thoughts. The kiln tests the potter’s vessels; so the test of a man is in his reasoning. The fruit discloses the cultivation of a tree; so the expression of a thought discloses the cultivation of a man’s mind. Do not praise a man before you hear him reason, for this is the test of men.
The Word of the Lord
Psalm (91)
Response: It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your truth in the watches of the night. R/
The just will flourish like the palm tree and grow like a Lebanon cedar. R/
Planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish in the courts of our God, still bearing fruit when they are old, still full of sap, still green, to proclaim that the Lord is just. In him, my rock, there is no wrong. R/
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