Vol: 46, No.41 16TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) July 21 2019  
See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. (Ps 53:6, 8)
From time to time we receive guests into our homes and we would like to treat them well. Guests are invited for celebrations like birthdays, first communion, and wedding and other festivities. When invited to a party or celebration guests are treated well which includes a sumptuous meal. Care is also taken that the guests are not left alone, that somebody attends to them and keep them engaged in some activity or other. Today’s Liturgy of the Word places before us the theme of hospitality. Abraham received guests and he treated them to a good meal, well prepared. The guests felt happy and promised the gift of a son to Abraham and Sarah. Jesus was received into the home of Martha and Mary. Martha thought that the best way to treat Jesus was to serve him an elaborate meal. But Mary chose to be with him and listen to him. Jesus appreciates Mary’s disposition and in spite of repeated request from Martha he does not send her to do household work. Is Jesus a welcome guest into our lives and into our homes? Do we listen to him? (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 in the highest...
Show favour, O Lord, to your servants and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace, that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. 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.
(Abraham plays a perfect host to his divine guests and prepares a delicious meal consisting of curds, bread and meat. In return he receives the promise of a son).
A reading from the Book of Genesis (18:1-10)
The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the earth, and said, “My lord, if I have found favour in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I fetch a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on – since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said “Make ready quickly
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