Vol: 46, No.42 17TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) July 28 2019  
God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people. (Ps 67:6-7, 36)
The dilemma that a praying person faces is whether his/her prayer will be heard. This is also a common complaint that we hear from people: “I have been praying for so long and my prayer is not answered, should I continue to pray.” Today’s liturgy of the Word does not permit any such thought to originate in a person’s mind. Abraham’s fault in bargaining with God is that he is championing an impossible cause. When Abraham realizes his mistake that Sodom and Gomorrah cannot be spared because the iniquities perpetuated there are unpardonable, he stops his pleading. Jesus teaches his disciples that they should pray with perseverance. The parable of the persistent friend makes this point absolutely clear. The person to whom the friend is asking for bread is already in bed and the doors are closed. He is in no mood to get up and attend to his call. Yet Jesus says that because of his persistence the neighbour will oblige to meet his needs. God the Father is ever willing to give us what we ask for, in good measure. Do we pray with sincere hearts? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/.....
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has
firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure. 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.
(God will not destroy the righteous for the sins of the wicked, but Abraham cannot find more than one righteous person, Lot his nephew, in the whole of Sodom and Gomorrah).
A reading from the Book of Genesis (18:20-32)
The Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me; and if not, I will know.”
So the men turned from there, and went towards Sodom; but Abraham still stood before the Lord. Then Abraham drew near, and said, “Wilt thou indeed destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt thou then destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the
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