Vol: 46, No.44 19TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 11 2019  
Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. (Ps 73:20, 19, 22, 23)
When the government of India demonetized high denomination currency notes, the decision to do so was kept absolutely secret. On 8 November 2016, the prime minister announced that the high denomination notes would be valueless from midnight of that day. We know too well that panic and desperation fell on people who had lot of currency notes to exchange. The liturgy of the Word of today urges us to be watchful for a much greater purpose: our eternal life. We are not masters of our own destiny: we cannot decide how long to live and when to die. As we are not aware when our lives will end, we have to be always prepared. The master in the gospel of today expected the servants to be ready to receive him. Those who did so were rewarded and those who did not do so were punished. Let us live our lives as the servants who waited on the Lord day and night and were rewarded. (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to
enter into the inheritance which you have promised. 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 the author ponders over the past events such as the Passover, the exodus, and the deliverance at the sea. The author affirms that God saves the righteous and destroys the enemies).
A reading from the Book of Wisdom (18:6-9)
That night was made known beforehand to our fathers, so that they might rejoice in sure knowledge of the oaths in which they trusted. The deliverance of the righteous and the destruction of their enemies were expected by thy people. For by the same means by which thou didst punish our enemies thou didst call us to thyself and glorify us. For in secret the holy children of good men offered sacrifices, and with one accord agreed to the divine law, that the saints would share alike the same things, both blessings and dangers; and already they were singing the praises of the fathers.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (33)
Response: Happy are the people the Lord has chosen as his own.
Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just; for praise is fitting for loyal hearts. They are happy, whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his own. R/
The Lord looks on those who revere him,
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