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Vol: 46, No.46 20TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 18 2019  
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. (Ps 83:10-11)
When Jesus began his public ministry he knew that the task ahead of him was very challenging. The Roman Emperor took care of the civil administration while the Jerusalem Temple authorities controlled the religious life of the people. Both were equally oppressive and the people suffered on account of both. To enter into these systems and bring about a reformation would look an uphill task. Yet Jesus ventured into it and exited victoriously. Of course, there was a price to pay and Jesus’ adversaries extracted it from him in the most gruesome manner by putting Jesus to death on the cross. We are the beneficiaries of the work of redemption that Jesus carried out. Difficulties and trials will be part of our lives too. How do we tackle the difficulties and trials that come on our way? Do we try to go forward with determination and purpose? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/.....
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. 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.
(At the provocation of the courtiers, the king Zedekiah orders Jeremiah to be thrown into a waterless cistern. The timely intervention of Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian eunuch, saves the life of the prophet).
A reading from the Book of Jeremiah (38:4-6, 8-10)
The princes said to the king, “Let this man be put to death, for he is weakening the hands of the soldiers who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm.” King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your hands; for the king can do nothing against you.” So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mire, and Jeremiah sank in the mire.
Ebed-melech went from the king’s house and said to the king, “My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they did to Jeremiah the prophet by casting him into the cistern; and he will die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city.” Then the king commanded Ebed-melech, the Ethiopian, “Take three men with you from here, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.”
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