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Vol: 46, No.47 21ST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) August 25 2019  
Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. (Ps 85:1-3)
As long as we live in this world we have the possibility of improving ourselves. If we fail an examination we can study, pass it again, if not happy with the job we can look for another, if not happy with political party in power we can change to another through democratic process. The possibility of spiritual growth is also there as long as we live but not after we die. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus indicates this. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man who is in Hades does not have the possibility to cross over to the heavenly side. That is why Jesus insists so much on watchfulness and readiness. Here he tells us to enter through the narrow door. When the door is shut there is not much hope that it will be opened again. The just and good ones will naturally get through. Let us live our lives in such a way that the door remains open to us. How much thought do we give to our eternal life? (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...
O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. 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.
(The book of Isaiah closes with a grandiose design of God wherein he will gather all nations and peoples under his rule.)
A reading from the Book of Isaiah

The Lord says this, “I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. And they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord. Just as the Israelites bring their cereal offerings in a clean vessel to the house
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