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Vol: 46, No.48 22ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 01 2019  
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you. (Ps 85:3, 5)
Today’s Gospel presents Jesus going to the house of a ruler who was a Pharisee. This man had also invited his friends from influential families to his home. It is a human tendency to seek attention, to be noticed and respected by others. Jesus used the opportunity to teach his disciples about the behaviour of guests at a marriage feast or social gatherings. What he said is something that the disciples of Jesus should always cultivate. He essentially said that self-promotion may actually end in shame. If someone takes the first place at a social gathering he may be asked to give the place to someone more prominent. The lesson is to be humble so that you may be exalted. Jesus is no ordinary teacher, he is also the divine Master. And so he says that the reward and honour for a work well done comes from God. Jesus who is God’s Son is truly a humble person. His attitude towards the poor and the suffering is a clear proof of his humility. Are we truly humble like Jesus our Master? (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...
God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. 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.
(Sirach says that the humble will surely find favour in the sight of God. God is glorified by the humble).
A reading from the Book of Sirach
(3:17-20, 28-29)

My son, perform your tasks in meekness; then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favour in the sight of the Lord. For great is the might of the Lord; he is glorified by the humble. The affliction of the proud has no healing, for a plant of wickedness has taken root in him. The mind of the intelligent man will ponder a parable, and an attentive ear is the wise man’s desire.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (68)
Response: In your goodness, O God, you prepare a home for the poor.
The just shall rejoice at the presence of
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