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Vol: 46, No.49 23RD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 08 2019  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love. (Ps 118:137, 12)
PENITENTIAL RITE
Christian discipleship means the orientation of one’s own daily living to the way of Jesus. Joining Jesus meant to wander around with him and to bring the kingdom of God closer to other people in word and deed. When Jesus sent out disciples on a preaching and healing mission he asked them to take nothing for their journey, no bag, no staff, and no money. Whatever they needed to accomplish their mission they would receive from him such as authority to cure diseases. In this context the conditions Jesus puts for discipleship become intelligible. Total commitment is needed to accomplish all these, such as separation from family ties and willingness to make sacrifices. Jesus knows that discipleship is difficult and so he allows prospective candidates to weigh their options whether they have the power and willingness to be a disciple. We have decided to follow Jesus. Are we also willing to fulfil the conditions of Jesus for a disciple? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God in the highest...
COLLECT
O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance.
 
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.
FIRST READING
(The author affirms that we cannot learn the counsel of God or discern his will because our understanding is limited. But there is no need to despair because God gives us wisdom and the Holy Spirit).
A reading from the Book of Wisdom
(9:13-18)

“What man can learn the counsel of God? Or who can discern what the Lord wills? For the reasoning of mortals is worthless, and our designs are likely to fail, for a perishable body weighs down the soul, and this earthly tent burdens the thoughtful mind. We can hardly guess at what is on earth, and what is at hand we find with labour; but who has traced out what is in the heavens? Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom and sent thy Holy Spirit from on high? And thus the paths of those on earth were set right, and men were taught what pleases thee, and were saved by wisdom.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (90)
Response: O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.
You turn men back into dust and say: “Go back, sons of men.” To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, no more than a watch in the night. R/
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