Vol: 46, No.50 24TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 15 2019  
Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. (Sir 36:18)
If by a miracle the passengers and crew in the Malaysian airplane from Kuala Lampur to Beijing that disappeared on 8 March 2014 is found millions of people all over the world will rejoice. The liturgy of the Word of today deals with the lost and found. In fact, the thrust of the three parables is not about finding a lost sheep or a lost coin or even a lost son. These parables are about each one of us and our relationship with God. God is our loving Father who is concerned about the welfare of all his children. But we do not want to remain in the loving embrace of God our loving Father and surprisingly our loving Father respects that too. Why do we allow ourselves to be lost? With whom in the parable of the Prodigal Son can we identify ourselves? Is it the father or the younger son or the older son? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God in the highest...
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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.
(Though God’s anger blazed against the Israelites for so quickly deserting him by making the molten calf, the pleadings of Moses for kindness are accepted by God).
A reading from the Book of Exodus
(32:7-11, 13-14)

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down; for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ ” And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people; now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; but of you I will make a great nation.”
But Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does thy wrath burn hot against thy people, whom thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt, with great power and with a mighty hand? Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou didst swear by thine own self, and didst say to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever’.” And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people.
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