Vol: 46, No.51 25TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 22 2019  
I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.
The parable of the dishonest steward teaches us that in order for the steward to continue to enjoy the confidence of the master, the steward should be absolutely honest in managing the affairs. The master has put his trust in the steward and allows him freedom to handle the affairs of the master involving great amounts of money. Dishonest behaviour is what put the steward into difficulty. What Jesus praises in the behaviour of the steward is his astute sense of thinking to come out of a difficult situation. By reducing the amount to be paid to the master the steward did a favour to himself for he thought that the favoured ones would return the favour received. This is the point that Jesus wants to instil in his disciples. He wants to teach them they should be shrewd to overcome their difficulties. Are we prudent in our dealings? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. 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 prophet condemns those who scrupulously observe the holy days while practising injustice against their neighbour).
A reading from the Book of Amos  (8:4-7)
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy, and bring the poor of the land to an end, saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great, and deal deceitfully with false balances, that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and sell the refuse of the wheat?” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (113)
Response: Praise the Lord, who raises the poor.
Alleluia! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! May the name of the Lord be blessed both now and for evermore! R/
High above all nations is the Lord, above the heavens his glory. Who is like the Lord, our God, who has risen on high to his throne yet stoops from the heights to look down, to look down upon heaven and earth? R/
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