Vol: 46, No.52 26TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 29 2019  
All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. (Dan 3:31, 29, 30, 43, 42)
The reversal of things which is a unique theme of Luke began with the Magnificat of Mary. “He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.” In the beatitudes also we see a reversal, blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Also in the social level Jesus wanted to reverse things, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. In today’s gospel the reversal of fortunes happens in the next life. Rich man ate sumptuously but Lazarus suffered. After death Lazarus is comforted while the rich man is in torment. What are our standards in life? What changes are we bringing in view of the kingdom of God? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God in the highest...
O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and
showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Hoy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(Prophet Amos confronts the wealthy for their selfish and opulent lifestyle, such as sleeping on beds of ivory and anointing themselves with finest oils but without any compassion for the poor).
A reading from the Book of Amos (6:1, 4-7)
The almighty Lord says this, “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria. Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David invent for themselves instruments of music; who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first of those to go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves shall pass away.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (146)
Response: My soul, give praise to the Lord.
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