The FREE Online Version of The Sunday Liturgy is discontinued from 01 December 2019. Subscribe to The Sunday Liturgy Digital Edition to read it online.
Vol: 46, No.56 30TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) October 27 2019  
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. (Ps 104:3-4)
Of the two people who went to pray in the Temple, one returned home having gained a right standing before God. The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector demonstrates contrasting attitudes towards God and neighbour. They represent two mentalities. One is boastful while the other is humble. What the Pharisee said about himself may be all true, he fasted and he paid tithes. The tax collector did not say anything much: he beat his breast and asked God to be merciful to him. It is not something that we offer to God that counts but it is our attitude towards our fellow human beings that matters. We should not belittle or highlight the defects of another person. The tax collector did not do it and so his prayer was accepted by God. To which category do we belong? It is up to us to change ourselves and become acceptable before God. (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...
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. 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.
(In this passage Sirach focuses on the justice of God. As a just judge God will not show any partiality. God hears the cry of the poor, the orphan and the widow).
A reading from the Book of Sirach (35:12-14, 16-18a)
The Lord is the judge and with him is no partiality. He will not show partiality in the case of a poor man; and he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. He will not ignore the supplication of the fatherless, nor the widow when she pours out her story. He whose service is pleasing to the Lord will be accepted, and his prayer will reach to the clouds. The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds, and he will not be consoled until it reaches the Lord; he will not desist until the Most High visits him, and does justice for the righteous, and executes judgement. And the Lord will not delay.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (34)
Response: This poor man called; the Lord heard him..
I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my
Forthcoming Issues
1 234
Cycle C
Copyright © 2019 St Pauls India.