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Vol: 46, No.57 31ST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) November 03 2019  
Forsake me not, O Lord, my God; be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation! (Ps 37:22-23)
Some people on account of the office they hold have the ability to influence the lives of others. Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Kolkata had this ability. People believed that Jesus of Nazareth was an extraordinarily gifted person who did all things well. An official thought that Jesus had the power to raise his dead daughter; a woman thought that by touching the outer garment that Jesus wore, she could be made well. Zacchaeus may have climbed the tree out of curiosity to catch sight of the great teacher passing by, but by the time he came down from the tree at the behest of Jesus, he was a changed man already. It was the charisma and divinity emanating from him that changed the equation of Zacchaeus from a tax collector to a disciple of Jesus. Are we transformed people? What changes does Jesus bring about in our lives? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest...
Almighty and merciful God, by whose gift your faithful offer you right and praiseworthy service, grant, we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised. 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 author says that God is all-powerful and none can oppose him. But he has mercy because he loves his people and gives them a chance to repent).
A reading from the Book of Wisdom (11:22–12:2)
The whole world before thee, Lord, is like a speck that tips the scales, and like a drop of morning dew that falls upon the ground. But thou art merciful to all, for thou canst do all things, and thou dost overlook men’s sins, that they may repent. For thou lovest all things that exist, and hast loathing for none of the things which thou hast made, for thou wouldst not have made anything if thou hast hated it. How would anything have endured if thou hadst not willed it? Or how would anything not called forth by thee have been preserved? Thou sparest all things, for they are thine, O Lord who lovest the living. For thy immortal spirit is in all things. Therefore thou dost correct little by little those who trespass, and dost remind and warn them of the things wherein they sin, that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in thee, O Lord.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (145)
Response: I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.
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