Vol: 44, No.38 14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) July 09 2017  
I will give you glory, O God my King. I will bless your name for ever. I will bless you day after day and praise your name for ever. R/
The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. R/
All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and your friends shall repeat their blessing. They shall speak of the glory of your reign and declare your might, O God. R/
The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deed. The Lord supports all who fall and raises all who are bowed down. R/
(Paul writes that Christians who belong to Christ are those empowered to live for God through the vitalizing influence of the Holy Spirit).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:9, 11-13)
You are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if the Spirit of God really dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you.
So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according the flesh – for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have revealed these things to children. Alleluia! (Mt 11:25)
(In this jubilant cry Jesus calls himself the divine Son to whom the Father has given all things).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew (11:25-30)
Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/...
Cel: Prophet Zechariah had an awesome insight into the role and the mission of the future Messiah of Israel. He pictures him as someone who will be humble, yet victorious and triumphant over the oppressive forces that permeated the Israelite society. Jesus invites his listeners to learn from him for he is gentle and trustworthy. Trusting in the Lord that he will listen to us patiently, let us make our petitions, saying,
Response: Lord, accept graciously our petitions.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the priests and the religious that they may govern the Church firmly and yet gently, we pray… R/
2. For the political and civil leaders of our country, that through the welfare and poverty alleviation schemes of the government the poor sections of society may find job opportunities for a decent living, we pray… R/
3. For the members of the religious congregations who are involved in social work that their efforts in
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