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Vol: 46, No.17 8TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) March 03 2019  
(Paul says that sin has been the cause of death. Christ has invaded death’s domain and has robbed it of its sting. This is the great victory for which God is to be thanked).
A reading from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (15:54-58)
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! Open our hearts, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!
(Jesus says that good conduct can come only out of a good heart. It is as foolish to expect good fruit to be produced by bad trees as to expect good deeds from a bad person).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (6:39-45)
Jesus told a parable to his disciples: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you
say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/...
Cel: A blind man cannot guide another blind man because being unable to see both will fall into the pit. Neither can a man with a plank in his eye remove the speck in another man’s eye because the man with the plank in his eye cannot see anything clearly. Let us pray that we may not be blind to the realities around us, we pray, saying,
Response: Lord, remove our spiritual blindness.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that as men and women chosen by God they may strive to remove all spiritual blindness and hypocritical mindset from the people of God, we pray … R/
2. For all women as they celebrate the International Women’s Day, that the services they render in their own homes, workplaces, and in the Church may be appreciated, we pray … R/
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