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Vol: 45, No.11 3RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME ( B) January 21 2018  
economic collaboration solutions for the eradication of poverty and unemployment may be found, we pray… R./
3. For our motherland which is a gathering of people belonging to different religions, languages and cultures that peaceful co-existence may be strongly advocated, we pray… R./
4. For world leaders that they may maintain justice and fairness in their governance and maintain good relationship with other nations so as to ensure prosperity for all, we pray… R./
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God we may respond to God’s call and offer ourselves for the service to which God is calling us, we pray… R./
(Pause to pray for local and personal needs)
Cel: God our Father, we thank you for giving us Jesus, your Son. As he chose his disciples so now he has chosen us. Give us the grace that we too may show the same urgency and determination in following Jesus our Master. We make this prayer …
Accept our offerings, O Lord, we pray, and in sanctifying them grant that they
may profit us for salvation. Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACE II (Ordinary)
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.
For out of compassion for the wayward-ness that is ours, he humbled himself and was born of the Virgin; by the passion of the Cross he freed us from unending death, and by rising from the dead he gave us life eternal.
And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of Heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts...
Look towards the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.33:6)
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, receiving the grace by which you bring us to new life, we may always glory in your gift. Through Christ our Lord.
The Liturgy of the Word puts emphasis on the theme of repentance. The first reading deals with the mission of Jonah to the Ninevites. Nineveh was one of the most ancient cities of the world, founded by Nimrod (Gen 10:11-12), but destroyed in 612 B.C. Nineveh lay on the banks of the Tigris and the destroyed cite of Nineveh lies in present-day Iraq and more precisely, adjacent to the modern city of Mosul. Mosul came into limelight some time ago for the fight that was going on there between Iraqi forces and IS fighters. It was for many years the capital of the great Assyrian Empire.
Among the great rulers of Assyria may be mentioned Tiglath-Pileser 1 and
Shalmaneser III. The latter inaugurated a system of ruthless conquest and deportation of whole populations, which greatly increased the power of Assyria and the influence of Nineveh. We must remember that Assyrians had destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 8th century B.C., to be more precise, in 722–721 B.C.
Jonah does not want to go to Nineveh because he considers Nineveh as an enemy city and boards a ship headed in the opposite direction, but God sends a great storm that threatens destruction. The pagan sailors pray to their gods while Jonah sleeps. Finally, the sailors cast lots to find out who is responsible for the storm. Jonah is pointed out, and
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