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Vol: 45, No.13 5TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME ( B) February 04 2018  
 
that we may contribute our share to the mitigation of suffering in the world through a kind word or a gentle touch. Let us place our petitions before the Lord, saying,
Response: Lord, help us to accept our sufferings.
  1. For the pope, the bishops, the priests and the religious that as leaders of the Church they may comfort the sick and the suffering under their care, we pray… R./
  2. For those who suffer on account of the death of a dear one or the bread winner of the family that they may be consoled in their pain, we pray… R./
  3. For those who are disabled for life on account of accidents or other causes that they may be given sufficient care and support to endure their sufferings, we pray… R./
  4. For the homeless, the refugees and the migrants that in their search for a livelihood they may be helped by the abundant mercy of God, we pray… R./
  5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic assembly that enlightened by the Word of God we may not be overwhelmed by the sufferings in the world but contribute our bit to help the people who suffer, we pray… R./
(Pause to pray for local and personal needs)
Cel: God our Father, with confidence we have placed our petitions before you. We too have no answer to the problem of suffering in the world, especially the
 
suffering of the innocent. Help us to imitate your Son Jesus who went about doing good and healing the sick. We make this prayer
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
O Lord, our God, who once established these created things to sustain us in our frailty, grant, we pray, that they may become for us now the Sacrament of eternal life. Through Christ our Lord.
PREFACE IV (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.
For by his birth he brought renewal to humanity’s fallen state, and by his suffering, cancelled out our sins; by his rising from the dead he has opened the way to eternal life, and by ascending to you, O Father, he has unlocked the gates of heaven.
And so, with the company of Angels and Saints, we sing the hymn of your praise, as without end we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts...
COMMUNION ANTIPHON
Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, his wonders for the children of men, for he satisfies the thirsty soul, and the hungry he fills with good things. (Ps 106:8-9)
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
O God, who have willed that we be partakers in the one Bread and the one Chalice, grant us, we pray, so to live that, made one in Christ, we may joyfully bear fruit for the salvation of the world. Through Christ our Lord.
LITURGY AND LIFE
The Book of Job is the only book in the whole of Old Testament that tries to find an answer to the question of the suffering of the innocent. The old notion that God will bless us only if we are good and that
 
all suffering is punishment from God for not being good enough is still around. The Book of Job was written by an inspired author who saw the error of equating suffering with divine punishment.
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