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Vol: 46, No.17 8TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) March 03 2019  

3. For the Religious Sisters who cater to the blind, the deaf and the dumb that the noble work they do may benefit especially children affected by these conditions, we pray … R/
4. For parents who have differently abled children that the sacrifices that such parents make in bringing up children with special needs may find favour in the sight of God who rewards every good work, we pray … R/
5. That all spiritual blindness and hypocrisy may be removed from human minds and that every person may become like a sound tree producing good and healthy fruits through the mercy of God, we pray … R/

(Pause to pray for personal and community needs)
Cel: God, our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus whose healing ministry included giving sight to the blind, making the dumb speak and the deaf hear. Jesus also spoke against spiritual blindness and noticeable hypocrisy in people. Give us the grace that we becoming good may produce good fruits. We make this prayer …
O God, who provide gifts to be offered to your name and count our oblations as signs of our desire to serve you with devotion, we ask of
your mercy that what you grant as the source of merit may also help us to attain merit’s reward. 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…
I will sing to the Lord who has been bountiful with me, sing psalms to the name of the Lord Most High. (Ps 12:6)
Nourished by your saving gifts, we beseech your mercy, Lord, that by this same Sacrament with which you feed us in the present age, you may make us partakers of life eternal. Through Christ our Lord.
Speech is the principal criterion for evaluating a person. One uses different images to prove one’s point. First, when we put powdered grain in the strainer and shake it the powder will fall while the husk and other things will remain in the strainer. In the same way we must filter our words before we speak them so that our words convey a good message. Second, a kiln is a furnace or oven used for burning, baking or drying. A potter forms a vessel out of clay and bakes it in a kiln so that it becomes strong. In the
same way we must base our words and thoughts on sound reasoning. The third image is of the fruit and the tree. Jesus also uses this image when he says, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit” (Lk 6:43-44). Sirach uses this image to teach that if a man’s mind is sound then his speech will also be sound.
2ND Reading:
15:58 is the conclusion of Paul’s presentation of his thesis on the resurrection. He asks the Corinthians
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