Vol: 46, No.48 22ND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( C) September 01 2019  
God, they shall exult and dance for joy. O sing to the Lord, make music to his name; rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence. R/
Father of the orphan, defender of the widow, such is God in his holy place. God gives the lonely a home to live in; he leads the prisoners forth into freedom. R/
You poured down, O God, a generous rain: when your people were starved you gave them new life. It was there that your people found a home, prepared in your goodness, O God, for the poor. R/


(The author of Hebrews writes that Christians have not come to Mount Sinai but to Mount Sion which is a symbol of the ultimate and glorious city which God will one day bring into being).
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews (12:18-19, 22-24)
You have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the living bread which came down from heaven, says the Lord; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever. Alleluia! (Jn 6:51)
(During the course of a meal to which Jesus is invited, he teaches the fellow invitees the proper conduct at dinners.
Seeking the places of honour is bad manner.)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (14:1, 7-14)
One Sabbath when Jesus went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him.
He told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honour, saying to them, “When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honour, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; and he who invited you both will come, and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher’; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/.....
Cel: ‘A humble people finds favour in the sight of God for his attitude glorifies God who is mighty in power,’ says the great teacher Sirach. Jesus shares the same point of view for he says that he who humbles himself will be exalted. Let us pray that we too may live and work with a sense of humility, saying
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