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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

24th Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A

My Personal Notes:

These Readings were very good for subjects on Anger Management & Forgiveness so I thought I'd better have them readily available for me to read.

Here is my favorite quote from it.

Sirach 27:30 ~ Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. 
This is found in the 1st Reading, the very first line.

Sunday, 2011 Sep 11
24th Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A

Entrance Antiphon:
Give peace lord, to those who wait for you and your prophets will proclaim you as you deserve. Hear the prayers of your servant and of your people Israel.

1st Reading (Sirach 27:30-28:7) ~ Note that Ecclesiasticus = Sirach
Sirach 27:30 ~ Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. 
Sirach 28:1-7 ~ The vengeful will suffer the LORD's vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail. Forgive your neighbor's injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins? If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins? Remember your last days, set enmity aside; remember death and decay, and cease from sin! Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor; remember the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults.

Responsorial Psalm:
Ps 102/103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

The Lord is compassion and love, 
slow to anger and rich in mercy.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord,
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings. 

It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion

His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever.
He does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.

For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.

2nd Reading (2 Rom 14:7-9)
Brothers and sisters: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Gospel Accalmations:

Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life
(Sam3:9, Jn 6:68)


Alleluia, alleluia!
I give you a new commandment:
love one another, just as I have loved you, 
says the lord.
(Jn 13:34)

The Gospel (Mt 18:21-35)
Mt 18:21-35 ~ Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.' Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, 'Pay back what you owe.' Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?' Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart."


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