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Catholic Mass Reading: Sunday, 31st July 2022

Catholic Mass Reading: Sunday, 31st July 2022

READINGS IN ORDINARY TIME WEEK 18 SUNDAY YEAR C

31-JUL-2022 Readings

All stand. The Priest (May) approaches the Altar with the ministers and venerates it while the entrance Antiphon is Sung:

1ST READING: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. Sometimes a man who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by a man who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. What has a man from all the toil and strain with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of pain, and his work is a vexation; even in the night his mind does not rest. This also is vanity.

The Word of The Lord!.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 90

R. O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation.

You turn man back to dust, and say: “Return, O children of men.” To your eyes a thousand years are like yesterday, come and gone, or like a watch in the night

R. O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation.

You sweep men away like a dream, like grass which is fresh in the morning. In the morning it sprouts and is fresh; by evening it withers and fades.

R. O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to Then teach us to number our days, that we may

generation.

gain wisdom of heart. Turn back, O Lord! How

long? Show pity to your servants.

R. O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation.

At dawn, fill us with your merciful love; we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us; give success to the work of our hands. O give success to the work of our hands.

R. O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to

generation.

2ND READING: Colossians 3:1-5.9-11

Brethren: If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the

new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

The Word of The Lord!

All stand to sing the Gospel Acclamation to welcome the gospel, and remain standing to honour/hear the Master Christ(Himself).

ACCLAMATION: Matthew 5:3

R. ALLELUIA.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

R. ALLELUIA.

The Gospel ( All stand! )

GOSPEL Luke 12:13-21

At that time: One of the multitude said to Jesus,

“Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The Gospel of The Lord!.

Reflection

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To the man who asks him to urge his brother to divide the property with him, Jesus’ answer, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” indicates some annoyance on His part. Probably greed lies behind the man’s request. But Jesus has not come to settle legal questions that are put to religious teachers of that time. He rejects the role of judge or arbiter in family disputes about inheritance. That greed, covetousness and love for luxurious living are the man’s concerns is clear from the parable of the rich fool that Jesus tells on this occasion. The rich man in the parable foolishly thinks the crop he harvests will give him happiness and so he wants to store it for himself. It turns out he will not be able to do so, because life is a gift from God, who can take it at any time. The man would have been wise if he had instead decided to share his riches with the less privileged, poor and hungry. His values are opposed to the Kingdom values for which Jesus stands. Christian existence is about accumulating spiritual wealth, not material wealth.

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