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How do we give thanks and praise to an awesome God who loves us unconditionally? Who lavishes us with His graces and gifts freely and without merit. Who is ever patient and merciful to those who turn back from sin against brethren and Him. Who frees us from the trappings of our very own Sins that keep us is darkness so that we are free to live in His light!

Well we can start to strive to be more and more like Him each day. To extend mercy and love to everyone especially those who offend us. Whether or not we feel they do not merit our forgiveness, we forgive anyway! We give freely of our time, our talents and what we can afford especially to those who cannot repay us. For if we follow after the heart of God we will seek out and tend to poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. The more we offer up in His name the more we shall receive.

And so we will never want for anything, for the Lord is our Shepherd who carries His sheep close to His bosom. Amen

First reading

Romans 11:29-36 ·
God never takes back his gifts

God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.
Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now – and only because of the mercy shown to you – will also enjoy mercy eventually. God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.
How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything?
All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.

Gospel

Luke 14:12-14
Do not invite those who might be able to invite you back

Jesus said to his host, one of the leading Pharisees, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’