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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

31 July 2022
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First reading

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21–23
Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Responsorial psalm

Psalm 89(90):3–6, 12–14, 17
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Second reading

Colossians 3:1–5, 9–11
You must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is.

Gospel acclamation

Matthew 5:3
Happy the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Gospel

Luke 12:13–21
Fool! This very night your soul will be demanded of you.

Images from the Word

  • Your judge
  • Good harvest
  • Fool
  • Vanity
  • Life with Christ 

Liturgical notes

For in the readings, as expounded by the Homily, God speaks to his people, opening up to them the mystery of redemption and salvation, and offering them spiritual nourishment; and Christ himself is present in the midst of the faithful through his word.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §55 

Our daily life is filled with a plethora of words and sounds. We are constantly bombarded with conflicting values and invitations. So, when we come to Sunday Mass, we need to be focussed on our beloved God speaking gently to us. Our readers have already prayed with this Word of God. Drawing upon this prayer, they proclaim the consoling and confronting Word of God. We need to be attentive so that our hearts are willing to live what we hear. 

‘Graciously sanctify these gifts, O Lord, we pray, and, accepting the oblation of this spiritual sacrifice, make of us an eternal offering to you.’ 

—prayer over the offerings
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