Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
The Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.
The Word This Week
Notes for Readers
We talk about the different styles of scripture reading stories, poems, descriptions, speeches. This passage is a piece of elegiac poetry a musing, or reflecting on the nature of God. It is prayerful full of pauses and rhetorical questions. The reader should try to reflect this in the way in which the passage is read. Normally you read to the congregation: today there is a sense in which you read for the congregation allowing this to be a prayer which floats around and from the church. It is your pauses which will carry this more than anything: allow time for ideas to sink in. Dont read slowly sometimes that just makes it difficult to follow. Read reflectively. Try to understand the background to the reading: God is so great and mighty, and yet is so loving and forgiving! Save a special tone of gentleness for the last three lines.
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