INTROITUS: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Misereris omnium, Domine, et nihil odisti eorum quae fecisti, dissimulans peccata hominum propter paenitentiam, et parcens illis: quia tu es Dominus Deus noster.

“You have mercy on everything, Lord, and you hate nothing of the things that you made. You cover the sins of humans for the sake of repentance, and you spare them, for you are the Lord, our God.” (cf. Wisdom 11:24–27)

Click here to listen to an audio of the chant sung by Br. Jacob Berns, OSB, of St. John’s Abbey.

The introit for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time and the following weekdays is Ne derelinquas me—except on Sundays in the Year C which we currently have.

Like in most such cases, the reason can be found in the Sunday Gospel, which is Luke 19:1-10 on the tax collector Zacchaeus whom Jesus does not condemn; instead, he wants to be hosted by him.

Misereris omnium, which we know as introit from Ash Wednesday, can be regarded as an interpretation of Zacchaeus’ experience which becomes our own experience on this Sunday: God has mercy. God does not hate me, even when I fail. Even more: God cares for those who fail. And even more: God cares for me whenever I fail.

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