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Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

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IN OUR WEAKNESS WE CAN ALWAYS RELY ON GOD

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2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt. 6:24-34

False prophets were leading the Corinthians astray. This meant that Saint Paul had to defend himself and try to win them back to the truth. They claimed to have the same authority and power that he had so to justify himself Paul had to reveal his credentials. He writes in the third person to diffuse his bragging but obviously experienced close encounters with God, remembering exactly when this mystical vision happened - 14 years ago - around the year 45 based on the composition of the letter.

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WHAT IS OUR TRUE HEARTS' DESIRE?

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2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt.6:19-23

It appears that others were trying to rival Saint Paul in Corinth and were boasting about their accomplishments. He had to speak up for himself and, but for this, we would never have known about his sufferings and disappointments. He was able to undergo all these hardships because Jesus was his heart’s desire.

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

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2 Cor. 11:1-11 & Mt. 6: 7-15

Paul considers the church at Corinth to be a chaste virgin espoused to Christ yet in danger of being seduced by a false gospel. He also defends himself against the charge of being a financial burden to the Corinthians.

We are given the Our Father in today's Gospel reading, but it is a prayer that can become so familiar to us that there is a danger we fail to meditate on its riches.

The early Christian writer Tertullian called it “the summary of the whole gospel” and Saint Thomas Aquinas “the most perfect of prayers”.

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DONE ONLY TO PLEASE THE LORD

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2 Cor. 9:6-11 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18.

In living our Christianity Jesus does not want us to play to an audience. We should not have the motive of drawing people to ourselves who admire and applaud the good we do. The Christian life is not an on-stage performance.

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“BE PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT”

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2 Cor. 8: 1-9 & Mt 5: 43-48

The Christians in Jerusalem needed help. Paul praised the generosity of the Macedonians who gave far beyond their means in response to his appeal. He mentioned this to the more wealthy Corinthians hoping to spur them to be just as generous. He reminded them of the example of Jesus, “He was rich, but He became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of His poverty,”

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WHAT JESUS EXPECTS FROM HIS FOLLOWERS

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2 Cor. 6:1-10 & Mt. 5:38-42

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PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD - HE WILL LOOK AFTER YOU

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2 Chronicles 24:17-25 & Mt. 6:24-34

Joash was the legitimate heir to the throne of King David. It was the priest Jehoida who saw to it that he was rightly installed as king. Joash began his reign well, but when the priest died, things started to fall apart. Evil princes persuaded him to allow a return to pagan practices. When Zechariah, the son of the priest Jehoida, admonished him the king ordered his stoning to death. As a result of his evil, God permitted the Aramaeans to invade Judah and bring disaster on the land.

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BASE YOUR LIVES ON HEAVENLY TREASURE THAT LASTS

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2 Kings 11:14, 9-18, 20 & Mt. 6:19-23

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GOD IS OUR FATHER WHOM WE CAN APPROACH WITH CONFIDENCE

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Eccl. 48:1-14 & Mt. 6:7-15

Today's first reading is a poem in honour of Elijah, the prophet. He was truly a great man who spoke to God's people in His name. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, there appeared with Him both Moses who represented the Law and Elijah who represented the prophets.

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GOD COMMUNICATES THROUGH HUMAN BEINGS

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2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18

Elijah was an important figure in the Old Testament. He was regarded as the greatest of God’s prophets. He was a representative of God who spoke and acted in His name. In fact, until the time of Christ, God dealt chiefly with His people through prophets. And so when Elijah died, God saw to it that his place was taken by Elisha.

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