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Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

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A LESSON FOR US HOW TO GIVE...

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2 Tim. 4:1-8 & Mk. 12:38-44

Preach the word of God with urgency and steadfastness, Saint Paul reminds Timothy in today's first reading. Not only was he to be a teacher but also a guardian to those people in his charge – an important, and at times unpleasant, task. To be a pastor means leading a 'flock' when sometimes you have to face accusations, false teachings and deviations from Jesus' true message. In those times, as today, many were preoccupied with myths and speculations, interpreting the Gospel to suit their whims.

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HIS WORDS DELIGHT OUR HEARTS

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2 Tim. 3:10-17 & Mk. 12:35-37

"Ever since you were a child you have known the holy scriptures." Could these word of Saint Paul to Timothy be said of you and me? Those of us who belong to the older generation can remember that knowledge of the Bible was restricted to the Gospels and some of the Paul's letters!

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DO WE LIVE OUR MISSION AND MESSAGE OF LOVE?

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2 Tim. 2:8-15 & Mk. 12:28-34

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“WE BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY”

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2 Tim. 1:1-3, 6-12 & Mk. 12:18-27

There is such confidence and conviction in Saint Paul's writings to Timothy - he has no doubts about his credentials and mission. He is convinced that God has appointed him and his mission is to promise life in Christ Jesus. The man who had persecuted the Church with such voracity is forever grateful to God, for His mercies and for keeping his conscience clear.

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THY KINGDOM COME

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2 Pet. 3:11-15, 17-18 & Mk. 12:13-17

Some people are born worriers and worry about things which are beyond their control. They even worry about when and how the end of the world will occur. They imagine it to be a frightening experience, as a result of hearing alarming descriptions such as today's first reading in which Saint Peter speaks of a terrible fire that will dissolve the sky and melt the Earth. If we were to take these words literally it would indeed be a terrifying experience, a complete annihilation of all forms of life.

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ARE WE TESTING THE PATIENCE OF GOD?

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2 Peter 1:2-7 & Mk. 12:1-12

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HOW TO GIVE ALMS

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Tobit 12:1,5-15,20 & Mk.12:38-44

It is clear from today's Gospel reading that Jesus was not impressed by the scribes. He could see right through their pretence to their real motives. All that they did was intended to look right in the eyes of the people who saw them. They even dressed so that they would be noticed. All this brought on them condemnation from Jesus because he could read their hearts. Love for God played no part in their lives; their wealth and manner of living did not help people in need.

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GOOD EXAMPLE HAS SHAPED OUR LIVES

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Ecclus. 44:1, 9-13 & Mk. 11:11-26

By narrating the stories of various Old Testament saints Ben Sira is hoping to move his readers to emulate them in their own lives.

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THE FATHER AND THE SON’S LOVE FOR US

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Ecclus. 42:15-25 & Mk. 10:46-52

Towards the end of his book of Ecclesiasticus Ben Sira summed up all his considerations on God's wisdom with a long poem praising God for revealing Himself to His creation. He began with a reflection on God's presence in nature, and continued with a recollection of God's work in the history of His people. What better way to conclude his book on wisdom than by praising God's glory - a glory visible in the created world.

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EMPTY YOURSELF AS JESUS DOES

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Ecclus. 36:1, 4-5, 10-17 & Mk.10:32-45

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