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Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

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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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THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT EVER GIVEN TO US

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Ecclus. 35:1-12 & Mk. 10:28-31

An exhortation to us to be generous to God when we offer our gifts is the message of today's first reading. We should be cheerful, not stinting in the first fruits we bring, and we are assured that God will reward us seven times over. This is because giving presents is a beautiful expression of love: the more we love a person, the more valuable we wish our gift to be. And yet a precious gift may be meaningless if it is offered as a mere gesture and not as a sign of true love and dedication.

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THE CONTRAST BETWEEN TOBIT AND THE PHARISEES

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Tobit 1:3,2:1-8 & Mk. 12:1-12

Today we begin reading from the Book of Tobit, the story of a devout lsraelite family forced to live in exile in the pagan city of Nineveh. The purpose of the Book was to encourage the people of God who had been taken from their homeland to remain faithful. Tobit kept to the customs of his religion and, although the Pharisees would make the same claim for themselves, what a difference there was between the two!

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JESUS FACES HIS OPPONENTS FIRMLY

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Ecclus. 51:12-20 & Mk 11:27-33

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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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