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Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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THE GOD WHO FREED HIS PEOPLE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS

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3 Jn. 5-8 & Lk. 18:1-8

Saint John is writing to a man named Gaius in today's First Reading, praising him for welcoming strangers who are spreading love for Jesus among pagans. He encourages Gaius to look after them on their travels as they do not expect remuneration from pagans. Such generosity would have the approval of God.

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BUILD YOUR LIVES ON LOVE AND TRUTH

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2 Jn. 4-9 & Lk.17:26-37

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OUR DEBTS OF LOVE

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Philemon 7-20 & Lk. 17:20-25

During his imprisonment in Rome, Saint Paul wrote a short letter to a follower and friend named Philemon. He was a prosperous Gentile who converted to Christianity through Paul's preaching. As fate would have it, during Paul’s stay in Rome, he met and converted a runaway slave who had once belonged to Philemon. This ex-slave had become almost indispensable to Paul during his time of house arrest, serving Paul both as a housekeeper and as a friend.

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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

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Titus 3:1-7 & Lk. 17:11-19

We have a duty to be obedient to officials and representatives of the government. This is what Saint Paul told Titus in his letter. We owe respect to their office. When such authority is undermined and ridiculed it makes their position to rule impossible. If their rulings have to be challenged they should be challenged respectfully. We are to be loving, courteous and polite at all times, not slandering or picking quarrels with others.

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HOW TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFE

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Titus 2:1-8 & Lk. 17:7-10

Specific instructions about applying the principles of Christian living to older men and women, to husbands and wives who were rearing a family, and to young people were given by Saint Pail to Titus. One characteristic is self-control.

Older men should be dignified, moderate, sound in faith and love and temperate. Older women should be religious and gentle, not gossips nor habitual wine drinkers, who teach younger ones to be self-controlled. Younger women were to love their husbands, and be sensible, chaste and good mothers.

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WHAT ARE OUR REAL VALUES?

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Titus 1:1-9 & Lk. 17:1-6

Titus had been a co-worker and companion on one of Saint Paul's missionary journeys. Paul left him on the island of Crete so that he could appoint worthy leaders and organize the church there so that he could be free to continue his important work of evangelising further afield.

In today’s passage the virtuous qualities of bishops are mentioned. These are the expected requirements of anyone in a leadership position.

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HOW JESUS VIEWED LIFE

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Lk. 20:27-38

Who were the Sadducees? They were the aristocrats, the ruling class in Jerusalem. Their chief concern was not religion but business and politics. They had a religion of sorts, but it was mostly a matter of expedience. They were in charge of the temple and used it to make themselves wealthy.

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THE GOD WHO FREED HIS PEOPLE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS

Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 & Lk. 18:1-8

Today's reading from the book of Wisdom was very precious to the Israelites for it recalled God’s care for His people when He delivered them from Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The angel of death came from Heaven to slay the first-born of the Egyptians as punishment for their continual enslavement of the Israelites and their refusal to release them after Moses had confronted Pharaoh. The rabbi who authorised Wisdom described this angel of God’s “all powerful Word” (Wis. 18:15).

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WE SHOULD PROCLAIM THE GLORY OF GOD - AND THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT

Wisdom 13:1-9 & Luke 17:26-37

The author of the Book of Wisdom talks about the stupidity of those who have not known God and, from the things He has created, have not been able to discover Him. Sadly, they worship the stars and the moon, and fail to worship the One Who created them. He feels compassion, not condemnation for them. “Look deeper. You think these are great. They are nothing compared with their Maker. Know how much better the Lord of these excels them.” (Wis. 13:3-4).

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IS OUR GIFT OF WISDOM LYING DORMANT?

Wisdom 7:22-8:1 & Lk. 17:20-25

Today’s first reading is the very heart of the Book of Wisdom: the list of qualities that characterise godly wisdom is impressive. Some of them even seem to describe God Himself. This shows that inspired wisdom, while a gift from God, shares in the very nature of God and does not exist apart from God as bits of knowledge which the human mind can deduce. It cannot be attained through intellectual reasoning but is imparted only by the Holy Spirit.

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