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Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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THE LIFE AFTER DEATH THAT COMES FROM LIVING THE TRUTH

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Apoc. 11:4-12 & Lk. 20:27-40

Today's first reading is one of the most obscure passages in the Book of Revelation. The two witnesses have to be Moses, who turned the river Nile into blood, and Elijah, who locked up the sky so that it did not rain. In this passage the witnesses are killed but after several days they come back to life. This means that people can try to destroy the truth but they can never kill it. The truth will always remain.

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BEWARE OF THE RIGHTEOUS ANGER OF JESUS

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Apoc. 110:8-11 & Lk. 19:45-48

The Book of Revelation was written at a time when the Church was undergoing persecution, and so it was written in a veiled style so that it would not be understood by pagans. As a result much of its meaning remains obscure for us today!

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TAKE COURAGE AND STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH!

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Apoc. 5:1-10 & Lk. 19:41-44

Many of the Christians were being discouraged because of persecution when the Book of Revelation was written. During this time the victory of Jesus' resurrection had faded from their mind. Instead His death was uppermost in their thoughts and they wondered if they were to share His fate.

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WHEN TIMIDITY IS A SIN

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Apoc. 4:1-11 & Lk. 19:11-28

A glimpse through the door of Heaven is given in today's First Reading: God is on the throne and the elders, representing the priesthood of the Old and New Testaments, are worshipping Him. The throne is surrounded by a sea of glass, which was a very expensive substance in those days.

The four living creatures represent the best of Creation: the lion stands for nobility, the ox for strength, the man for his intelligence and the eagle for its swiftness. The Church has also looked upon these creatures as the four evangelists.

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OUR STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF PERSECUTION

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Apoc. 3:1-6, 14-22 & Lk. 19:1-10

In the Book of Revelation, Saint John conveys a message of warning to the seven great churches in Asia Minor. Few of them were living up to their high calling and some were failing miserably.

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DO WE SEE WITH FAITH?

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1:1-4; 2:1-5 & Lk. 18:35-43

The Book of Revelation was written during a time of intense persecution of the Church. People believed that the end of the world was very near and that only Christ's return to Earth could set things straight.

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VISIBLE THINGS WILL NOT LAST

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Lk. 21:5-19

For 25 years the twin towers of the World Trade Centre formed part of the skyline of New York City. On 11 September 2003 they disappeared. Both structures were 110 stories high, the workplaces for more than 50,000 people. Then one morning they were attacked and they collapsed.

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A CLEAR CONSCIENCE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH

1 Macc. 6:1-13 & Lk. 20:27-40

Antiochus IV is given much adverse coverage in this Book of Maccabees, for he was a constant menace to the lsraelites. We see him defeated, sick, unable to sleep and facing death in today's reading. This passage proclaims the teaching that you cannot live a life of sin and violence, and be at peace when you come to die. Antiochus had attempted to do just that.

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BEWARE OF THE RIGHTEOUS ANGER OF JESUS

1 Macc. 4:36-37, 52-59 & Lk. 19:45-48

The rededication of the Temple, after Judas Maccabeus recaptured it from the king who had desecrated it, is recounted in today's first reading. The celebrations went on for eight days. This is the historic origin of the Jewish Hanukah, the Feast of Lights, a celebration of reconsecration.

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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

Wisdom 6:1-11 & Lk. 17:11-19

All authority comes from God. All men and women who wield it will one day stand before His throne and account for how they used the authority He gave them. Parents and priests, bosses and even babysitters will have to answer on how they behaved. The more important their role, the tougher will be the questions they have to face. Popes, bishops, kings and presidents will have to face “a strict scrutiny before the Judge of all.” (Wis. 6:8).

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