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Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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A CLEAR CONSCIENCE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH

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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

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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

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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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WE FACE HARD CHOICES – BUT SHOULD NOT LOOK FOR REWARDS

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Wisdom 2:23-3:9 & Lk. 17:7-10

People today say, 'Being faithful to God can be so very hard - is it really worth the effort?' But believers have been struggling with this issue for thousands of years. They included the first readers of the Book of Wisdom, who were Jews living in Egypt in the first century before Christ. The author of the Book of Wisdom encouraged his readers to believe that faithfulness is always rewarded. Even in trials, disasters and death, the “just are in the hand of God” and “will abide with Him in love” (Wisdom 3:1,9).

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WHAT ARE OUR TALENTS AND HOW ARE WE USING THEM?

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Mt. 25:14-30

Jesus gives us another of His famous parables in today's Gospel reading. A rich man called together his servants and divided his wealth among them. He gave one five talents, another two and there was one for the third of them. The man then went on a journey and was away a long while.

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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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