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Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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PROFESS THE TRUTH WITH LOVE AND ARE WE READY IF THE LORD CALLS?

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Eph. 4:7-16 & Lk. 13:1-9

Saint Paul talks about the different offices in the church in the First Reading today. Each is like a different part of the body, indispensable and contributing to the health of the whole. Each office is there for the building up of the Body of Christ “until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ Himself.”

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THE LOVE OF CHRIST

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Eph. 3:14-21 & Lk. 12:49-53

What a powerful prayer Saint Paul has for the Ephesians and for us - that they and we may grasp the breadth, the length, the height and the depth of Christ's love.

The breadth of Christ's love is immense because it includes the whole human race. Christ died for all people regardless of where they live or ethnic background, be they just or sinner. He does not want to lose one of them.

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HOW TO WALK EVERY DAY WITH JESUS

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Eph.3:2-12 & Lk. 12:39-48

Saint Paul could never quite understand why God had favoured him to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. He considered himself the least of all believers, and yet God had chosen him to carry out a plan so bold that it caught everybody by surprise. God had always intended to bless all the nations of the Earth through His chosen people, but the Jews had always assumed that meant the nations of the world must first be converted to their religion.

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WILL WE BE READY FOR OUR MASTER’S RETURN?

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Eph. 2:12-22 & Lk. 12:35-38

Once again Saint Paul tells us what we mean to Christ and what He has done for us. He wants us to consider just who we are and how precious we are in God’s eyes. Through Jesus Christ, the Gentile Christians have become full heirs with the Jewish Christians to all the promises of God in the Old Testament. We ‘are no longer outsiders but “citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household.”

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HOW “RICH TOWARDS GOD” ARE WE?

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Eph. 2:1-10 & Lk. 12:13-21

We have all seen a film in which a lifeless man has been dragged from a swimming pool, given the kiss of life and in a few moments he breathes again. He has been brought back to life! This situation is similar to what Saint Paul is describing to the Ephesians in the First Reading today.

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IS PRAYER NECESSARY?

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 18: 1-8

The widow in today’s Gospel teaches us about the power and necessity of prayer. More confusion surrounds prayer than any other religious activity. Some think of it as the way to get God on their side, others pray to inform God of their needs and many see prayer as a means of convincing God of their faith. All these views of prayer have nothing to do with its real purpose!

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ARE WE READY IF THE LORD CALLS?

Rom. 8:1-11 & Lk. 13:1-9

Saint Paul talks about the spiritual and unspiritual in today's first reading. We are definitely meant to be numbered among the spiritual, called to be dead to sin and alive to Christ (Rom.6:11). We are commissioned to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). Jesus calls us the salt of the earth (Mt. 5:13) and the light of the world (5:14). We are to be perfect (Mt. 5:48). We are to love God with every fibre of our being and to love our neighbour, even our enemies as we love ourselves (Lk. 6:27; 10:27)

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ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE US AND THE WONDERS THAT OUR FATHER HAS PREPARED FOR US

Rom. 7:18-25 & Lk. 12:54-59

Listen carefully to the words of St. Paul. “Instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want…In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand.” (Rom. 7:18;21). This is the great St. Paul speaking. He is saying is so many words, “I’m a hopeless case!” But he is convinced there is a solution to his problem when he concludes his words with, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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SLAVES NOT TO SIN BUT TO CHRIST

Rom. 6:19-23 & Luke 12:49-53

We were once slaves to sin. Now, through the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are able to obey God, to present ourselves as slaves to righteousness. But if Christians are freed from sin and enslaved to God, as Saint Paul writes in today's first reading, what kind of freedom is that?

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