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DO WE STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH?

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1 Macc. 2:15-29 & Lk. 19:41-44

Mattathias was so on fire with zeal for the worship of the one true God and His law that even while he fought against God's enemies he enjoyed an inner peace. His world was destroyed, he and his family lost all their possessions and had to flee into the hills, but he had the priceless treasure of a clear conscience and the knowledge that he had stood up for what was right.

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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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DO WE SEE WITH FAITH?

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1 Macc. 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 & LK. 18:35-43

The Books of Maccabees deal with a clash of cultures between Jews and Gentiles about 175 years before Christ. They describe how the Jewish people overcame a devastating persecution, and regained the right to worship God and live out their covenant with Him.

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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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THE GOD WHO FREED HIS PEOPLE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS

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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

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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?

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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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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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