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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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A LESSON IN GIVING

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Mk. 12:38-44

It seems that Jesus made a point of sitting where He could watch the people put money into the treasury, in the Gospel today. He noticed a widow who dropped two small coins into the collection box; He also saw many givers who came with some large gifts. But what did He say to His disciples? “This poor widow contributed more than all the others.They gave from their surplus wealth, but she gave all that she had.”

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HOW TO AVOID MONEY BEING THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

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Phil. 4:10-19 & Lk. 16:9-15

The Philippians have generously given Paul a gift for his work. Paul wishes to show that he appreciates their generosity, but at the same time that he is not dependent on such things for contentment. He tells them that he is able to be content in any circumstances, good or bad, because of his relationship with Christ who strengthens him.

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ARE WE DOING OUR ALL WE CAN TO GET TO HEAVEN?

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Phil. 3:17-4:1 & Lk. 16:1-8

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DO WE REALISE HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES US?

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Phil. 3:3-8 & Lk. 15:1-10

Before Paul of Tarsus met Jesus on the road to Damascus he tried to lead the life of a perfect Pharisee. He prided himself on this. He obeyed the law to the letter. But after he met Christ he would describe that life as emptiness. He could write, “I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” Knowledge of Christ and oneness with Him was all that mattered. Everything else he described as disadvantages.

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THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

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Phil. 2:12-18 & Lk. 14:25-33

Work for salvation “in fear and trembling” is what Saint Paul advises the Philippians in the First Reading today. But can you imagine our loving Father wanting us to go around all the time shaking in fear? Most certainly not! This was Paul’s way of emphasizing, “Have at the front of your mind at all times the salvation of your soul. Let nothing come between you and God.”

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WE ARE ALL INVITED TO THE BANQUET OF HEAVEN

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Phil. 2:5-11 & Lk. 14:12-14

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