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ARE WE IN TRAINING TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS?

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1 Cor. 9:16-19, 22-27 & Lk. 6:39-42

Saint Paul’s conversion to Christianity was, as we know, sudden and dramatic. From that moment he found the Gospel so exciting that he felt impelled to spend the rest of his life sharing it with others. It was so important to him that he gave his preaching freely, supporting himself by working as a tentmaker.

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LOVE SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS

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1 Cor. 8:1-7, 11-13 & Lk. 6:27-38

The first century Church at Corinth was struggling to establish itself in a predominantly pagan environment. Animals were sacrificed to pagan gods, and afterwards the meat was consumed at temple banquets or sold in the markets. Sometimes this was the only meal available to the Christians. The question arose as to whether Christians could eat this meat.

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ARE WE LIVING FOR THE FUTURE?

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1 Cor. 7:25-31& Lk. 6:20-26

The portion of Saint Paul's letter to the Christians at Corinth which is in today's liturgy makes very strange reading. From this some people have gained the impression that he had little time for marriage. But this is not true.

He was so wrapped up in the Lord that he had reached that stage of his life when all that mattered was union with the Lord. Human relationships are important in this life, of course, and Paul would not deny this. But there comes a time when such things pale into insignificance - and all that matters is the Lord.

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LIKE THE APOSTLES WE NEED TO BE CLOSE TO JESUS

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1 Cor. 6:1-11 & Lk. 5:12-19

A difficulty among his Corinthian converts is dealt with by Saint Paul in today's First Reading. He is not at all happy to witness Christians having recourse to the civil authorities. Such matters should be settled by those within the faith. Surely there are wise and good people among them who could help settle issues and reconcile Christians?

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WE MUST HATE THE SIN - BUT LOVE THE SINNER

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1 Cor. 5:1-8 & Lk. 6:6-11
Immoral behaviour was condemned by Saint Paul in very harsh language. He had learnt that a member of the Church was openly living with his stepmother, an incestuous relationship forbidden even in pagan society. Paul was angry because of the harm that this wrongdoing would cause - to the sinner himself, the Church and the wider community.

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THANK GOD FOR ALL OUR SENSES

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Mk. 7:31-37

Do we ever thank God for our five senses? Each can give us much enjoyment and pleasure – and He gave the five of them to us.

We have the sense of sight. How many hours of enjoyment does reading good books bring us, or viewing our favourite television programmes, gazing at a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the beauty of a young child’s happy smile … to mention only a few? How awful it must be to have little or no sight!

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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1 Cor. 4:6-15 & Lk 6:1-5

It was natural for Saint Paul to take an interest in the Church at Corinth for the Christians there were his converts. He had spent some time with them, teaching them all that he himself had learnt from Christ.

But he was saddened to hear the alarming news that they had started to feel very superior and self-satisfied, regarding themselves as privileged people who deserved respect. And so Paul wrote to them a stern letter pointing out a few home truths.

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WORK FOR JESUS: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK OF US

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1 Cor. 4:1-6 & Lk. 5:33-39

Our modern world lays great importance on status and titles but Saint Paul showed himself to be a true follower of Jesus - by his lack of concern for how others viewed him. How he wanted to be known was quite humble by the standards of his day, “Christ’s servant and steward entrusted with the mystery of God.” They were not affirmations of power!

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GOD KNOWS BETTER THAN WE DO

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1 Cor. 3:18-23 & Lk. 5:1-11.

Each of us can sympathise with Peter in today’s Gospel reading. He was a professional fisherman who knew the waters of the lake and the suitable times for fishing. But having done everything right he and his companions had caught nothing.

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OUR ATTACHMENT IS TO JESUS - AND NOT TO HIS MINISTERS

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1 Cor. 3:1-9 & Lk. 4:38-48

The fact that factions had developed among the Christians of Corinth made Saint Paul very unhappy. One reason for the division was their attachment to the human ministers of the Gospel whether to Paul himself or to Apollos. But our attachment must be to Jesus and not to His ministers who are the instruments of Christ - and their authority and effectiveness are due to His Spirit working within them.

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