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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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DO WE SEE WITH FAITH?

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1:1-4; 2:1-5 & Lk. 18:35-43

The Book of Revelation was written during a time of intense persecution of the Church. People believed that the end of the world was very near and that only Christ's return to Earth could set things straight.

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IS OUR DESTINATION HEAVEN OR HELL?

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Mk. 13: 24-32

“The sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from Heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

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THE GOD WHO FREED HIS PEOPLE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS

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3 Jn. 5-8 & Lk. 18:1-8

Saint John is writing to a man named Gaius in today's First Reading, praising him for welcoming strangers who are spreading love for Jesus among pagans. He encourages Gaius to look after them on their travels as they do not expect remuneration from pagans. Such generosity would have the approval of God.

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BUILD YOUR LIVES ON LOVE AND TRUTH

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2 Jn. 4-9 & Lk.17:26-37

There are two key words in today's First Reading - love and truth. The word ‘love’ sums up the life of Saint John; he earned ‘the beloved disciple’ title. Once again he tells us, “Let us love one another,” and “to live a life of love” according to the commandments. His message is simple, yet so profound. Our source of love comes from God. No love is more desirable than His. If only we could appreciate fully how much He loves us, our whole outlook on life would be transformed. All we would want to do is to return that love and to love one another.

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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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