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Year B, Cycle II

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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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GOD'S GENEROSITY - WHO CAN MATCH IT?

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Phil. 2:1-4 & Lk. 14:12-14

Jesus tells us that the second commandment is, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Saint Paul tells us how we are to achieve this in the First Reading today - we must be united in our convictions and united in our love. And Paul tells us that would make him happy! We must do nothing out of selfishness but rather regard others as more important than ourselves.

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LORD JESUS I LONG TO BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN

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Phil. 1:18-26 & Lk. 14:1, 7-11

“Life to me, of course, is Christ.” Saint Paul could have made these words the motto of his life. Ever since Christ blinded him and he fell from his horse on the road to Damascus, he lived and breathed Christ. He longed to leave this world and be with Christ. But he knew Christ still had work for him.

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A BRIDGE OF LOVE

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Sooner or later, each one of us will experience the death of someone we love - a husband, a wife, a parent, a child, a friend. At first, we feel nothing but numbness and disbelief. Someone who was so much a part of our daily life has suddenly been taken away from us.

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WE ARE CALLED TO BE SAINTS

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Mt. 5:1-12

Today we keep the feast of all our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and live with God in Heaven.

They include the many famous saints who have been canonised by an official decree of the Church. We revere them as role models, people who lived good lives and received from the Lord eternal happiness.

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