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Year B, Cycle II

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THE ONLY PERSON WE NEED TO FEAR IS OUR FATHER

Liturgical Colour: 

Eph. 1:11-14 & Lk. 12:1-7

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SPEAK UP FOR GOD AND YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED

Liturgical Colour: 

Eph. 1:1-10 & Lk. 11:47-54

If ever we wonder what life is about or why God created us, today's First Reading will enlighten us. Saint Paul lists four great truths that apply to each of us and which we often forget.

He praises God for having blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing. How often do we reflect on the graces of faith, friendship, family, Christian teaching, a parish to attend, the sacraments and the ability to pray? These are often graces that go unnoticed.

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ARE WE MOTIVATED BY LOVE OF THE LORD?

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 5:18-25 & Luke 11:42-46

How do we know that the Holy Spirit is working in us rather than the spirit of the age or the spirit of ourselves? Saint Paul in today's First Reading gives us a near fool-proof guide to determining whether the Spirit is at work in our lives.

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HOW TO INCUR GOD'S ANGER

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 5:1-6 & Lk. 11:37-41

His distress over the state of the Galatians is evident in Saint Paul's impassioned words in the First Reading today. Although he is exasperated with the Galatians, he did not walk away from them. Instead he explained to them the truths of the Gospel all over again, emphasizing the free gift of salvation they had received in Christ. Though the Galatians were straying, Paul was confident that they could still return to the truth.

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MAY WE NOT REJECT YOU

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1 & Lk. 11:29-32

Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians has been called the 'Charter of Christian freedom'. But it might more accurately be called 'Charter of Christian identity' because it emphasizes the Cross of Jesus Christ as our sole source of salvation.

This letter was written in the heat of controversy and we must be careful not to take Paul’s reaction to the claims of the 'Judaizers' as an indictment of Judaism. His high regard for Judaism and its role as a precursor of Christ is shown in chapter nine of his Letter to the Romans.

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WHY MARY WAS TRULY BLESSED

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 3:22-29 & Luke 11:27-28

The feasts, kosher rules and everyday regulations of Jewish life were included in the 'law' which Saint Paul describes as a kind of 'saviour' that kept people close to God.

But as he says in today's First Reading we come close to God and share His life, not though the regulations of Jewish life but through faith in Jesus Christ. The very righteousness of Christ can be ours through our faith and Baptism into Him. Through the sacraments we become part of Christ and of His Mystical Body.

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ARE YOU WITH ME OR AGAINST ME?

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 37-14 & Luke 11:15-26

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GOD IS ALWAYS READY TO ANSWER OUR REQUESTS

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 3:1-5 & Luke 11:5-13

We are so accustomed to our priests and leaders avoiding stepping on people's toes that Saint Paul's withering blast against the Galatians comes as a surprise. He simply tells it like it is: "Are you people in Galatia mad? Has someone put a spell on you?" He speaks like this because he wants them to understand that now they are Christians they must not rely on observance of the Mosaic Law to be saved but on Christ Whose death and resurrection have saved them.

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 2:1-2, 7-14 & Luke 11: 1-4

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THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PRAYER

Liturgical Colour: 

Gal. 1:13-24 & Lk. 10:38-42

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