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Year B, Cycle II

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TRY YOUR BEST - WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Eph. 6:1-9 & Lk. 13:22-30

“Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord.” This is the command from Saint Paul in the First Reading today. I can only speak from experience but God gave me parents I loved and it was a delight, usually, to do what they asked of me - I knew that they loved me and I always wanted to please them.

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WE NEED PATIENT ENDURANCE

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Eph. 5:21-33 & Lk. 13:18-21

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DO WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF JESUS TO HELP US?

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Eph. 8:32-5:8 & Lk. 13:10-17

The missionary churches that Saint Paul established and supported consisted of converts from paganism. He wanted them to make a real impact on their environment with lives that showed a real difference from the surrounding culture. So Paul encouraged them to live upright and blameless moral lives.

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PROFESS THE TRUTH WITH LOVE AND ARE WE READY IF THE LORD CALLS?

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Eph. 4:7-16 & Lk. 13:1-9

Saint Paul talks about the different offices in the church in the First Reading today. Each is like a different part of the body, indispensable and contributing to the health of the whole. Each office is there for the building up of the Body of Christ “until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ Himself.”

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THE LOVE OF CHRIST

Liturgical Colour: 

Eph. 3:14-21 & Lk. 12:49-53

What a powerful prayer Saint Paul has for the Ephesians and for us - that they and we may grasp the breadth, the length, the height and the depth of Christ's love.

The breadth of Christ's love is immense because it includes the whole human race. Christ died for all people regardless of where they live or ethnic background, be they just or sinner. He does not want to lose one of them.

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HOW TO WALK EVERY DAY WITH JESUS

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Eph.3:2-12 & Lk. 12:39-48

Saint Paul could never quite understand why God had favoured him to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. He considered himself the least of all believers, and yet God had chosen him to carry out a plan so bold that it caught everybody by surprise. God had always intended to bless all the nations of the Earth through His chosen people, but the Jews had always assumed that meant the nations of the world must first be converted to their religion.

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WILL WE BE READY FOR OUR MASTER’S RETURN?

Liturgical Colour: 

Eph. 2:12-22 & Lk. 12:35-38

Once again Saint Paul tells us what we mean to Christ and what He has done for us. He wants us to consider just who we are and how precious we are in God’s eyes. Through Jesus Christ, the Gentile Christians have become full heirs with the Jewish Christians to all the promises of God in the Old Testament. We ‘are no longer outsiders but “citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household.”

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HOW “RICH TOWARDS GOD” ARE WE?

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Eph. 2:1-10 & Lk. 12:13-21

We have all seen a film in which a lifeless man has been dragged from a swimming pool, given the kiss of life and in a few moments he breathes again. He has been brought back to life! This situation is similar to what Saint Paul is describing to the Ephesians in the First Reading today.

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ARE WE BOLD WITNESSES FOR CHRIST?

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Eph. 1:15-23 & Lk. 12:8-12

Saint Paul heard how the Church at Ephesus was fulfilling the commandment to love God and love their neighbour and how strong was their faith in Jesus. This pleased him. But he reminds them that they have only begun their journey. He prays that Jesus will give them “a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring them to full knowledge of Him. (Eph. 1:17).

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