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Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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THE GOD WHO FREED HIS PEOPLE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS

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Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 & Lk. 18:1-8

Today's reading from the book of Wisdom was very precious to the Israelites for it recalled God’s care for His people when He delivered them from Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The angel of death came from Heaven to slay the first-born of the Egyptians as punishment for their continual enslavement of the Israelites and their refusal to release them after Moses had confronted Pharaoh. The rabbi who authorised Wisdom described this angel of God’s “all powerful Word” (Wis. 18:15).

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WE SHOULD PROCLAIM THE GLORY OF GOD - AND THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT

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Wisdom 13:1-9 & Luke 17:26-37

The author of the Book of Wisdom talks about the stupidity of those who have not known God and, from the things He has created, have not been able to discover Him. Sadly, they worship the stars and the moon, and fail to worship the One Who created them. He feels compassion, not condemnation for them. “Look deeper. You think these are great. They are nothing compared with their Maker. Know how much better the Lord of these excels them.” (Wis. 13:3-4).

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IS OUR GIFT OF WISDOM LYING DORMANT?

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Wisdom 7:22-8:1 & Lk. 17:20-25

Today’s first reading is the very heart of the Book of Wisdom: the list of qualities that characterise godly wisdom is impressive. Some of them even seem to describe God Himself. This shows that inspired wisdom, while a gift from God, shares in the very nature of God and does not exist apart from God as bits of knowledge which the human mind can deduce. It cannot be attained through intellectual reasoning but is imparted only by the Holy Spirit.

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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

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Wisdom 6:1-11 & Lk. 17:11-19

All authority comes from God. All men and women who wield it will one day stand before His throne and account for how they used the authority He gave them. Parents and priests, bosses and even babysitters will have to answer on how they behaved. The more important their role, the tougher will be the questions they have to face. Popes, bishops, kings and presidents will have to face “a strict scrutiny before the Judge of all.” (Wis. 6:8).

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WE FACE HARD CHOICES – BUT SHOULD NOT LOOK FOR REWARDS

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Wisdom 2:23-3:9 & Lk. 17:7-10

People today say, 'Being faithful to God can be so very hard - is it really worth the effort?' But believers have been struggling with this issue for thousands of years. They included the first readers of the Book of Wisdom, who were Jews living in Egypt in the first century before Christ. The author of the Book of Wisdom encouraged his readers to believe that faithfulness is always rewarded. Even in trials, disasters and death, the “just are in the hand of God” and “will abide with Him in love” (Wisdom 3:1,9).

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WHAT ARE OUR REAL VALUES?

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Wisdom 1:1-7 & LK. 17:1-6

The Book of Wisdom, which we begin reading today, was written 100 years before Christ in Alexandria, in Egypt, where there was a large Jewish population. Its purpose was to encourage a people who had experienced suffering and opposition, as well as to offset certain philosophies which were at odds with the Jewish faith.

As it opens the author is concerned that the people remember the basic truth that God must come first in their lives. Any approach to life which ignores God or puts Him in the background is not wise nor sound.

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ONLY GOOD WORKS WILL GET US TO HEAVEN

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Mt. 25:1-13

Jesus wants everyone to get to Heaven. So He told a parable of what we must do if we want to be there ourselves. It was about ten bridesmaids who were invited to a wedding which was held at night. It was their task to accompany the bridegroom to the house of the bride and take her to the wedding.

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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

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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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