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Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

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EVERYTHING HE DOES, HE DOES FOR GOD

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Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17 & Mt. 23:1-12

Ruth and her touching declaration to Naomi that resulted, in time, in her becoming the great grandmother of King David, from whose family line was born in Bethlehem our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For this reason her name has been indelibly etched in the pages of salvation history.

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FRIENDSHIP AND LOVING GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS

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Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22 & Mt. 22:34-40

Why is the small book of Ruth included in the Bible? The simple answer has to be that it is because she was the great-grand mother of King David and, therefore, was one of Jesus' ancestors.

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BE SURE YOU ARE NOT REJECTED FROM THE WEDDING FEAST

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Judges 11:29-39 & Mt. 22:1-14

Today’s first reading is one of the most shocking in all the Bible.
Jephthah, chosen by God to rescue the lsraelites from the attacks of the Ammonites, made a vow, the result of which was far beyond his expectation. Even though he was horrified at the thought he must sacrifice his own daughter, an only child, he went through with what he believed to be God's will for him.

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WHAT WILL WE 'DESERVE' FROM GOD?

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Judges 9:6-15 & Mt. 20:1-16

Today's first reading is very mysterious. What are we to make of Jotham’s parable of the thorn bush? Abimelech and Jotham were sons of Gideon, who was one of God’s great warriors. Abimelech wanted to be king of Israel at a time when God made it clear that the Lord alone was to be ruler. As part of his scheme to seize authority, he killed 70 who could have been contenders for the throne. Jotham, the only surviving brother, came out of hiding to deliver his parable of reproof.

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WE MUST NOT RELY UPON OURSELVES

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Judges 6:11-24 & Mt. 19:23-30

A second-generation Israelite in the Promised Land had not grown up under Moses or Joshua, nor witnessed God’s power in parting the Red Sea or giving the people manna in the desert. These works of the Lord were known to Gideon, but they were in the past. To him it seemed that God had abandoned His people who lived under the oppression of the Midianites, having their produce stolen at every harvest. (Judges 6:3-4).

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KEEPING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS IS NOT ENOUGH

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Judges 2:11-19 & Matthew 19:16-22

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WHAT A WOMAN! AND WHAT AN EXAMPLE TO US!

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Mt. 15:21-28

Jesus had gone to the district of Trye and Sidon because He was tired and wanted, for a little while, to escape the pressing demands of His ministry. Saint Mark’s account of this event says, “He retired to a certain house and wanted no one to recognise Him.” The plain truth is that Jesus was trying to hide.

We have all felt this way at some time - when we just don’t want to answer the door! We are tired of neighbours or of salesmen, tired of people making demands on us. We just want peace and quiet. Jesus too had need of this respite.

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GOD WOULD RESTORE ISRAEL TO THEIR HOMELAND AND TEMPLE

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Ez. 43:l-7 & Mt. 23:1-1 2

The Jews were living in exile. They felt that they were a people very near extinction. But Ezekiel promised that God would restore them to their homeland and their temple. He used the image of flowing water as the sign of God's gift of life. They were to look to God and His gift as the source of their continued existence.

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DO WE THINK OF GOD AS A FRIEND?

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Ez. 37:1-14 & MT. 22:34-40

The remarkable vision of the dry bones recorded by Ezekiel took place in Babylon where the conquered Israelites were in exile. The people felt that their nation was as good as dead, like the bones of corpses fallen in battle and allowed to rot and dry in the sun. They thought that their situation was hopeless. Is there anything more dead than dry bones?

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BE SURE YOU ARE NOT REJECTED FROM THE WEDDING FEAST

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Ez. 36:23-38 & Mt. 22:1-14

The people of Israel went into exile because they defiled the Promised Land by their sinful deed - they broke the covenant with Yahweh and worshipped idols. God decided to take the initiative, promising to restore His name among the nations by making His people holy, bringing them back to the Promised Land and giving them a new heart and a new spirit.

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