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Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

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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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THE ONLY PERSON WE NEED TO FEAR IS OUR FATHER

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

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SPEAK UP FOR GOD AND YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED

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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?

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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

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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

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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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ARE WE BOLD WITNESSES FOR CHRIST?

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Rom. 4:13, 16-18 & Lk. 12:9-12

There was no better example of faith that Saint Paul could choose for the Romans than Abraham. He listened when God spoke to him even though he did not always understand all that God asked of him. But what faith he had when asked to uproot his family and go to a strange land. He believed God when He told him in his old age that he, and his wife who was barren, would have a son. And at God’s request he was even willing to sacrifice his only son who was born after a long wait.

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THE ONLY PERSON WE NEED TO FEAR IS OUR FATHER

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Rom. 4:1-8 & Lk. 12:1-7

We refer to Abraham as “our father in faith” in the First Eucharistic Prayer which means that we trace the origin of our faith in the one true God back to him. It also means that Abraham is a model to us of how to live a life of faith.

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SPEAK UP FOR GOD AND YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED

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Rom. 3:21-30 Lk. 11:47-54

Throughout Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans he uses the words law and faith frequently. It is important to understand them as he intended them to be understood. The 'law' refers to the law of Moses which Jews were bound to observe. Paul keeps insisting that it is not by observance of this law that people are made holy, and that is why converts to Christianity did not have to become Jews. It was ‘faith' in Jesus that saved a person but for St. Paul this means much more than an intellectual acceptance of the truth which God has revealed in Christ.

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ARE WE MOTIVATED BY LOVE OF THE LORD?

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Rom. 2:1-11 & Luke 11:42-46

The Jews of Christ’s time, by their very attitude, had distanced themselves from the rest of society. Highly critical of others, especially of the Gentiles, they were quick to condemn what they saw as evil practices. Saint Paul bluntly told the Jews that even though they were the chosen people, they had no right to condemn the pagans. Why? It was because the Jews were, each in their own way, just as guilty of sin as were the non-believers.

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