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Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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HOW DOES OUR HEART RECEIVE GOD'S WORD?

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1 Tim. 6:13-16 & Lk. 8:4-15

The importance of perseverance is stressed in today's first reading. Human nature being what it is, we are inclined to become weary and tire of doing good, and would relish some relief from constantly trying. Among people in the modern world perseverance is lacking: they are easily bored, always looking for something new and different, and have little patience in being committed to large or small matters.

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RECOGNISING OUR SPIRITUAL POVERTY

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1 Tim. 6:2-12 & Lk. 8:1-3

Timothy is being encouraged to teach sound doctrine by Saint Paul in today's first reading. To teach otherwise would be ignorant and full of self-conceit leading to jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another.

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WE ARE ALL IN NEED OF CHRIST’S FORGIVENESS

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1 Tim. 4:12-16 & Lk. 7:36-50

The young Timothy is being encouraged and counselled by Saint Paul in today's first reading: his age does not mean he has nothing to offer because the way he speaks, and his manner of living, can influence people for good or bad.

He has been empowered by the laying on of hands. He must use his time profitably by reading to the people and taking great care about what he teaches and how he preaches. All this is good advice to every young priest.

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JESUS WAY IS THE ONLY WAY

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1 Tim. 3:14-16 & Lk. 31-35

What could be described as a beautiful creed about Jesus is today's first reading. It is a wonderful profession of our belief about the life and nature of Our Lord. Both succinct and comprehensive it relays some of His essential qualities and deeds. It is worth memorizing. “He was made visible in the flesh, attested by the Spirit, seen by the angels, proclaimed to the pagan, believed in by the world, taken up in glory.” Yes, how true are the words of Saint Paul, “Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed.”

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THE COMPASSIONATE CHRIST

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1 Tim. 3:1-13 & Lk. 7:11-17.

Laying the framework for the development of strong and stable communities is Saint Paul's concern in today's first reading. The choice, training and encouragement of Church officials is a vital consideration. They will hold responsible and influential positions. Hence, they must be honest and trustworthy, hard workers, with good character, sound judgment, impeccable morality and experience in the community.

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JESUS HAS CONCERN FOR THE NEEDS OF ALL

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1 Tim. 2:1-8 & Lk. 7:1-10

Today's two readings complement one another in their message of ecumenical concern for others.

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WHAT A MERCIFUL FATHER WE HAVE!

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Ex. 32:7-11, 13-14; 1 Tim. 1:12-17 & Lk. 15:1-32

Our modern world often regards the quality of mercy as a sign of weakness in a person’s character. The powerful person, it says, is one who asserts his or her rights, steam-rolls opponents and punishes enemies. The Gospel turns such an idea on its head, by showing us what God is like. We know, of course, that God is the only all-powerful Being but His power finds its most eloquent expression, not in His Creation, but in His mercy. And in showing mercy to one another, human beings become God-like.

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HOW DOES OUR HEART RECEIVE GOD'S WORD?

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The Christians in the church at Corinth were worried about the life to come. Most of them came from a Greek background that believed the soul would live forever once it was freed from the 'prison house' of the body. But Saint Paul insisted that the redeemed would be given a resurrected body on the last day.

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RECOGNISING OUR SPIRITUAL POVERTY

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The Corinthian Christians believed in Christ's Resurrection but not in the resurrection of the body. Greek philosophy saw the body as a prison for the soul. At death, the soul was set free and therefore immortality was an endowment only of the soul.

Saint Paul teaches that the truth of Christ's Resurrection is the promise of the resurrection of the soul and the body. If the only kind of resurrection is immortality of the soul, then Christ was not truly raised from the dead. But the truth of our faith is that Christ was fully raised from the dead and therefore so will we be.

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WE ARE ALL IN NEED OF CHRIST’S FORGIVENESS

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Hard-headed rationalists boast that they only believe what they are able to discover for themselves. That kind of boast may impress people who aspire to become independent thinkers. But the only problem with this proud claim is that no one actually believes it!

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