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Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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ARE WE READY IF THE LORD CALLS?

Liturgical Colour: 

Rom. 8:1-11 & Lk. 13:1-9

Saint Paul talks about the spiritual and unspiritual in today's first reading. We are definitely meant to be numbered among the spiritual, called to be dead to sin and alive to Christ (Rom.6:11). We are commissioned to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). Jesus calls us the salt of the earth (Mt. 5:13) and the light of the world (5:14). We are to be perfect (Mt. 5:48). We are to love God with every fibre of our being and to love our neighbour, even our enemies as we love ourselves (Lk. 6:27; 10:27)

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ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE US AND THE WONDERS THAT OUR FATHER HAS PREPARED FOR US

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Rom. 7:18-25 & Lk. 12:54-59

Listen carefully to the words of St. Paul. “Instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want…In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand.” (Rom. 7:18;21). This is the great St. Paul speaking. He is saying is so many words, “I’m a hopeless case!” But he is convinced there is a solution to his problem when he concludes his words with, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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SLAVES NOT TO SIN BUT TO CHRIST

Liturgical Colour: 

Rom. 6:19-23 & Luke 12:49-53

We were once slaves to sin. Now, through the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are able to obey God, to present ourselves as slaves to righteousness. But if Christians are freed from sin and enslaved to God, as Saint Paul writes in today's first reading, what kind of freedom is that?

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HOW TO WALK EVERY DAY WITH JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Rom. 6:12-18 & Luke 12:39-48

Scripture teaches that humanity has been infected by a tendency to wrongdoing. As a result individual lives, families and entire nations have been damaged by sin. What a bleak picture!

How can we possibly live a life free from sin? Saint Paul argues in today's first reading that though we inherited sin – and therefore condemnation – from our first parents, we are also heirs of righteousness and eternal life in Jesus.

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WILL WE BE READY FOR OUR MASTER’S RETURN?

Liturgical Colour: 

Rom. 5:12, 15, 17-21 & Lk. 12:35-38

The fall of one man, Adam – which leads to death – is compared by Saint Paul with the obedience of one man, Christ – which leads to life. This classic comparison lies at the heart of the Church’s teaching of original sin and the promise of justification for those who believe and are baptised. It tells us that Adam’s first sin had consequences that are still with us today, and that Jesus’ complete obedience to God has eternal, and even more powerful, consequences for us.

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HOW “RICH TOWARDS GOD” ARE WE?

Liturgical Colour: 

Rom. 4:20-25 & Luke 12:13-21

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IS PRAYER NECESSARY?

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 18: 1-8

The widow in today’s Gospel teaches us about the power and necessity of prayer. More confusion surrounds prayer than any other religious activity. Some think of it as the way to get God on their side, others pray to inform God of their needs and many see prayer as a means of convincing God of their faith. All these views of prayer have nothing to do with its real purpose!

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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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