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Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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1 Cor. 4:6-15 & Lk 6:1-5

It was natural for Saint Paul to take an interest in the Church at Corinth for the Christians there were his converts. He had spent some time with them, teaching them all that he himself had learnt from Christ.

But he was saddened to hear the alarming news that they had started to feel very superior and self-satisfied, regarding themselves as privileged people who deserved respect. And so Paul wrote to them a stern letter pointing out a few home truths.

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WORK FOR JESUS: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT OTHERS THINK OF US

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Cor. 4:1-6 & Lk. 5:33-39

Our modern world lays great importance on status and titles but Saint Paul showed himself to be a true follower of Jesus - by his lack of concern for how others viewed him. How he wanted to be known was quite humble by the standards of his day, “Christ’s servant and steward entrusted with the mystery of God.” They were not affirmations of power!

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GOD KNOWS BETTER THAN WE DO

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1 Cor. 3:18-23 & Lk. 5:1-11.

Each of us can sympathise with Peter in today’s Gospel reading. He was a professional fisherman who knew the waters of the lake and the suitable times for fishing. But having done everything right he and his companions had caught nothing.

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OUR ATTACHMENT IS TO JESUS - AND NOT TO HIS MINISTERS

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Cor. 3:1-9 & Lk. 4:38-48

The fact that factions had developed among the Christians of Corinth made Saint Paul very unhappy. One reason for the division was their attachment to the human ministers of the Gospel whether to Paul himself or to Apollos. But our attachment must be to Jesus and not to His ministers who are the instruments of Christ - and their authority and effectiveness are due to His Spirit working within them.

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WITH WHAT AUTHORITY DOES JESUS SPEAK TO US?

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Cor. 2:10-16 & Lk. 4:31-37

In how many different languages is Mass said around the world every day? And what language does God use when He speaks to us as individuals? It is not any human language, in fact, for He speaks to us through the Spirit.

We can learn something about God through using the intellect He has given us, by reading and thinking about the Scriptures. But to get the best from them we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR US!

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Cor. 2:1-5 & Lk. 4:16-30

In his preaching Saint Paul did not resort to the philosophical rhetoric of his day. He was but a tent maker who spoke a simple message relying on the power of the Spirit, not human ingenuity. The result was that some of the Corinthians were not prepared to accept him. They would have preferred flowery language.

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OUR WORSHIP MUST BE SINCERE

Liturgical Colour: 

Deut. 1:1-2, 6-8 & Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15; 21-23

What type of Catholics are we? Is our worship and love of God sincere or do we just give Him lip-service? When we read today’s Gospel we have to admit from Our Lord’s assessment that the Pharisees fall into the second category. They meticulously followed the traditions of the elders without any real love for God. But Jesus could read their hearts and labelled them as hypocrites.

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PERSEVERANCE AND KEEPING THE LAW

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:21-23 & Lk. 6:1-5

Saint Paul is full of praise for the Colossians. Not long ago in thought and behaviour they were enemies to God, but now through the death of Christ are reconciled to Him. A complete conversion has taken place. He describes them as “holy, pure and blameless” but he cautions them that this will only continue if they “persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith,” never letting themselves drift away from the hope promised by the Good News.

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THE NEW WINE CHRIST OFFERS US

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:15-19 & Lk. 5:33-39

If the words of Saint Paul in today's first reading sound very familiar, just think of the Creed. When we make that profession of our faith we acknowledge God the Father as creator of everything "seen and unseen". We proclaim our belief in Jesus “through Whom all things were made”, and in the Holy Spirit, "the giver of life". All three persons of the Blessed Trinity are involved in Creation, but I think St. Paul is asking us to reflect for a moment on the role of just one Person, Jesus.

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ACKNOWLEDGING OUR NEED FOR JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:9-14 & Lk. 5:1-11

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