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Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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PERSEVERANCE AND KEEPING THE LAW

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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

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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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OUR HEALING FRIEND

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:1-8 & Lk. 4:38-48

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JESUS SPEAKS TO US WITH AUTHORITY

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Thess. 5:1-6, 9-11 & Lk. 4:31-37

Imagine a boy has done something seriously wrong at school. The head teacher punishes him and also sends a letter to his parents. The boy realises he is in double trouble but what a pleasant surprise he has when his parents show him love and understanding. They recognise that he has done wrong and deserves punishment, but they know that he can learn from this experience and it will not be repeated. They don't want this incident to damage their relationship with their son.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR US

Liturgical Colour: 

Thess. 4:13-18 & Lk. 4:16-30

The Thessalonians were filled with sadness because some of them had died and would be deprived of sharing in the glory of Christ’s second coming. They had failed to understand that salvation meant Jesus Himself raising the dead - and it would not matter if they had already died before His second coming.

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WHY DO WE FOLLOW CHRIST?

Liturgical Colour: 

Mt. 16: 21-27

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” What an incredible invitation from Jesus in today's Gospel – usually if someone wants to attract followers he or she makes the idea appealing! Yet there were some people who accepted His invitation.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY

Liturgical Colour: 

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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