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Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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WHY MARY WAS TRULY BLESSED

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Gal. 3:22-29 & Luke 11:27-28

The feasts, kosher rules and everyday regulations of Jewish life were included in the 'law' which Saint Paul describes as a kind of 'saviour' that kept people close to God.

But as he says in today's First Reading we come close to God and share His life, not though the regulations of Jewish life but through faith in Jesus Christ. The very righteousness of Christ can be ours through our faith and Baptism into Him. Through the sacraments we become part of Christ and of His Mystical Body.

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ARE YOU WITH ME OR AGAINST ME?

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Gal. 37-14 & Luke 11:15-26

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GOD IS ALWAYS READY TO ANSWER OUR REQUESTS

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Gal. 3:1-5 & Luke 11:5-13

We are so accustomed to our priests and leaders avoiding stepping on people's toes that Saint Paul's withering blast against the Galatians comes as a surprise. He simply tells it like it is: "Are you people in Galatia mad? Has someone put a spell on you?" He speaks like this because he wants them to understand that now they are Christians they must not rely on observance of the Mosaic Law to be saved but on Christ Whose death and resurrection have saved them.

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

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Gal. 2:1-2, 7-14 & Luke 11: 1-4

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THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PRAYER

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Gal. 1:13-24 & Lk. 10:38-42

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HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

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Gal. 1:6-12 & Lk. 10:25-37

St. Paul's message in the first reading is that there can only be one Good News. There is only one version of the truth, the version which was revealed to him by Jesus and which he faithfully hands on to his converts. Paul was so convinced of the authenticity of Jesus' teaching that not even an angel from heaven would have persuaded him to accept a different interpretation. He urges his readers to keep strictly to the truth they have been taught.

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WHY MARY WAS TRULY BLESSED?

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Joel 4:12-21 & Luke 11:27-28

In “the day of the Lord” God will vindicate His people, judging those who oppose Him and providing refuge to those who call on His name. “So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it.” Furthermore, the blessings lost through sin will be restored.

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ARE YOU WITH ME OR AGAINST ME?

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Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 & Luke 11:15-26

The people of Israel were punished for their continued disobedience when God allowed the Babylonians to hold them captive for 70 long years. After their chastisement was completed they returned with a new vigour for God. Regrettably, however, their zeal was shallow and short-lived.

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GOD IS ALWAYS READY

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Malachi 3:13-20 & Luke 11:5-13

Life can frequently seem unfair to us. Perhaps a fellow worker – someone who boasts of being a total atheist – gains promotion and you are overlooked. Or the irreligious person seems not to have the financial or health problems you or a loved one face. Why is God not rewarding you for your constancy in faith?

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

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Jonah 4:1-11 & Luke 11: 1-4

If we want to know how to pray we need look only to Jesus Who gave us the model of all prayer when He taught us the Our Father. In this He teaches us to get our priorities correct. Firstly, we must be concerned with God, honouring His name, willing His Kingdom to come and doing His will. Then, we are to be concerned about our needs, our daily bread, forgiveness of our sins and deliverance from all evil and strength in the face of temptation.

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