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Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

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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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THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PRAYER

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Jonah 3:1-10 & Lk. 10:38-42

When Jonah eventually preached repentance to the Ninevites they acknowledged their guilt, doing penance, fasting, wearing sackcloth and sprinkling ashes on themselves. Then followed an interior change; they turned from their evil ways. Finally, they accepted the truth that God would respond to their repentance, in any way He wished.

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HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

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Jonah 1:1-2:1, 11 & Lk. 10:25-37

Jonah's sea voyage was a journey he would never forget. Caught in a violent storm, the crew blamed him for their misfortunes and threw him overboard, and he was swallowed by a whale. Yet none of this would have happened if he had done as God asked. He would not even have been on that ship.

God had asked him to go and preach to the people of Nineveh and persuade them to change their ways. Perhaps Jonah was afraid that the task was too difficult for him, or he may have felt inadequate or unworthy. All we know is that he ran away.

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USE IT OR LOSE IT

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Mt. 21:33-43

An eviction notice to the nation of Israel is the subject of today's Gospel reading. Jesus was warning the Jews that they would either pay their rent or they would lose their place in His kingdom.

The warning came in the form of a parable. It was about a landowner who planted a vineyard, made all the necessary preparations for an abundant harvest, and then leased it out to tenant farmers. The agreement was that when the crop was gathered, the tenant would pay an agreed percentage to the landowner.

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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?

Liturgical Colour: 

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

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GOD IS ALWAYS READY TO ANSWER OUR REQUESTS

Liturgical Colour: 

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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