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Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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WHAT PRIVILEGES ARE OURS WHEN WE LOVE JESUS!

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Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 & Lk. 10:17-24

Job had to endure much suffering and much soul-searching but he came through it all and his story had a happy ending. He had lost everything he had owned and loved. His children had been slain. His wife abandoned him. His health had been ruined. His property was destroyed. He went from the depths of despair to the heights of joy. He went from the ash heap to the mountain top.

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THE WISDOM AND THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN OUR LIVES

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Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 & Lk. 10:13-16

Modern experts advise parents always to give their children explanations for the rules and regulations they make at home. Children should be given, so far as they can understand them, the reasons why they are to do something or not. But the fact is that the adult world is often so complicated that it is impossible for children to understand all that their parents require of them. And if they use their favourite word and ask 'Why?' there can be only one answer in many instances 'Because daddy or mummy knows best.'

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LAMBS IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES

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Job 19:21-27 & Lk. 10:1-12

Probably one of the most depressing of all human experiences is to feel all alone. I refer to a situation in which there seems to be no one who understands and cares about us. Three friends came to see Job in his time of suffering. Rather than console him they condemned him as guilty of some terrible sin which had brought God's wrath upon his head. Job was pushed to cry out to them, “Why do you hound me down like God, will you never have enough of my flesh?”

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BEING TRUE TO YOUR WORD

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Job 9:1-12, 14-16 & Lk. 9:57-62

In the midst of his sufferings Job could have thought that with the kind of friends he had who needs enemies? Three of his friends came to console him, but gradually consolation turned to accusation. They came to the conclusion that Job must have been guilty of some terrible sin to have deserved such a punishment from God. Job insisted that he was innocent and could not understand why these misfortunes had come about.

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THE BEGINNING OF ECUMENISM

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Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 & Lk. 9:51-56

Job was so miserable in his misfortunes that he wished he had never been born. He was near despair because he could not see any reason or purpose for his sufferings. It was only through a desperate and blind act of faith that he continued to cling to God.

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SUFFERING IS PART OF GOD’S PLAN

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Job 1:6-22 & Lk. 9:46-50

Suffering is one of the most perplexing of human experiences. If only evil people suffered as a punishment for their wickedness and if good people were rewarded ln this life for their goodness, there would be no problem. Justice would be served. But the fact is that often it seems that the good suffer while the bad do not.

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HELL

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Mk. 9: 38-43, 47-48

It was during a parish Mission that I remember visiting a particular home. The moment I entered I sensed a very unhappy and cold atmosphere. When the husband saw me to the door he said that if I ever preached on Hell, in future, I should use the example of him and his wife who had no love for each other. 'Living like this is really like living in Hell.'

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WHAT PRIVILEGES ARE OURS WHEN WE LOVE JESUS!

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Baruch 4:5-12 27-29 & Lk. 10:17-24

A beautiful appreciation of God’s eagerness to forgive is reflected in today's first reading. The Israelites had been guilty of abandoning God so many times and as a result they had been driven out of their homeland. Now Baruch exhorts them to take courage and have hope that God will deliver them. “For as He brought down those disasters on you, so will He rescue you and give you eternal joy.” As we read this passage it should give us hope.

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WHY WE HAVE TO LIVE BETTER LIVES

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Baruch 1:15-22 & Lk. 10:13-16

A repeated heartache of many a parent today is to see their children lapse from the Church and abandon their faith. Even though they have had the example of good Catholic parents and a sound Catholic education they have turned their back upon their religious upbringing. If this causes great pain to parents how much more acute is the pain that our heavenly Father feels when His children abandon Him?

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BEWARE OF MAKING EMPTY PROMISES

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Neh. 2:1-8 & Lk. 9:57-62

Nehemiah was a Jew who had risen to some prominence in the court of King Artaxterxes of Persia but his heart was in his beloved city of Jerusalem. He received permission from the king to return there where practical problems needed to be solved.

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