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Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

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1 Cor. 10:14-22 & Lk. 6:43-49

What does the Eucharist really mean to us? Do we truly believe, as Saint Paul says, that the blessing cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ, that the bread we break is a communion with His Body? This is the truth that he was trying to impress upon his Corinthian converts.

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ARE WE IN TRAINING TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS?

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1 Cor. 9:16-19, 22-27 & Lk. 6:39-42

Saint Paul’s conversion to Christianity was, as we know, sudden and dramatic. From that moment he found the Gospel so exciting that he felt impelled to spend the rest of his life sharing it with others. It was so important to him that he gave his preaching freely, supporting himself by working as a tentmaker.

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LOVE SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS

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1 Cor. 8:1-7, 11-13 & Lk. 6:27-38

The first century Church at Corinth was struggling to establish itself in a predominantly pagan environment. Animals were sacrificed to pagan gods, and afterwards the meat was consumed at temple banquets or sold in the markets. Sometimes this was the only meal available to the Christians. The question arose as to whether Christians could eat this meat.

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ARE WE LIVING FOR THE FUTURE?

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1 Cor. 7:25-31& Lk. 6:20-26

The portion of Saint Paul's letter to the Christians at Corinth which is in today's liturgy makes very strange reading. From this some people have gained the impression that he had little time for marriage. But this is not true.

He was so wrapped up in the Lord that he had reached that stage of his life when all that mattered was union with the Lord. Human relationships are important in this life, of course, and Paul would not deny this. But there comes a time when such things pale into insignificance - and all that matters is the Lord.

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LIKE THE APOSTLES WE NEED TO BE CLOSE TO JESUS

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1 Cor. 6:1-11 & Lk. 5:12-19

A difficulty among his Corinthian converts is dealt with by Saint Paul in today's First Reading. He is not at all happy to witness Christians having recourse to the civil authorities. Such matters should be settled by those within the faith. Surely there are wise and good people among them who could help settle issues and reconcile Christians?

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WE MUST HATE THE SIN - BUT LOVE THE SINNER

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1 Cor. 5:1-8 & Lk. 6:6-11
Immoral behaviour was condemned by Saint Paul in very harsh language. He had learnt that a member of the Church was openly living with his stepmother, an incestuous relationship forbidden even in pagan society. Paul was angry because of the harm that this wrongdoing would cause - to the sinner himself, the Church and the wider community.

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THANK GOD FOR ALL OUR SENSES

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Mk. 7:31-37

Do we ever thank God for our five senses? Each can give us much enjoyment and pleasure – and He gave the five of them to us.

We have the sense of sight. How many hours of enjoyment does reading good books bring us, or viewing our favourite television programmes, gazing at a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the beauty of a young child’s happy smile … to mention only a few? How awful it must be to have little or no sight!

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

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Tim. 1:15-17 & Lk. 6:43-49

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LEADING OTHERS TO HEAVEN

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Tim. 1:1-2, 12-14 & Lk. 6:39-42

It is obvious that if I were blind I would want a guide who could see and lead me to safety. As sinners we are spiritually blind but our Heavenly Father has provided us with Jesus, His Son, the best possible guide. We can put our hand in His and He will lead us to Heaven.

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LOVE AND FORGIVENESS ARE A CHRISTIAN’S HALLMARK

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Col. 3:12-17 & Lk. 6:27-38

When we find life hard we need to hear Saint Paul's inspiring and encouraging words from today's reading, “You are God’s chosen race. He loves you.”

He instructs us how we are to live: “Be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.” We should surround ourselves with harmony and peace. “Bear with one another, forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins.” How true are those words, “The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.” If we don’t, there is no forgiveness for us.

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