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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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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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ARE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD JESUS' WAY?

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Col. 3:1-11 & Lk. 6:20-26.

“There is only Christ: He is everything and He is in everything.” This is how Saint Paul sums up today's first reading. A relationship with Christ is all that matters. Once we make Him the centre of our lives everything else falls into its proper place.

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ARE WE STEEPED IN CHRIST?

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Col. 2:6-15 & Lk. 6:12-19

We have to be completely steeped in Christ, as Saint Paul told the Colossians in so many different ways. He reminds us in today's reading that we would be spiritually dead if Christ had not brought us to life when our sins were forgiven.

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WHAT IS LACKING IN THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST?

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Col. 1:24-2:3 & Luke 6: 6-11

When Christ died on the Cross for us His sacrifice for the salvation of the world was complete and perfect. He need never suffer or die again in order to save us.

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HOW SHOULD WE TREAT SOMEONE WHO DOES WRONG?

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Ez. 33:7-9 & Mt. 18:15-20

There is something I find hard to do - and I wonder if you feel the same. It is pointing out to others the wrong they are doing. I feel I should mind my own business yet in today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If your brother does something wrong go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.”

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM
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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