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ARE WE DOING OUR ALL TO GET TO HEAVEN?

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Rom. 15:14-21 & Lk. 16:1-8

Saint Paul experienced God's love in a personal and intimate way. He found such joy and hope through his relationship with the Lord that he could not help but tell everyone!

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WE ARE CALLED TO BE SAINTS

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Mt. 5:1-12

Today we keep the feast of all our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and live with God in Heaven.

They include the many famous saints who have been canonised by an official decree of the Church. We revere them as role models, people who lived good lives and received from the Lord eternal happiness.

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ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE US AND THE WONDERS THAT OUR FATHER HAS PREPARED FOR US

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Rom. 7:18-25 & Lk. 12:54-59

Listen carefully to the words of St. Paul. “Instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want…In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand.” (Rom. 7:18;21). This is the great St. Paul speaking. He is saying is so many words, “I’m a hopeless case!” But he is convinced there is a solution to his problem when he concludes his words with, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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THE ONLY PERSON WE NEED TO FEAR IS OUR FATHER

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Rom. 4:1-8 & Lk. 12:1-7

We refer to Abraham as “our father in faith” in the First Eucharistic Prayer which means that we trace the origin of our faith in the one true God back to him. It also means that Abraham is a model to us of how to live a life of faith.

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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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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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DO NOT BE AFRAID, I AM WITH YOU

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Haggai 1:15-2:9 & Lk. 9:18-22

When the people returned to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon, they must have been discouraged by the huge task that lay before them. They rejoiced to have been freed from captivity and restored to their homeland, of course, but they could see the vast amount of work that needed to be done.

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RECOGNISING OUR SPIRITUAL POVERTY

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1 Tim. 6:2-12 & Lk. 8:1-3

Timothy is being encouraged to teach sound doctrine by Saint Paul in today's first reading. To teach otherwise would be ignorant and full of self-conceit leading to jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another.

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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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THE NEW WINE CHRIST OFFERS US

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Col. 1:15-19 & Lk. 5:33-39

If the words of Saint Paul in today's first reading sound very familiar, just think of the Creed. When we make that profession of our faith we acknowledge God the Father as creator of everything "seen and unseen". We proclaim our belief in Jesus “through Whom all things were made”, and in the Holy Spirit, "the giver of life". All three persons of the Blessed Trinity are involved in Creation, but I think St. Paul is asking us to reflect for a moment on the role of just one Person, Jesus.

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