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WHAT ARE OUR REAL VALUES?

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Wisdom 1:1-7 & LK. 17:1-6

The Book of Wisdom, which we begin reading today, was written 100 years before Christ in Alexandria, in Egypt, where there was a large Jewish population. Its purpose was to encourage a people who had experienced suffering and opposition, as well as to offset certain philosophies which were at odds with the Jewish faith.

As it opens the author is concerned that the people remember the basic truth that God must come first in their lives. Any approach to life which ignores God or puts Him in the background is not wise nor sound.

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GOD'S GENEROSITY - WHO CAN MATCH IT?

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Phil. 2:1-4 & Lk. 14:12-14

Jesus tells us that the second commandment is, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Saint Paul tells us how we are to achieve this in the First Reading today - we must be united in our convictions and united in our love. And Paul tells us that would make him happy! We must do nothing out of selfishness but rather regard others as more important than ourselves.

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DO WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF JESUS TO HELP US?

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Rom. 8:12-17 & Lk. 13:10-17

Life lived according to the spirit, or the flesh, is what Saint Paul talks about in today’s first reading. A life lived according to the spirit means a life lived under the influence of the Spirit. Then we truly become the children of God and are able to call God our Father, Abba, and become heirs to His kingdom.

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HOW “RICH TOWARDS GOD” ARE WE?

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Rom. 4:20-25 & Luke 12:13-21

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MAY WE NOT REJECT YOU

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Rom. 1:1-7 & Lk. 11:29-32

Today we begin reading Saint Paul’s epistle to the Romans in which he claims to be favoured with being an apostle to preach the Good News to the Gentiles. Paul knew that the Gospel was never intended for the Jewish people alone. The Good News is about the Son of God who took to Himself our human nature as a descendant of David.

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HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

Liturgical Colour: 

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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A WARNING FOR OUR TIMES FROM JESUS

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Zech. 8:1-8 & Lk. 9:46-50

Zechariah preached when times were hard for his people. They were discouraged and disheartened about their future. But in the rebuilding of the temple he saw a sign of hope.

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GOD IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE - AND TRUTH MATTERS

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Ezra 1:1-6 & Lk. 8:16-18

In the sixth century before Christ the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian armies and the people were sent into exile far from their homeland. Although they had to wait His good time God did promise to look after them and protect them. It was a bleak period and they were severely tempted to abandon God completely.

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JESUS HAS CONCERN FOR THE NEEDS OF ALL

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Tim. 2:1-8 & Lk. 7:1-10

Today's two readings complement one another in their message of ecumenical concern for others.

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WHAT IS LACKING IN THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST?

Liturgical Colour: 

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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