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WHAT ARE OUR REAL VALUES?

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Titus 1:1-9 & Lk. 17:1-6

Titus had been a co-worker and companion on one of Saint Paul's missionary journeys. Paul left him on the island of Crete so that he could appoint worthy leaders and organize the church there so that he could be free to continue his important work of evangelising further afield.

In today’s passage the virtuous qualities of bishops are mentioned. These are the expected requirements of anyone in a leadership position.

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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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Eph. 8:32-5:8 & Lk. 13:10-17

The missionary churches that Saint Paul established and supported consisted of converts from paganism. He wanted them to make a real impact on their environment with lives that showed a real difference from the surrounding culture. So Paul encouraged them to live upright and blameless moral lives.

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HOW “RICH TOWARDS GOD” ARE WE?

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Eph. 2:1-10 & Lk. 12:13-21

We have all seen a film in which a lifeless man has been dragged from a swimming pool, given the kiss of life and in a few moments he breathes again. He has been brought back to life! This situation is similar to what Saint Paul is describing to the Ephesians in the First Reading today.

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MAY WE NOT REJECT YOU

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Gal. 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1 & Lk. 11:29-32

Saint Paul's Letter to the Galatians has been called the 'Charter of Christian freedom'. But it might more accurately be called 'Charter of Christian identity' because it emphasizes the Cross of Jesus Christ as our sole source of salvation.

This letter was written in the heat of controversy and we must be careful not to take Paul’s reaction to the claims of the 'Judaizers' as an indictment of Judaism. His high regard for Judaism and its role as a precursor of Christ is shown in chapter nine of his Letter to the Romans.

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HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

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Gal. 1:6-12 & Lk. 10:25-37

St. Paul's message in the first reading is that there can only be one Good News. There is only one version of the truth, the version which was revealed to him by Jesus and which he faithfully hands on to his converts. Paul was so convinced of the authenticity of Jesus' teaching that not even an angel from heaven would have persuaded him to accept a different interpretation. He urges his readers to keep strictly to the truth they have been taught.

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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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GOD IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE - AND TRUTH MATTERS

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A man’s car broke down on a busy street. He raised the bonnet and began a fruitless search for the problem. Motorists swerved around him, some hurling verbal abuse at him. More than 100 must have passed before one stopped and asked if he needed help. Obviously many of the drivers of those cars which passed by felt they had good reason for not stopping.

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THE VALUE OF CONFLICT

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Saint Paul was greatly concerned to preserve the unity of the church at Corinth. He believed like many of us do that doctrinal and liturgical divisions among Christians are an embarrassment if not a scandal. After all, we all worship the same God, follow the same Lord and read the same Bible. How can the world take us seriously when we cannot get our act together within the church?

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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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