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HOW TO AVOID MONEY BEING THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

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Rom. 16:3-9, 16 22-27 & Lk. 16:9-15

When someone of dignity or authority calls you by your first name you may feel honoured. In concluding his great letter to the Romans, Saint Paul mentions some of the Christians individually. You can imagine how honoured they felt that the renowned Paul himself would think so much of them as to give them special mention! We can also sense a spirit of great affection running through this final passage.

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A BRIDGE OF LOVE

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Sooner or later, each one of us will experience the death of someone we love - a husband, a wife, a parent, a child, a friend. At first, we feel nothing but numbness and disbelief. Someone who was so much a part of our daily life has suddenly been taken away from us.

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ARE WE READY IF THE LORD CALLS?

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Rom. 8:1-11 & Lk. 13:1-9

Saint Paul talks about the spiritual and unspiritual in today's first reading. We are definitely meant to be numbered among the spiritual, called to be dead to sin and alive to Christ (Rom.6:11). We are commissioned to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:19). Jesus calls us the salt of the earth (Mt. 5:13) and the light of the world (5:14). We are to be perfect (Mt. 5:48). We are to love God with every fibre of our being and to love our neighbour, even our enemies as we love ourselves (Lk. 6:27; 10:27)

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ARE WE BOLD WITNESSES FOR CHRIST?

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Rom. 4:13, 16-18 & Lk. 12:9-12

There was no better example of faith that Saint Paul could choose for the Romans than Abraham. He listened when God spoke to him even though he did not always understand all that God asked of him. But what faith he had when asked to uproot his family and go to a strange land. He believed God when He told him in his old age that he, and his wife who was barren, would have a son. And at God’s request he was even willing to sacrifice his only son who was born after a long wait.

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WHY MARY WAS TRULY BLESSED?

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Joel 4:12-21 & Luke 11:27-28

In “the day of the Lord” God will vindicate His people, judging those who oppose Him and providing refuge to those who call on His name. “So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it.” Furthermore, the blessings lost through sin will be restored.

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WHAT PRIVILEGES ARE OURS WHEN WE LOVE JESUS!

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Baruch 4:5-12 27-29 & Lk. 10:17-24

A beautiful appreciation of God’s eagerness to forgive is reflected in today's first reading. The Israelites had been guilty of abandoning God so many times and as a result they had been driven out of their homeland. Now Baruch exhorts them to take courage and have hope that God will deliver them. “For as He brought down those disasters on you, so will He rescue you and give you eternal joy.” As we read this passage it should give us hope.

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BEING ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT OUR FAITH AND IGNORING THE OBVIOUS

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Zech. 2:5-9, 14-15 & Lk. 9:43-45

Zechariah, like Haggai, was a prophet. They both shared the same hopes for a restored and renewed Jerusalem. Zechariah had a vision of the city with a defensive wall being built around it. But God told him that no wall should be built, because large numbers of people would come to inhabit Jerusalem, and their access must not be restricted. There would be no need for a wall to protect the citizens, because God Himself would be their protector and would live among them.

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HOW DOES OUR HEART RECEIVE GOD'S WORD?

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1 Tim. 6:13-16 & Lk. 8:4-15

The importance of perseverance is stressed in today's first reading. Human nature being what it is, we are inclined to become weary and tire of doing good, and would relish some relief from constantly trying. Among people in the modern world perseverance is lacking: they are easily bored, always looking for something new and different, and have little patience in being committed to large or small matters.

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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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PERSEVERANCE AND KEEPING THE LAW

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Col. 1:21-23 & Lk. 6:1-5

Saint Paul is full of praise for the Colossians. Not long ago in thought and behaviour they were enemies to God, but now through the death of Christ are reconciled to Him. A complete conversion has taken place. He describes them as “holy, pure and blameless” but he cautions them that this will only continue if they “persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith,” never letting themselves drift away from the hope promised by the Good News.

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