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FORGIVENESS AND GRATITUDE

Liturgical Colour: 

2 Kings 5:14-17 & Lk.17:11-19

Gratitude is a quality which springs in response to a realisation of a favour received. The greater the magnitude of the favour, the greater should be the gratitude felt and expressed to the benefactor. And yet it often happens that the gratitude expressed to God falls far short of the requests that are made to Him.

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CONCENTRATE ON GOD’S LOVE AND NOT ON OUR EFFORTS

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 17:5-10

Life for some does not seem fair. Jesus tells a story in today's Gospel about a slave who worked in the fields all day long. Then at sunset he went to the house, only to be told that he was to prepare and serve his master’s evening meal. Only after that was the slave allowed to eat. Then the kitchen would have to be cleaned and made ready for the next morning. Finally, the man was able to get some much needed and deserved refreshment and rest, probably collapsing on his bed, almost too tired to sleep.

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OUR FAITH SHOULD MAKE US STRONG AND SENSITIVE TO HUMAN NEEDS

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Amos 6:4-7; 1 Tim. 6:11-16 & Luke 16:19-31

Religious faith brings good out of some people and bad out of others.

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ARE WE INVESTING IN OUR SPIRITUAL FUTURE?

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News of financial fraud and mismanagement is commonplace in our world. Today's Gospel reading reminds us that the dishonest handling of other people’s money is not a new problem.

Jesus told a story about a man who had been cheating his employer. Called to give an account of his service he knew he would be in big trouble. His mismanagement was sure to be detected and his immediate dismissal would follow. He knew he was too weak to do manual labour and too proud to beg. What else could he do?

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WHAT A MERCIFUL FATHER WE HAVE!

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 32:7-11, 13-14; 1 Tim. 1:12-17 & Lk. 15:1-32

Our modern world often regards the quality of mercy as a sign of weakness in a person’s character. The powerful person, it says, is one who asserts his or her rights, steam-rolls opponents and punishes enemies. The Gospel turns such an idea on its head, by showing us what God is like. We know, of course, that God is the only all-powerful Being but His power finds its most eloquent expression, not in His Creation, but in His mercy. And in showing mercy to one another, human beings become God-like.

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DO WE BELIEVE GOD IS WORTH THE EFFORT?

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 14:25-33.

Jesus had reached the zenith of His popularity. Wherever He went crowds gathered around Him. They came for a variety of reasons.

Some were drawn by curiosity. They had heard of the wonders He had done and they wanted to see Him for themselves. Others came because they or their loved ones were sick and they were aware that He could help them. Some, no doubt, were drawn by patriotic zeal. They hoped to use Jesus as the spark to ignite a revolt against Rome. And some, although they would be in the minority, wanted to be His followers.

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HOW TO BE GREAT

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 14:1, 7-14

Everyone has so much pride in themselves that they want to be somebody. Nobody wants to be a nobody! Today’s Gospel deals with this very subject.

Jesus had been invited to a dinner party in the home of a leading Pharisees. He studied those present with a keen eye. It wasn’t a party where friends got together to enjoy themselves; it was one of those where nearly everyone was trying to impress and outdo each other in importance. It was the type of party where people drop the names of important people they have met or unusual places they have been.

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IS THE NARROW DOOR THE ONE FOR US?

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 13:22-30

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was going to die for the salvation of the world. Someone asked Him, "Sir, will there be only a few saved?” Jesus did not answer his question directly but replied, “Try to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and not succeed.”

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IS GOD THE DELIGHT OF OUR EYES?

Liturgical Colour: 

Ez. 24:15-24 & Mt.19:16-22

When God spoke to Ezekiel in today's Old Testament passage, it was to tell him some sad news. His beloved wife, the delight of his eyes, was to die suddenly. This message must have been very hard for Ezekiel to accept but God told him that he must not weep for her, but simply carry on his ordinary everyday life, eating and dressing as usual.

How was Ezekiel able to do this? Obviously he loved his wife, but he loved God first and was willing to do what God asked of him.

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JESUS, THE FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 12:32-48

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