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VISIBLE THINGS WILL NOT LAST

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Lk. 21:5-19

For 25 years the twin towers of the World Trade Centre formed part of the skyline of New York City. On 11 September 2003 they disappeared. Both structures were 110 stories high, the workplaces for more than 50,000 people. Then one morning they were attacked and they collapsed.

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HOW JESUS VIEWED LIFE

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Lk. 20:27-38

Who were the Sadducees? They were the aristocrats, the ruling class in Jerusalem. Their chief concern was not religion but business and politics. They had a religion of sorts, but it was mostly a matter of expedience. They were in charge of the temple and used it to make themselves wealthy.

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DON’T LOSE FAITH IN PEOPLE

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Lk. 19:1-10

Is there more crime and violence in our day than in previous times? Or is it that we hear more about them because of increased news coverage? Whatever the truth there is no doubt we are constantly bombarded with stories of human tragedy and depravity. But how are we, as Christians, relating to these?

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WHO ARE YOU? PHARISEE OR SINNER?

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Luke 18: 9-14

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in today's Gospel was addressed to those people who were self-confidently sure, considered themselves superior and despised others. It had a powerful emotional impact.

His purpose was not to offend the Pharisees but He wanted them to change their proud ways and to take an honest look at themselves. You can be sure they were offended for no-one, then or now, likes being told they are in the wrong.

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IS PRAYER NECESSARY?

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Lk. 18: 1-8

The widow in today’s Gospel teaches us about the power and necessity of prayer. More confusion surrounds prayer than any other religious activity. Some think of it as the way to get God on their side, others pray to inform God of their needs and many see prayer as a means of convincing God of their faith. All these views of prayer have nothing to do with its real purpose!

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FORGIVENESS AND GRATITUDE

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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

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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!

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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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