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DO WE REALISE HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES US?

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Rom. 14:7-12 & Lk. 15:1-10

Aware that the Christians in Rome were squabbling and that some considered themselves better than others, Saint Paul said to them, "You should never pass judgement on a brother or treat him with contempt.” (Rom. 14:10). After all, he argued, all Christians have given their lives to the Lord and therefore belong to Him. (Rom.14:7-9) What’s more, “We will all have to stand before the judgement seat of God. (Rom. 14:10). Since God is the Judge, Paul exhorts us to stop judging our brothers and sisters and to look to our own relationship with God.

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JESUS NEVER WANTS TO LOSE ONE OF US

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Rom. 8:31-39 & Lk. 13:31-35

Scripture scholars maintain that the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans was his masterpiece, capturing much of his theology in the most refined manner. In today’s reading Paul concludes that we who live in the Spirit cannot fail because we have so much going for us. "Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ."

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SLAVES NOT TO SIN BUT TO CHRIST

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Rom. 6:19-23 & Luke 12:49-53

We were once slaves to sin. Now, through the grace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are able to obey God, to present ourselves as slaves to righteousness. But if Christians are freed from sin and enslaved to God, as Saint Paul writes in today's first reading, what kind of freedom is that?

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SPEAK UP FOR GOD AND YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED

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Rom. 3:21-30 Lk. 11:47-54

Throughout Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans he uses the words law and faith frequently. It is important to understand them as he intended them to be understood. The 'law' refers to the law of Moses which Jews were bound to observe. Paul keeps insisting that it is not by observance of this law that people are made holy, and that is why converts to Christianity did not have to become Jews. It was ‘faith' in Jesus that saved a person but for St. Paul this means much more than an intellectual acceptance of the truth which God has revealed in Christ.

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GOD IS ALWAYS READY TO ANSWER OUR REQUESTS

Liturgical Colour: 

Malachi 3:13-20 & Luke 11:5-13

Life can frequently seem unfair to us. Perhaps a fellow worker – someone who boasts of being a total atheist – gains promotion and you are overlooked. Or the irreligious person seems not to have the financial or health problems you or a loved one face. Why is God not rewarding you for your constancy in faith?

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PUTTING THE INTERESTS OF THE LORD FIRST IN LIFE

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Haggai 1:1-8 & Lk. 9:7-9

An uneasy conscience is something painful to live with, as we can see in today’s readings. Herod was disturbed by all the reports he was hearing about Jesus. Some people were suggesting that this popular preacher might be John the Baptist risen from the dead. The rumour reminded Herod that it was he who had put John to death, and it pricked his conscience and caused him anxiety.

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WE ARE ALL IN NEED OF CHRIST’S FORGIVENESS

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1 Tim. 4:12-16 & Lk. 7:36-50

The young Timothy is being encouraged and counselled by Saint Paul in today's first reading: his age does not mean he has nothing to offer because the way he speaks, and his manner of living, can influence people for good or bad.

He has been empowered by the laying on of hands. He must use his time profitably by reading to the people and taking great care about what he teaches and how he preaches. All this is good advice to every young priest.

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LOVE AND FORGIVENESS ARE A CHRISTIAN’S HALLMARK

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Col. 3:12-17 & Lk. 6:27-38

When we find life hard we need to hear Saint Paul's inspiring and encouraging words from today's reading, “You are God’s chosen race. He loves you.”

He instructs us how we are to live: “Be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.” We should surround ourselves with harmony and peace. “Bear with one another, forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins.” How true are those words, “The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.” If we don’t, there is no forgiveness for us.

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ACKNOWLEDGING OUR NEED FOR JESUS

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Col. 1:9-14 & Lk. 5:1-11

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ARE WE READY FOR CHRIST TO COME AGAIN?

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Thess. 3:7-13 & Mt. 24:42-51

A key teaching of Christian revelation - often ignored, misunderstood or even ridiculed – is revealed in today's Gospel reading. The teaching is that the return of Jesus is imminent: this means that it could happen at any time but, like a householder surprised by a thief in the night, we may be totally oblivious to this reality.

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