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OUR STRENGTH IN THE FACE OF PERSECUTION

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Apoc. 3:1-6, 14-22 & Lk. 19:1-10

In the Book of Revelation, Saint John conveys a message of warning to the seven great churches in Asia Minor. Few of them were living up to their high calling and some were failing miserably.

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HOW TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFE

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Titus 2:1-8 & Lk. 17:7-10

Specific instructions about applying the principles of Christian living to older men and women, to husbands and wives who were rearing a family, and to young people were given by Saint Pail to Titus. One characteristic is self-control.

Older men should be dignified, moderate, sound in faith and love and temperate. Older women should be religious and gentle, not gossips nor habitual wine drinkers, who teach younger ones to be self-controlled. Younger women were to love their husbands, and be sensible, chaste and good mothers.

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WE ARE ALL INVITED TO THE BANQUET OF HEAVEN

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Phil. 2:5-11 & Lk. 14:12-14

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WE NEED PATIENT ENDURANCE

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Eph. 5:21-33 & Lk. 13:18-21

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WILL WE BE READY FOR OUR MASTER’S RETURN?

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Eph. 2:12-22 & Lk. 12:35-38

Once again Saint Paul tells us what we mean to Christ and what He has done for us. He wants us to consider just who we are and how precious we are in God’s eyes. Through Jesus Christ, the Gentile Christians have become full heirs with the Jewish Christians to all the promises of God in the Old Testament. We ‘are no longer outsiders but “citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household.”

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HOW TO INCUR GOD'S ANGER

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Gal. 5:1-6 & Lk. 11:37-41

His distress over the state of the Galatians is evident in Saint Paul's impassioned words in the First Reading today. Although he is exasperated with the Galatians, he did not walk away from them. Instead he explained to them the truths of the Gospel all over again, emphasizing the free gift of salvation they had received in Christ. Though the Galatians were straying, Paul was confident that they could still return to the truth.

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THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PRAYER

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Gal. 1:13-24 & Lk. 10:38-42

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THE BEGINNING OF ECUMENISM

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Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 & Lk. 9:51-56

Job was so miserable in his misfortunes that he wished he had never been born. He was near despair because he could not see any reason or purpose for his sufferings. It was only through a desperate and blind act of faith that he continued to cling to God.

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THE TIES THAT BIND

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Sometimes a wife complains to her husband that he never says he loves her any more. The husband replies, 'You know I love you. I work hard at my job for you and the children. Surely that shows that I love you?' But that is not enough if she wants to hear the actual words. But that situation is much worse when a man uses the words of love which are hollow because he does not back them up with actions.

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THE COMPASSIONATE CHRIST

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One of the great images of the Church as a body is given by Saint Paul in today's first reading. Just as a body has many parts, so does the Church. The body for its best functioning needs all the parts to interact. As we get older, we realize what happens to our overall health when our hearing becomes less acute, our sight less sharp, our legs less strong, our vitality more diminished. So, in the Church, we need all the parts to function well. Not everyone is a bishop nor a priest. The gifts or parts of the Body of Christ are distributed among the baptised.

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