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WE FACE HARD CHOICES – BUT SHOULD NOT LOOK FOR REWARDS

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Wisdom 2:23-3:9 & Lk. 17:7-10

People today say, 'Being faithful to God can be so very hard - is it really worth the effort?' But believers have been struggling with this issue for thousands of years. They included the first readers of the Book of Wisdom, who were Jews living in Egypt in the first century before Christ. The author of the Book of Wisdom encouraged his readers to believe that faithfulness is always rewarded. Even in trials, disasters and death, the “just are in the hand of God” and “will abide with Him in love” (Wisdom 3:1,9).

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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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Rom. 8:18-25 & Lk. 13:18-21

If we were to give medals to biblical personalities, Saint Paul would win the one for the most energetic! He never seemed to tire in his zeal for preaching, travelling, writing, in his care of the Churches and even suffering for Jesus. Paul is an inspiration for everyone in how to follow Christ. What was his secret?

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WILL WE BE READY FOR OUR MASTER’S RETURN?

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Rom. 5:12, 15, 17-21 & Lk. 12:35-38

The fall of one man, Adam – which leads to death – is compared by Saint Paul with the obedience of one man, Christ – which leads to life. This classic comparison lies at the heart of the Church’s teaching of original sin and the promise of justification for those who believe and are baptised. It tells us that Adam’s first sin had consequences that are still with us today, and that Jesus’ complete obedience to God has eternal, and even more powerful, consequences for us.

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HOW TO INCUR GOD'S ANGER

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Rom. 1:16-25 & Lk. 11:37-41

The Good News has the power of saving all who have faith in God – Jews as well as Greeks. Proud of the Good News he preaches Saint Paul attacks paganism which lacks the ability to give life. The Gentiles worshipped man-made objects or fostered compulsive behaviour aimed at attaining power, knowledge, wealth and popularity, in the hope that such behaviour would satisfy their inner longing for knowledge of God and meaning in life. Worship of anything other than God, despite any short-term satisfaction it may produce, will result in death.

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THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PRAYER

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Jonah 3:1-10 & Lk. 10:38-42

When Jonah eventually preached repentance to the Ninevites they acknowledged their guilt, doing penance, fasting, wearing sackcloth and sprinkling ashes on themselves. Then followed an interior change; they turned from their evil ways. Finally, they accepted the truth that God would respond to their repentance, in any way He wished.

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THE BEGINNING OF ECUMENISM

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Zech. 8:20-23 & Lk. 9:51-58

Zechariah looked forward to a day when Jerusalem would be a source of blessing, not only for the Jews but for pagans as well. That hope has been fulfilled through the person of Jesus Christ in the Church.

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THE TIES THAT BIND

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Ezra 6:7-8 & 12, 14-20 & Lk. 8:19-21.

The Temple in Jerusalem was very important to every Jew. How it came to be built and the priests chosen are told to us by Ezra, along with the rituals and traditions they observed in accordance with the laws laid down by Moses.

This was the religious heritage into which Jesus was born. He learned from Mary and Joseph the traditions of the Jewish faith. He observed the rituals, kept the Jewish festivals and died with a Jewish prayer on His lips.

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THE COMPASSIONATE CHRIST

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1 Tim. 3:1-13 & Lk. 7:11-17.

Laying the framework for the development of strong and stable communities is Saint Paul's concern in today's first reading. The choice, training and encouragement of Church officials is a vital consideration. They will hold responsible and influential positions. Hence, they must be honest and trustworthy, hard workers, with good character, sound judgment, impeccable morality and experience in the community.

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ARE WE STEEPED IN CHRIST?

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Col. 2:6-15 & Lk. 6:12-19

We have to be completely steeped in Christ, as Saint Paul told the Colossians in so many different ways. He reminds us in today's reading that we would be spiritually dead if Christ had not brought us to life when our sins were forgiven.

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