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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

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Wisdom 6:1-11 & Lk. 17:11-19

All authority comes from God. All men and women who wield it will one day stand before His throne and account for how they used the authority He gave them. Parents and priests, bosses and even babysitters will have to answer on how they behaved. The more important their role, the tougher will be the questions they have to face. Popes, bishops, kings and presidents will have to face “a strict scrutiny before the Judge of all.” (Wis. 6:8).

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LOVE OF GOD AND LOVE OF NEIGHBOUR

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Rom. 13:8-10 & Lk. 14:25-33

The focus of today's first reading is love of our neighbour and the second concerns love of God. Saint Paul says, "Love is the one thing that cannot hurt our neighbour." The main obstacle to loving our neighbour is selfishness.

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TRY YOUR BEST - WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Rom. 8:26-30 & Lk. 13:22-30

If ever we do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit is there to help us. Whenever we have difficulty in praying it would be good to recall the words of Saint Paul from today's first reading and commit them to memory.

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HOW TO WALK EVERY DAY WITH JESUS

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Rom. 6:12-18 & Luke 12:39-48

Scripture teaches that humanity has been infected by a tendency to wrongdoing. As a result individual lives, families and entire nations have been damaged by sin. What a bleak picture!

How can we possibly live a life free from sin? Saint Paul argues in today's first reading that though we inherited sin – and therefore condemnation – from our first parents, we are also heirs of righteousness and eternal life in Jesus.

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ARE WE MOTIVATED BY LOVE OF THE LORD?

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Rom. 2:1-11 & Luke 11:42-46

The Jews of Christ’s time, by their very attitude, had distanced themselves from the rest of society. Highly critical of others, especially of the Gentiles, they were quick to condemn what they saw as evil practices. Saint Paul bluntly told the Jews that even though they were the chosen people, they had no right to condemn the pagans. Why? It was because the Jews were, each in their own way, just as guilty of sin as were the non-believers.

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

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Jonah 4:1-11 & Luke 11: 1-4

If we want to know how to pray we need look only to Jesus Who gave us the model of all prayer when He taught us the Our Father. In this He teaches us to get our priorities correct. Firstly, we must be concerned with God, honouring His name, willing His Kingdom to come and doing His will. Then, we are to be concerned about our needs, our daily bread, forgiveness of our sins and deliverance from all evil and strength in the face of temptation.

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BEWARE OF MAKING EMPTY PROMISES

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Neh. 2:1-8 & Lk. 9:57-62

Nehemiah was a Jew who had risen to some prominence in the court of King Artaxterxes of Persia but his heart was in his beloved city of Jerusalem. He received permission from the king to return there where practical problems needed to be solved.

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CARRYING ON THE WORK OF CHRIST

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Ezra 9:5-9 & Lk. 9:1-6

The honesty of the prayer of Ezra is to be admired. He felt like the sinner in 'Amazing Grace' who with shame listed the failings of his people and admitted guilt before God. This prayer breathes a spirit both of faith and of trust, pleading for the mercy of God.

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JESUS WAY IS THE ONLY WAY

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1 Tim. 3:14-16 & Lk. 31-35

What could be described as a beautiful creed about Jesus is today's first reading. It is a wonderful profession of our belief about the life and nature of Our Lord. Both succinct and comprehensive it relays some of His essential qualities and deeds. It is worth memorizing. “He was made visible in the flesh, attested by the Spirit, seen by the angels, proclaimed to the pagan, believed in by the world, taken up in glory.” Yes, how true are the words of Saint Paul, “Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed.”

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ARE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD JESUS' WAY?

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Col. 3:1-11 & Lk. 6:20-26.

“There is only Christ: He is everything and He is in everything.” This is how Saint Paul sums up today's first reading. A relationship with Christ is all that matters. Once we make Him the centre of our lives everything else falls into its proper place.

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