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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

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Titus 3:1-7 & Lk. 17:11-19

We have a duty to be obedient to officials and representatives of the government. This is what Saint Paul told Titus in his letter. We owe respect to their office. When such authority is undermined and ridiculed it makes their position to rule impossible. If their rulings have to be challenged they should be challenged respectfully. We are to be loving, courteous and polite at all times, not slandering or picking quarrels with others.

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THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

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Phil. 2:12-18 & Lk. 14:25-33

Work for salvation “in fear and trembling” is what Saint Paul advises the Philippians in the First Reading today. But can you imagine our loving Father wanting us to go around all the time shaking in fear? Most certainly not! This was Paul’s way of emphasizing, “Have at the front of your mind at all times the salvation of your soul. Let nothing come between you and God.”

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TRY YOUR BEST - WITH THE HELP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Eph. 6:1-9 & Lk. 13:22-30

“Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord.” This is the command from Saint Paul in the First Reading today. I can only speak from experience but God gave me parents I loved and it was a delight, usually, to do what they asked of me - I knew that they loved me and I always wanted to please them.

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HOW TO WALK EVERY DAY WITH JESUS

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Eph.3:2-12 & Lk. 12:39-48

Saint Paul could never quite understand why God had favoured him to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. He considered himself the least of all believers, and yet God had chosen him to carry out a plan so bold that it caught everybody by surprise. God had always intended to bless all the nations of the Earth through His chosen people, but the Jews had always assumed that meant the nations of the world must first be converted to their religion.

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ARE WE MOTIVATED BY LOVE OF THE LORD?

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Gal. 5:18-25 & Luke 11:42-46

How do we know that the Holy Spirit is working in us rather than the spirit of the age or the spirit of ourselves? Saint Paul in today's First Reading gives us a near fool-proof guide to determining whether the Spirit is at work in our lives.

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

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Gal. 2:1-2, 7-14 & Luke 11: 1-4

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BEING TRUE TO YOUR WORD

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Job 9:1-12, 14-16 & Lk. 9:57-62

In the midst of his sufferings Job could have thought that with the kind of friends he had who needs enemies? Three of his friends came to console him, but gradually consolation turned to accusation. They came to the conclusion that Job must have been guilty of some terrible sin to have deserved such a punishment from God. Job insisted that he was innocent and could not understand why these misfortunes had come about.

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CARRYING ON THE WORK OF CHRIST

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“God is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” These are comforting words from the book of Proverbs in the First Reading today. Many Christians take those words to mean that God will let no harm come to the dedicated believer. But modern preachers did not invent this "gospel of health and prosperity” which is present from the beginnings of our own religious heritage. On occasion, even the Bible seems to promise that God will provide for all the needs of the faithful.

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JESUS' WAY IS THE ONLY WAY

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What is real love? Saint Paul gives us the criteria. Real love is patient and kind, not jealous nor snobbish. Real love does not put on airs and is never rude. It is not selfish and resentful. There is no limit to love's forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure. That's what real love is all about. Paul advises us to aim for this real love.

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ARE WE LIVING FOR THE FUTURE?

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1 Cor. 7:25-31& Lk. 6:20-26

The portion of Saint Paul's letter to the Christians at Corinth which is in today's liturgy makes very strange reading. From this some people have gained the impression that he had little time for marriage. But this is not true.

He was so wrapped up in the Lord that he had reached that stage of his life when all that mattered was union with the Lord. Human relationships are important in this life, of course, and Paul would not deny this. But there comes a time when such things pale into insignificance - and all that matters is the Lord.

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