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SEPTEMBER 20. Ord Time B. Wk 25. Mon. Lk 8. 16-18

Jesus said to the crowds:

‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’


This is a very important teaching as regards the growth of the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ; - and which needs to grow and develop; - and the only way it can do this is through the lives of the members of the body; - The Catholics of the World!


In the reading of last Saturday, we find these extremely important words that was given to Catholics; - to live, and to bear witness to in their lives; - “The mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed to you!” Today’s Gospel points out to us the responsibilities we have to bear witness to what has been revealed and given to us; - the Faith!


A gift we all too often take for granted and this needs to change due to the enormity of the gift; - and the responsibilities that come with it! “No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in!”


The Faith we have been given needs to be seen by others; - and the only way we can do this is by our lives; - by practicing the teachings of Christ, day in and day out during the time that has been allocated to us on this earth!


And while this is designed to benefit others, we also need to be clear, if we are faithful to our Faith, the primary beneficiary is going to be ourselves, as it means we will experience an intimate relationship with our Creator!


“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him; - and make our home with him!” (John 14.23)


We need to ponder these words; - but not only ponder them; - we need to live them; - and this is what today’s Gospel is all about; - the living of the Faith we have been given, as a gift!


One of the most important ways we live our faith is by “Living the Mass” as when we offer the Mass each day, we are not only offering Christ’s Sacrifice on Calvary again, but we are offering the sacrifice of our own lives; - by putting God’s will before our own!


So, today’s Gospel, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, are both urging us to do the same thing; - to live our Faith; - firstly for the glory of God; - but also for our own benefit; - and for the good of our neighbour, for sinners, and for those who do not believe.


One of the greatest tragedies of the modern world is how God’s people have become so focused on their own worldly desires and concerns that we have left so little time for the worship and adoration of our creator, or for the practice of Christian Love!


The Creator who sacrificed his life on a Cross; - out of Love; -so we could enter into a loving relationship with him; - both now and in eternity!


Gospel Acclamation Mt5:16


Alleluia, alleluia!

Let your light shine before all,

that they may see your good works and glorify your Father.

Alleluia!


First reading Wisdom 3:1-9 ·

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God

memorial reading. St Anthony Kim and companions. Martyrs! ('lived' the faith)


The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God,

no torment shall ever touch them.

In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die,

their going looked like a disaster,

their leaving us, like annihilation;

but they are in peace.

If they experienced punishment as men see it,

their hope was rich with immortality;

slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.

God has put them to the test

and proved them worthy to be with him;

he has tested them like gold in a furnace,

and accepted them as a holocaust.

When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out;

as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.

They shall judge nations, rule over peoples,

and the Lord will be their king for ever.

They who trust in him will understand the truth,

those who are faithful will live with him in love;

for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.







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