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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time - All are welcome but don’t be late

In today’s passage, Luke presents a Jesus with threats and condemnations. His advice is even strange—strive to enter through the narrow gate!
 
In Luke’s communities, laxity, fatigue, presumption of being right with God, arrogance, the belief that good intentions are sufficient and that salvation can be obtained cheaply have infiltrated. Luke realises that the risk of being excluded from the kingdom looms over many Christians. 
 








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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Water and fire discord and peace

Today’s gospel combines a series of rather enigmatic sayings of the Lord. Let’s start with the images of fire and baptism. After the flood in the time of Noah, God swears: “Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 








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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Becoming rich by becoming poor

Today’s gospel teaches us how not to get caught by surprise at the end of our lives?—Jesus responds to the question with three parables.
 
The first: a gentleman goes to a wedding party and leaves his servants at home. The servants know that the master will come back and they must be ready to welcome him, but they do not know when. What are these enigmatic images of when and how the Lord returns about?
 








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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Accumulating for yourself is mad

One day Jesus was chosen as mediator to solve one of these messy family agreements. The situation presented to him has arisen because one has attempted to commit an injustice and the other is in danger of suffering from it. What to do?
 
Despite some bickering between brothers, in general, they love each other. Until when? 
 








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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — A struggle with God

No evangelist insists so much on the subject of prayer as Luke. He remembers that Jesus prayed seven times. 
 
In addition to these records, Luke also reports five prayers of Jesus including, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34) and—his last words before he died—“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). 
 








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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Christ the guest but not for one day

A passage about Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42) often brings displeasure and a frown to the faces of the hardworking people. Some cite it to demonstrate the superiority of the contemplative over active life.
 
It says that the sisters and the monks—who in the peace of their cloisters spend their lives reciting prayers—have chosen the better part.
 








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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - To inherit life

Today’s gospel reading begins with two questions from Jesus: What shall I do to inherit eternal life? What is written in the law?
 
The rabbi promptly appeals to two biblical texts. The first is well known, because every pious Israelite recited it at morning and evening prayer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
 








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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time- I come to offer peace

The Gospel recounts how Jesus sent messengers in pairs. The first missionaries—Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas did not only go two by two, but they were also sent and  represented their community.
 
They are sent like lambs among wolves. The wolf is a symbol of violence, arrogance. The lamb indicates gentility, weakness and frailty.
 








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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Nothing should stop us following Christ

In the gospel today, Jesus resolutely journeys to Jerusalem where crucifixion and death await him. He, like the suffering servant of Yahweh, takes on the pain, for he knows, that is the way the love of the Father is to be manifested.  
 








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The banquet of the word and the bread

Luke takes an episode from the life of Jesus—the multiplication of the loaves—and rereads it in view of the Eucharist. 
 
The deserted place (v.12) has a theological significance: remember the journey of the people of Israel who, having left the land of slavery, started their journey to freedom and were fed with manna.