9 Oct
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27th Week in Ordinary Time
Jonah 3:1-10
Ps. 130:1-4, 7-8
Lk. 10:38-42
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We shape our future. The choices we make today determine the direction of our lives. The people of Nineveh heard the message of Jonah and had a change of heart. Gone was the past! They were no longer prisoners of the consequences of their past actions. In our own lives, it is never too late to begin anew. A change of heart and attitude can alter and enrich our lives dramatically. We need not live in past patterns of thought and behaviour. What do we need to change? Poor Martha is always painted in rather negative terms. She finds herself trapped in the tiring and traditional role of a woman. She is working very hard to be the proper hostess, and is resentful that she is doing this alone. Jesus teases her gently out of her resentment, and points out that Mary as well as Martha has every right to be instructed by Jesus and be one of His disciples. He will not consign Mary (or Martha) to the kitchen. They are both called to study God's ways and to follow Jesus. Jesus always challenges our traditional thinking! To what new roles are you called?



Lord, renew my heart and mind.

DAILY OFFERING
Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day; my thoughts, words, joys and sufferings. Grant that, vivified by the Holy Spirit and united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my life this day may be of service to You and to others. I also pray that all those preparing for marriage discover in Sacrament the source of Christ's grace for living a fithful and fruitful love. Amen.

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
INTENTION
That we may recognise and revere the cultural and spiritual riches of the different ethnic groups and religious minorities present in every country.
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P R A Y I N G    W I T H    T H E    C H U R C H    

INTENTION : That we may recognise and revere the cultural and spiritual riches of the different ethnic groups and religious minorities present in every country.

This month we are invited to give thanks to God for the variety of gifts he has given to humankind. There is hardly a country in the world today which is not marked by the coming together of different cultural traditions. It ought to be recognised that religion has influenced cultures and is the soul of a particular culture. Vatican II also mentions the good that is to be found in the rites and customs of peoples, recognising this as having been sown by God's Word (LG 17). In fact, Christians belong to many different cultures which have been deeply marked by the Christian faith.

In order to appreciate these cultural and religious riches we are called to make an effort to understand and appreciate all that is good in another person and in that person's culture. We are invited to look upon our fellow human beings with the eyes of God who created man in his own image and likeness and who saw all that he had made and found it very good. We are therefore encouraged to consider prayerfully how God is at work in all peoples.

In this context our prayer will be that the ongoing dialogue between the Gospel message and cultures may produce fruits of true freedom, joy and peace for the whole of humanity.




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