29 Oct
30th Week in Ordinary Time
Rom. 8:12-17
Ps. 68:1, 3, 5-6, 19-20
Lk. 13:10-17
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Although sin brought evil into this world, we must be careful not to accuse the woman in the gospel of any personal sin. We know neither the casue nor the nature of the affliction which forced her into a stooped position. The gospel tells us only that she was quite incapable of standing erect in that posture of dignity which sets humans apart from animals.Jesus cured the woman on the sabbath, that day on which God rested from His work of creation. Even though the chief of the synagogue objected, the day was a fitting one. God had created all things good, and Jesus showed that He had come to heal the wounds which had been inflicted on creation.

Jesus through the forgiveness of our sins has lifted us up and given us the ability to stand erect in personal worth and dignity. Now He rightly expects that we will live in accord with the dignity He has given us. That is what St Paul had in mind when he wrote, "Follow the way of love, even as Christ loved you." A life of sin is a contradiction of the way of love. Every sin is not only an offense against God but a blow against our own dignity. Sin demeans us and pushes us downward towards a stooped position. In that posture we become self-centered, quite incapable of looking up to God or even outward to our neighbours. This is being in darkness. A person who is in darkness cannot see either God or others.

Lord, bless me with Your light and free me from sin.

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.

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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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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