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Do not judge

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Scriptures

You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. Romans 2:1

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Man and God

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Scriptures

While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. (Romans 1:22-23)

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Reflection Guide for Sunday XXVI OT A

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Fr. Tomas Rosica’s reflection guide for the Sunday Homily (26th Sunday) is now available at the Zenit website. The reflection guide appears every Wednesday.

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The Root of all Evil

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Scripture

For the love of money is the root of all evils
and some people in their desire for (money)

have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains. (1 Tim. 6:10)

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Pray for all Men (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

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Paul asks Timothy to tell his constituents to pray for “kings and for all in authority” (v.1). This is paralleled in v. 8 where Paul expresses his desire that the men should pray “lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.” Whatever they might feel about the leaders in their city-states and especially with the “Great King” at the center of the Empire, the men should pray for them. Politics is after all the organization of the “polis” (=Greek word for “city”), and the men who are involved in it need God’s help “that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.” All authority comes from God, after all, and so even in political life, the Church contributes through its prayer.

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All Things Will End Well for those Who Love God

Nowhere does one find in the Scriptures the idea that God predestines someone to hell or to heaven. In Paul, he always talks about Christians having been predestined to glory understood not as something wholly in the future but as already verified in some way in the present. The same goes for those whose present lives are characterized by opposition to the gospel; in a way these are said to be destined for destruction, not for the glory of the sons of God.

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Christ is Our All (Col. 1:24-2:3)

I think those who already participate in the work of the apostles in the work of sustaining and building-up communities of the faith (e.g. basic ecclesial communities) would readily understand the sentiments of Paul. The trust given to him is not just any word, but Christ Himself, who is to be proclaimed to all men, that all men may be presented “perfect in Christ Jesus”. Such a trust, Paul tells us, is worth all the inconvenience, even suffering, in this world.

More here: The Mystery that Paul Proclaims

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