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The key to unlock the treasure of today’s reading and Gospel is to be found in our response to the responsorial Psalm “How happy are the poor in Spirit; theirs is the Kingdom of God!”

For indeed in today’s Gospel we hear how the women who accompanied Jesus gave all they had to give out of their own resources. Women in that time had little or no standing yet they offered their all to Jesus and His Apostles. How blessed they were to be rich in the fullness of Christ! The Kingdom of God were theirs to be had.

Today’s first reading teaches us how we should remain steadfast to the Truth, the Way and the Life our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; and to avoid being tempted by the riches of the world which corrupts. We should continue to strive for holiness, be filled with faith and love, patient and gentle.

Lord Jesus while we may be poor in Spirit, we are rich in Your love, peace and joy. Grant us the grace to lead one another into Your Kingdom by our love. Amen

First reading

1 Timothy 6:2-12

We brought nothing into the world and can take nothing out of it

This is what you are to teach the brothers to believe and persuade them to do. Anyone who teaches anything different, and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, is simply ignorant and must be full of self-conceit – with a craze for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another; and unending disputes by people who are neither rational nor informed and imagine that religion is a way of making a profit. Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have. We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it; but as long as we have food and clothing, let us be content with that. People who long to be rich are a prey to temptation; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous ambitions which eventually plunge them into ruin and destruction. ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith, and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.

    But, as a man dedicated to God, you must avoid all that. You must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses.

Gospel

Luke 8:1-3

The women who accompanied Jesus

Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and several others who provided for them out of their own resources.