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Meditation – Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A
Genesis 18:1-15
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35-10:8

There is a chain-reaction in our reading from Romans this week. In Paul’s letter, he tells us to rejoice in our sufferings (Romans 5:3). There are many reasons and purposes for suffering. It may be preventive – as when God needs to warn against some wrong thought or action. Suffering may be corrective when God allows some event to make us think and perhaps change course. However, the suffering to which Romans 5:3-4 refers is the suffering of persecution. This letter was written probably only a few years before the Christians in Rome suffered intense persecution from Nero...

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