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JESUS CONDEMNS DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

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James 5:9-12 & Mk. 10:1-12

We are not to grumble against one another but, according to Saint James, help and encourage each other in every way possible. We must try to act towards one another as God acts towards us, as in today's responsorial psalm, "The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy."

We must be truthful and people of our word - 'yes' should mean yes and 'no' must mean no.

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NO SACRIFICE IS TOO MUCH IF IT STOPS US FROM COMMITTING DEADLY SINS

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James 5:1-6 & Mk. 9:41-50

All of us are sinners and Saint James is warning us about the consequences of the injustices we have done. The wrongs over the years and the people we have hurt will be shown to us at our judgement. We may have forgotten many of the injustices we committed but the people we harmed probably have not forgotten the wrong we did. Nor has the Lord. So while we have time let us put to rights the wrongs we have done.

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AN ECUMENICAL SPIRIT

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James 4:13-17 & Mk. 9:38-40

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CHRISTIANITY HAS ITS OWN SET OF VALUES

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James 4:1-10 & Mk. 9:30-37

The values of Christianity are so different from those of the world.
This was a lesson the disciples of Jesus had to learn. In today's Gospel they can be seen as typical human beings in whom ambition like a deadly leech had taken hold.

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WE NEED HUMILITY FILLED WITH GOOD SENSE

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James 3:13-18 & Mk. 9:14-29

The letter of Saint James is filled with practical advice for Christian living. In today's first reading he writes, "If there are any wise or learned men among you, let them show it by their good lives, with humility and wisdom in their actions." The surprising thing about this advice is that we do not ordinarily connect wisdom and humility.

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BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU WISDOM

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James 1:1-11 & Mk. 8:11-13

Today we begin reading from the letter of St. James, who was a relative of Jesus. It is a very old writing, dating back to possibly the year 62 A.D. The content of this letter was probably a sermon given during the liturgy. Its main purpose was to insist that Christianity must be practical; that faith must influence the way we live. What good is faith if it does not produce good works? It has to be seen in action.

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KEEPING THE LAW IS NOT ENOUGH!

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Mt. 5:20-22, 27-28, 33-34, 37

Every society has its laws. We may not like them - but they are absolutely necessary. Try to imagine a modern city without laws to regulate the flow of traffic. No one would be safe on the streets!

Suppose our tax system was based entirely on voluntary donations. The government would surely cease to operate for lack of funds, and those depending on Social Security would be left destitute.

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THE MASS – THE ANTIDOTE TO THE POISON OF MATERIALISM

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1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34 & Mk. 8:1-10

After the death of Solomon, the kingdom was split in two. Jeroboam, who had fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of Solomon, returned to rule the northern kingdom. In the southern kingdom Jerusalem was the place of worship. Where were the people of the northern kingdom to worship? Jeroboam decided to set up official places of worship within his own territory. But very soon the inevitable happened. Pagan beliefs and practices were introduced and the people fell away from worshipping the one true God.

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JESUS BRINGS UNITY AND PEACE OUT OF CHAOS

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1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 & Mk. 7:31-37

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LETTING DOWN THE FAMILY

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1 Kings 11:4-13 & Mk. 7:24-30

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