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IT IS FITTING TO GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE TO GOD

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2 Sam. 7:18-19, 24-29 & Mk. 4:21-25

David's prayer in the first readings is one of gratitude. He had just received, through the prophet Nathan, a solemn promise from God that He would build a dynasty. This meant that David's line would not die out, and that one of his descendants would be the royal Messiah Whom we know to be Jesus Christ.

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GOD DWELLS IN US

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2 Sam. 7:4-11 & Mk. 4:1-20

David was eager to build God a dwelling because he lived in a fine palace while the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of God's presence among His people, was in a tent. But God spoke to David through the prophet Nathan telling him that it was his son, Solomon, who would build Him a temple. David's task was to unite his people.

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GOD IS IN OUR MIDST

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2 Sam. 6:12-15, 17-19 & Mk. 3:31-35

David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. By doing this he made Jerusalem the centre of worship and helped to bring about national unity under his rule. Contained in the Ark were the two tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. It was therefore especially sacred, the symbol of God's presence among His people.

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TO DENY THE MYSTERIES OF OUR FAITH IS AN UNPARDONABLE SIN

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2 Sam. 5:1-7, & Mk. 3:22-30

During today's first reading were you struck by the similarities between David and Jesus? When He was a boy I am sure Jesus would have been steeped in the history of His people. He would have known all there was to know about His ancestor King David, perhaps even regarding him as His hero as one writer has claimed.

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HOW TO READ AND OBEY THE BIBLE

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Neh. 8:2-6, 8-10; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

How many of us know how to read the Bible, or even listen to the readings? Two of our Scripture passages today address this very issue.

The reading from Nehemiah tells of a time when Ezra, the priest, stood before the people and read aloud from the book of the law. In the Gospel we see Jesus visiting the synagogue in His hometown on the Sabbath when He read, and briefly explained, a passage from the prophet Isaiah.

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GOD IS ALWAYS EAGER TO FORGIVE US IF WE ASK

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2 Sam. 12:1-7, 10-17 & Mk. 4:35-41

The prophet Nathan was given a very difficult task from the Lord which demanded a great deal of courage. He was to confront King David with his sins of adultery and murder, and call him to repentance. Prudently, and with a great deal of ingenuity, he prepared David by telling him the parable of the selfish rich man. David fell into the trap.

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SIN AND SORROW

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2 Sam. 11:1-4, 5-10, 13-17 & Mk. 4:26-34

There is no need to read paperbacks or watch television to see sex and violence - we can find plenty of it in the pages of the Bible!

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BEWARE THE EVIL OF JEALOUSY!

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Sam. 18:6-9 19:l-7 & Mk. 3:7-12

Saul was the ruling king and David, his understudy, was most willing to serve in any way he could. He had already laid his life on the line for king and country against Goliath. They could have been the best of friends but Saul became extremely jealous: this came to a head when David won a resounding victory over the Philistines, and the people sang, “Saul has conquered a thousand enemies, but David has conquered ten thousand."

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WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE CAN FACE WHAT COMES OUR WAY

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1 Sam. 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 & Mk. 3:1-6.

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most familiar in the entire Old Testament. But we continue to read it to discover how to act and to find courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Everyone would agree that David was no match for Goliath if he only had his single slingshot. But he was armed, too, with personal confidence and God’s grace David was sent out with the blessing, “The Lord will be with you.”

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DON’T JUDGE BY APPEARANCES

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1 Sam. 16:1-13 & Mk. 2:23-28

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