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THE TRAGEDY OF BETRAYAL

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Is. 50:4-9 & Mt. 26:14-25

The grim details of the torment of the Suffering Servant are foretold by Isaiah in today's first reading. He will be beaten, his beard will be plucked out, and he will be spat upon.

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HOW TO FACE UP TO OUR GUILT

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Is. 49:1-6 & Jn. 13:21-33. 36-38

Another of Isaiah's beautiful Servant Songs is in today's first reading:

“The Lord called Me before I was born, from My mother’s womb He pronounced My name.” We know that the name chosen by the Father for His Son was Jesus, which means “Saviour”, because He is to save His people from their sins.

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ARE WE TRUE FRIENDS TO JESUS?

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Is. 42:1-7 & Jn. 12, 1-11

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HOW FICKLE ARE WE IN OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST?

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Mark 11:1-10 & Mark 14:1-15,47

There is a stark difference In today's two readings from Saint Mark: what happened that Jesus went from being hailed a King to the chants of "crucify Him" within just a few days? It is the story of how fickle people can be as the initial joy fades into the distance and they willingly followed Him on the death march to Calvary.

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ARE WE GUILTY OF SELF-DECEPTION?

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Ezek. 37:21-28 & Jn. 11:45-57

We are aware that it is wrong to deceive other people, but isn't it equally wrong to deceive ourselves? Self-deception is probably more common and certainly just as destructive.

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IS OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY OBVIOUS?

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Jer. 20:10-13 & Jn. 10:31-42

Both Jeremiah and Jesus are confronted by enemies in today's readings who are filled with hatred and murderous intent. Jeremiah is so confident that God will never desert Him. He believes the Lord is at his side as a ‘mighty hero’ and his opponents will stumble and fall.

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"WHOEVER KEEPS MY WORD..."

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Gen. 17:3-9 & Jn. 8:51-59.

God in the first reading makes a covenant with Abram and promises to make him the father of a multitude of nations. Because of this He changes his name from Abram to Abraham.

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NO FREEDOM WITHOUT HOLINESS

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Dan. 3:14-20, 24-25, 28 & Jn. 8:31-42

What is freedom? Does it mean doing whatever we wish, going wherever we please, having everything we want? Today's readings tell us that we can only find true freedom when our lives are centred, not on ourselves, but on the one true God.

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OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK, BUT NOT FOREVER!

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Num. 21:4-9 & Jn. 8:21-30

The Israelites grumble against Moses and are punished by biting serpents, but they are delivered by looking upon a bronze serpent erected by Moses following the directives of the Lord. Like the Israelites we have all sinned and become estranged from God, but we are rescued by Jesus lifted up on the Cross.

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WHAT RIGHT HAVE WE TO JUDGE?

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Dan. 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62 & Jn. 8:1-11

The two readings for today correspond perfectly: women accused of adultery are about to be stoned to death but, at the last moment, they are rescued by 'saviours' … Daniel and Jesus.

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