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THE MYSTERY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY AS REVEALED TO US

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Prov. 8:22-31; Rom. 5:1-5 & Jn. 16:12-15

Every relationship we value involves a revelation of ourselves to another person. Ordinarily, this is a gradual process, becoming deeper as the relationship grows. It can begin before a personal meeting, especially through an individual's works. An artist reveals something of himself in his painting, a musician through the playing of her instrument. We can be impressed by how a son looks after his elderly mother or the dedication a woman brings to her work in a care home.

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PRAY AT ALL TIMES

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James 5:13-20 & Mk. 10:13-16

Prayer should characterise all aspects of our lives and not just moments of crisis, Saint James tells us in today's first reading. "If anyone of you is in trouble, he should pray, if anyone is feeling happy, he should sing a psalm.” He adds that if anyone falls ill the elders of the church should be called and they should pray over the sick person. He goes on to tell us the power of prayer and gives us the example how, through prayer, Elijah brought both a drought and rain to the land.

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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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IS THE HOLY SPIRIT ACTIVE OR DORMANT IN MY LIFE?

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Today is Pentecost, the feast day of the Holy Spirit. Let us acknowledge this fact and invite Him into our lives. This is what Our Blessed Lady, the Apostles and the early disciples of Jesus did on that first Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago.

He made His presence felt with a mighty wind that rushed through the room in which they were, and with tongues of fire that rested on each of their heads. For nine days since Ascension Thursday, at Jesus’ request, they had been pleading with Him to come among them. When He did He changed them forever.

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JESUS FACES HIS OPPONENTS FIRMLY

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Ecclus. 51:12-20 & Mk 11:27-33

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DO WE ALLOW GOD'S LOVE INTO OUR HEARTS?

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Acts. 25:13-21 & Jn. 21:15-19

Paul is now in Caesaria; he is a Roman citizen and has appealed his case to the emperor, and now he awaits the royal decision.

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