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Year B, Cycle II

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HIS WORDS DELIGHT OUR HEARTS

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2 Tim. 3:10-17 & Mk. 12:35-37

"Ever since you were a child you have known the holy scriptures." Could these word of Saint Paul to Timothy be said of you and me? Those of us who belong to the older generation can remember that knowledge of the Bible was restricted to the Gospels and some of the Paul's letters!

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DO WE LIVE OUR MISSION AND MESSAGE OF LOVE?

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2 Tim. 2:8-15 & Mk. 12:28-34

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“WE BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY”

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2 Tim. 1:1-3, 6-12 & Mk. 12:18-27

There is such confidence and conviction in Saint Paul's writings to Timothy - he has no doubts about his credentials and mission. He is convinced that God has appointed him and his mission is to promise life in Christ Jesus. The man who had persecuted the Church with such voracity is forever grateful to God, for His mercies and for keeping his conscience clear.

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THY KINGDOM COME

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2 Pet. 3:11-15, 17-18 & Mk. 12:13-17

Some people are born worriers and worry about things which are beyond their control. They even worry about when and how the end of the world will occur. They imagine it to be a frightening experience, as a result of hearing alarming descriptions such as today's first reading in which Saint Peter speaks of a terrible fire that will dissolve the sky and melt the Earth. If we were to take these words literally it would indeed be a terrifying experience, a complete annihilation of all forms of life.

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ARE WE TESTING THE PATIENCE OF GOD?

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2 Peter 1:2-7 & Mk. 12:1-12

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THE DIVINE LAW OF INCREASE

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Lk. 9:11-17

With five barley loaves and two fish, Jesus and His disciples fed over 5000 people. After everyone's hunger had been satisfied, the leftovers filled 12 baskets. This means that what they had at the end was more than they had at the beginning. How can that remarkable increase be explained? In terms of logic and reason, it cannot. But there are two things for us to learn from this miracle.

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WHAT LOVE JESUS HAS FOR US!

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1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12 & Mk. 10:46-52

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HOW PRECIOUS EACH ONE OF US IS IN GOD’S EYES

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1 Peter I:18-25 & Mk 10:32-45

When we use the phrase that someone is worth their weight in gold we are trying to express how precious is that person. But with fluctuations in the price of gold these days it is hard to say what a person is worth!

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DO WE GIVE ALL FOR JESUS?

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1 Pet. 1:10-16 & Mk. 10:28-31

The role of a prophet is explained by Saint Peter when he says, “It was this salvation that the prophets were looking and searching for, their prophecies were about the grace which was to come to you.” Out of love for God the prophets bolstered up the people with great hope that a new era would dawn upon the world.

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WHAT OUR NEW BIRTH MEANS

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1 Pet. 1:3-9 & Mk. 10:17-27

One of the main purposes of the first letter of Saint Peter, which we begin reading today, is to indicate the importance of Baptism, a new birth, in the life of a Christian.

This beautiful reading is positive and uplifting in tone. It reflects the happiness of proud parents as they announce the birth of a child, a new life they have brought into the world. Baptism, too, is the begetting of new life, the life of faith, which leads to an imperishable inheritance. This life is a gift from God.

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