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HOW TO BE A WISE PERSON

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Is. 26:1-6 & 7:21, 24-27

Our two readings today tell us how to be wise or how to remain a fool. The wise person is the one who relies on God and builds his house on rock. The foolish one relies on people and builds his house on sand.

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EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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Is. 25:6-10 & Mt. 15:29-37

In this first week of Advent the world is looking forward eagerly to Christmas. You only have to walk around a shopping centre to sense the hustle, bustle and excitement. The readings of today’s Mass have caught the mood of looking to the future with joyful anticipation.

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HARMONY RESTORED

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Is. 11:1-10 & Lk. 10:21-24

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FAITH AND HUMILITY PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

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Is. 2:1-5 & Mt. 8:5-11

The good people of this world long for peace. If ever our world needs to read the words of Isaiah it is today. He tells us that when the Lord comes, “He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.” This can happen if we beat down our personal feelings of hatred and retaliation into love and concern; if we turn our self-seeking into generosity and service to others.

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ENJOY LIFE TODAY

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People often consider the question, “Is there life after death?” But there is another equally valid question, “Is there life before death? This I think is the emphasis of today’s Gospel. A man was taking a long journey. Before he left He assigned each servant a job and told them to stay awake for they did not know when he would return. Not only are these words a warning of the final judgement - but they are also an admonition to wake up and live the present moment.

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