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ARE WE FAIR WEATHER FRIENDS?

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Acts. 9:31-42 & Jn. 6:60-69

We could substitute the name of Jesus for Peter in today's first reading and it would sound like a Gospel narrative – except for one important element. Jesus performed miracles in His own name and by His own power while acted only in the name of Jesus and by His power. Notice how clearly Peter made this point when he said to the paralytic, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you!”

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JESUS IS PRESENT IN PEOPLE AND IN THE EUCHARIST

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Acts. 9:1-20 & Jn. 6:52-59

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BREAD FOR ETERNITY

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Acts. 8:26-40 & Jn. 6:44-51

When Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him”, He is telling us that it is the Father who draws souls to Him. Those individuals who heard Christ’s words and were drawn to Him that day were doing so because of a gift of faith from the Father. If we today have faith in Christ, it also is a gift from the Father, who wants to draw us to His Son. If we have doubts or weakness in faith, we should ask the Father to draw us nearer to His Son, and to help us believe with our whole heart and mind.

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THE CROWN BY WAY OF THE CROSS

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Acts. 8:1-8 & Jn. 6:35-40

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IMITATING JESUS IN LIFE AND DEATH

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Acts. 7:51-8:1 & Jn. 6:30-35

Despite the fact that Jesus fed 5,000 people on raw fish and five loaves they wanted further proof of Who He was. I cannot believe they had the audacity to ask Him for another sign! Was that miracle not enough?

Making the point that it was not Moses who had fed their ancestors with manna in the desert, but His Father, He adds, “It is My Father who gives you the bread from Heaven, the true bread.”

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HOW TO COPE WITH MISUNDERSTANDING

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Acts. 6:8-15 & Jn. 6:22-29

One of the most disheartening of human experiences is being misunderstood. Jesus knew how that felt. He worked great signs among His people and yet they failed to understand what He was trying to do for them. He wanted to draw these people to Himself as their Saviour and make them hunger for spiritual things, and all they were interested in was for Him to satisfy their material needs.

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THE PRESENCE OF THE RISEN LORD IN OUR WORLD

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Acts. 3:13-15, 17-19; 1 Jn.2:1-5 & Lk.24:35-48

In celebrating the Resurrection we marvel, not only at the fact of the event, but also at the transforming effect it had on the disciples. Each time the risen Jesus appeared to His disciples, there was a gradual and predictable pattern of recognition. Initially, on seeing Him they did not recognize Him: they mistook Him for someone else, perhaps a gardener, or a visitor, or even a ghost as in today’s Gospel passage.

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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

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Acts. 5:34-42 & Jn. 6:1-15

Another conflict between the apostles and the Sanhedrin is recorded in today's first reading. This time they have an unexpected defender in the influential Pharisee Gamaliel who speaks wisely when he says if this Christianity is not from God it will disappear as other religious movements have done. But if it is from God then leave them for we are sure to be fighting a losing cause against none other than God.

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BELIEVING IN JESUS AND WORKING FOR HIM IS ALL THAT MATTERS

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Acts. 5:27-33 & Jn. 3:31-36

To let everyone know in Jerusalem that Jesus had risen and that He offered them eternal life was the one intention on the minds of the apostles after Pentecost. This angered the religious authorities. They forbade them to preach about Jesus but Peter responded that it was better to obey God than men.

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GOD IS LOVE

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Acts. 5:17-26 & Jn. 3:16-21

How actively and effectively the Lord worked among the early Christians in Jerusalem is shown by today's first reading. He was not going to allow the spread of the good news of the resurrection to be limited or stopped by those who had crucified Jesus. Once again we see how powerfully transforming was the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles who fearlessly placed themselves at His disposal to spread the good news.

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