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HOPE FOR EVERY SINNER

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There seemed to be no peace for Jesus even as He approached His final moments. You would expect the priests who had manipulated His death giving Him no rest, with their jeering and mocking. But why did one of the criminals who himself was going through such a horrible death start to verbally abuse Him?

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THE PIETA - A MEDITATION

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Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the gentle and reverential manner in which Jesus’ friends work, in stark contrast to the brutal and unfeeling way his soldiers handled and nailed Jesus to the Cross.

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JESUS' PARTING GIFTS FOR US

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Exod. 12:1-14; 1 Cor. 11:23-26 & Jn. 13:1-15

When Our Lord was preparing Himself for His Last Supper with His apostles, what was on His mind? He was going to abolish the Old Covenant and establish the New Covenant to leave Himself with us in the Holy Eucharist. He was also going to ordain His first priests who would continue His work on Earth. Much was to be done in that short space of time! And He knew, of course, what would happen tomorrow. Even though the Crucifixion was His victory over Satan it would cost Him His very life. As a man He was scared and frightened.

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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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