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Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

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A JOB WELL DONE

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Acts. 20:17-27 & Jn. 17:1-11

There is a sense of sadness in today's readings as both Paul and Jesus reach the end of their mission on Earth and are bidding farewell to their friends and followers. Yet there is also a feeling of satisfaction and triumph for they both know that they have completed the work they were given.

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DEEPENING OUR FAITH

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Acts. 19:1-8 & Jn. 16:29-33

The key word in today's two readings is belief. In the first Paul travelled to Ephesus and found there a number of believers. They had been baptised by John and repented of their sins but when Paul questioned them, to his surprise, he discovered that there were huge gaps in their faith. He could not believe they had never heard of the Holy Spirit, nor of baptism in Jesus.

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GOD PROVIDES - SO WHY DO WE WORRY?

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Mt. 6: 24-34

God loves all His children and provides for them. This was what Jesus was talking about in today’s Gospel. He assured them that there was no reason to be anxious about food and clothing, because their heavenly Father was aware of all their needs and would surely provide them. What could be more comforting than that – to know that we are under the watchful eye of a loving, caring God, who will see to it that all our basic needs will always be supplied? But do we really believe that? Is it supported by facts? Some things seem to argue against it.

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BUILDING YOUR FAITH ON TRUTH

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Jude 17, 20-25 & Mk. 11:27-33

An elderly man lay dying. Calling his grandson he shared with him the wisdom of his years. 'In all you do, seek the truth, not money because it cannot last, not fame because it will pass, not love for in love you can be deceived. Seek truth and you will find God, and in finding God you will find perfect love.'

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BE A GOOD FAMILY PERSON

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1 Peter 4:7-13 & Mk. 11:11-26

There is a saying that 'Blood is thicker than water' which means family ties should be more solid than other relationships. But one relationship is even more solid - the relationship we enter by means of Baptism when we enter God's family. We become children of God and brothers and sisters to each other.

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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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JESUS FACES HIS OPPONENTS FIRMLY

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

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