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Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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FLIGHT INSTEAD OF FIGHT

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Ex. 12:37-42 & Mt. 12:14-21

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years, latterly in slavery, and although God had a plan to free them He was very patient in carrying it out. How often can we not see what God’s plan is in our own lives!

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WHAT I WANT IS MERCY NOT SACRIFICE

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Ex. 11:10-12, 14 & Mt. 12:1-8

The origin and meaning of the feast of the Passover is explained in today's first reading. This feast was to become a yearly celebration of Israel's deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. As the event of the Passover was the greatest in the history of the people, so the feast was the greatest celebration of the year.

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GOD’S NAME IS LOVE AND HE CARRIES OUR BURDENS

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Ex. 3:13-20 & Mt. 11:28-30

There is something special in a name. There is a certain intimacy in calling someone by their first name. It is virtually impossible to feel close to a person if you do not know their name.

God revealed His personal name to Moses: He wanted His people to know that He was a living and loving God, with Whom they could have a personal relationship. He was not like the pagan gods who can do nothing for the people who worship them.

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HOW OPEN ARE WE TO GOD'S CALLING?

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Ex. 3:1-6, 9-12 & Mt. 11:25-27

Throughout history God has always called people - both saints and sinners - to act on His behalf. They include the youthful Samuel to do a great work in Israel; Isaiah to speak a word of truth to wayward people; Our Blessed Lady to bear the Saviour of the world; Peter to build His church; Francis of Assisi to rebuild that church and Mother Teresa to minister the love of God to the suffering. Each was called from among the people to serve them according to God's will Who was always with them.

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JESUS COMES BEFORE ANY PERSON OR THING

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Ex. 1:8-14, 22 & Mt. 10:34-11.1

Today we begin reading the book of Exodus from the Old Testament which describes the providential events that form the foundation of Israel as God's chosen people.

Why is the Church so attached to the Old Testament and especially the book of Exodus? The basic reason is that the God of Israel is the God of Christians: there are not two Gods, one for the Jews of the past and one for us today as Catholics. We must remember that Jesus did not come to destroy the past but to bring it to fulfilment.

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GOSPEL PEOPLE MUST BE READY FOR OPPOSITION

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Amos 7:12-15; Eph. 1:3-14; Mk. 6:7-13

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WE MUST ACT IN JUSTICE – BUT WITH LOVE TOWARDS ALL

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Micah 2:1-5 & Mt. 12:14-21

Some scholars have referred to the prophets of the Old Testament as being the conscience of the people of God. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, was one of these men. In today's reading he attacks the wealthy landowners who have been dispossessing the poor by illegal means. He condemns exploitation of the underprivileged.

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GOD SPEAKS TO US IN SUBTLE WAYS

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Is. 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 & Mt. 12:1-8

Hezekiah, king of Judah, was desperate. Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, had declared war on all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Now he was heading towards Jerusalem, the capital and Hezekiah's home. To make matters even worse, Hezekiah was facing a mortal illness. He turned to God in fervent prayer, and the Lord sent Isaiah with a message: Hezekiah would be healed, and the Lord would rescue the city.

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OUR SAVIOUR'S LOVE FOR US

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Is. 26:7-9, 16-19 &n Mt. 11:28-30

A loving husband and wife who really want children look forward to the birth of their first child. The thought of bringing a child into the world fills them with joy. Imagine a wife who is convinced that she is pregnant, tells a delighted husband and then visits the doctor who, instead of confirming her pregnancy, has to inform her that she has been mistaken. It is a bitter disappointment although they hope that a child will be theirs in the future.

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