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Fifth Week of Lent

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ARE WE GUILTY OF SELF-DECEPTION?

Liturgical Colour: 

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?

Liturgical Colour: 

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..."

Liturgical Colour: 

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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NO FREEDOM WITHOUT HOLINESS

Liturgical Colour: 

Dan. 3:14-20, 24-25, 28 & Jn. 8:31-42

What is freedom? Does it mean doing whatever we wish, going wherever we please, having everything we want? Today's readings tell us that we can only find true freedom when our lives are centred, not on ourselves, but on the one true God.

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OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK, BUT NOT FOREVER!

Liturgical Colour: 

Num. 21:4-9 & Jn. 8:21-30

The Israelites grumble against Moses and are punished by biting serpents, but they are delivered by looking upon a bronze serpent erected by Moses following the directives of the Lord. Like the Israelites we have all sinned and become estranged from God, but we are rescued by Jesus lifted up on the Cross.

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WHAT RIGHT HAVE WE TO JUDGE?

Liturgical Colour: 

Dan. 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62 & Jn. 8:1-11

The two readings for today correspond perfectly: women accused of adultery are about to be stoned to death but, at the last moment, they are rescued by 'saviours' … Daniel and Jesus.

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WHEN RELIGION BECOMES UNHEALTHY

Liturgical Colour: 

Jn. 8: 1-11

When a woman guilty of adultery was brought to Jesus by the Scribes and Pharisees they reminded Him that, according to the Law of Moses, she should be stoned but they wanted to know what He would recommend. His response took them totally by surprise.

“If there is anyone of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Knowing they had been outsmarted, these self-righteous guardians of public morality, one by one, beginning with the eldest, melted into the crowd.

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ARE WE GUILTY OF SELF-DECEPTION?

Liturgical Colour: 

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.

Father Francis's picture

IS OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY OBVIOUS?

Liturgical Colour: 

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.

Father Francis's picture

"WHOEVER KEEPS MY WORD..."

Liturgical Colour: 

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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