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Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

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HOW READY WE ARE TO BLAME OTHERS

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Gen. 3:9-24 & Mk 8:1-10

Human nature never changes! When God asked Adam if he had eaten from the tree from which he was forbidden, Adam was quick with his excuse, "Don't blame me, blame the woman you gave me.” When Eve was asked what she had done, she was not going to take the blame either, "Don't blame me; blame the serpent in the grass."

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WITH JESUS ON OUR SIDE WE NEED NEVER FALL

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Gen. 3:1-8 & Mk. 7:31-37

The origin of sin in our world is presented in Genesis in symbolic language. The serpent stands for Satan, the source of all temptations. The man and woman, symbolic of the entire human race, are not satisfied with all that God has done for them and want more, trying to put themselves in God's place. They abandoned Him and disobeyed Him. The tragic result was the opposite of what they hoped for; instead of becoming like God, they lost God's favour and everything He had given them.

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PRAISE FOR UNSHAKEABLE FAITH AND INDOMITABLE PERSISTENCE

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Gen. 2:18-25 & Mk. 7:24-30

Marriage should be a lasting relationship between one man and one woman, and that within marriage sex should find its fulfilment. This is what God intended as evident in the reading from Genesis today.

Sexual love is meant to express a relationship between a husband and wife so profound and so intimate that they say to each other, “I love you completely, exclusively and forever."

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HOW DO WE CHOOSE TO USE GOD'S GIFT OF FREEDOM?

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Gen. 2:4-9, 15-17 & Mk. 7:14-23

When God created the world He gave people a special power setting them apart from all other creatures. That power is freedom.

Unlike animals we are not completely controlled by instinct. A hungry animal confronted with food, has no option but to eat. A hungry person can, for whatever reason, choose not to eat. The Bible uses the symbol of food to illustrate our freedom. God wants us to choose the things that He tells us are truly good, not those things which merely appear good.

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GOD HAS CREATED ALL THINGS GOOD

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Gen.1:20-24 & Mk 7:1-13

Modern scientific knowledge gives us some idea of the vastness of our Universe in which we can seem rather insignificant creatures. But the book of Genesis tells us a different story.

It says that God created our world and everything in it, and saw that it was very good. He created people in His own likeness, giving them a dignity above other creatures. His only Son became a man and lived on our Earth, which proves how much God thought of the Earth and the human race.

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HOW GENEROUS IS GOD AND HIS SON TO US

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Gen. 1:1-19 & Mk. 6:53-65

Today we begin reading the beautiful poetic account of creation. The purpose of the inspired author, who is thought to be Moses, was not to present a scientific explanation of the origin of the world. His was a religious purpose. Science attempts to unravel the facts of how the world came to be. Genesis presents God as the Creator of all things in a picturesque fashion.

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FINDING GOD IN THE COMMONPLACE

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1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 & Mk. 7:1-13

King Solomon's temple was said to be one of the wonders of the ancient world. This was not because of the wealth of materials and craftsmanship that went into the making of it but was a reflection of God's indwelling presence in that human place. That's the wonder that Solomon celebrated in his prayer of dedication, “The heavens cannot contain You. How much less this house that I have built!”

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THE MASS IS A DYNAMIC REALITY

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Kings 8:1-7, 9-13. & Mk. 6:53-56.

There is a jubilant scene in today's first reading. King Solomon offered sacrifices before the Ark of the Covenant which the priests had placed in the new temple. It represented the presence of God in His new house. The joy and enthusiasm of the people was intense.

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ABOVE ALL JESUS IS OUR SAVIOUR

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Luke 5:1-11

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HOW READY WE ARE TO BLAME OTHERS

Gen. 3:9-24 & Mk 8:1-10

Human nature never changes! When God asked Adam if he had eaten from the tree from which he was forbidden, Adam was quick with his excuse, "Don't blame me, blame the woman you gave me.” When Eve was asked what she had done, she was not going to take the blame either, "Don't blame me; blame the serpent in the grass."

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