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Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

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THE MASS – THE ANTIDOTE TO THE POISON OF MATERIALISM

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34 & Mk. 8:1-10

After the death of Solomon, the kingdom was split in two. Jeroboam, who had fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of Solomon, returned to rule the northern kingdom. In the southern kingdom Jerusalem was the place of worship. Where were the people of the northern kingdom to worship? Jeroboam decided to set up official places of worship within his own territory. But very soon the inevitable happened. Pagan beliefs and practices were introduced and the people fell away from worshipping the one true God.

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JESUS BRINGS UNITY AND PEACE OUT OF CHAOS

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1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 & Mk. 7:31-37

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LETTING DOWN THE FAMILY

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Kings 11:4-13 & Mk. 7:24-30

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'CREATE A CLEAN HEART WITHIN ME'

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1 Kings 10:1-10 & Mk. 7:14-23

King Solomon was a man of legend who achieved great things during his reign. He raised strong armies, negotiated treaties and constructed beautiful cities. Most significantly of all, he built a temple that was the glory of his people.

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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

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

Luke 5:1-11

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HOW READY WE ARE TO BLAME OTHERS

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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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