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Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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OUR TASK IS TO LIVE THE GOOD NEWS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES

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Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-25 & Mt. 10:24-33

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GOD IS FORMING AND SHAPING OUR LIVES

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Gen. 46:1-7, 28-30 & Mt. 10:16-23.

The story of Joseph reveals God's plan at work in today's first reading. When Jacob realised that his son was still alive he set out for Egypt despite his advance age to see him again. It was a meeting filled with tears of joy and, because Joseph enjoyed such good favour with Pharaoh, he was able to bring his whole family with him.

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GO SPREAD MY KINGDOM

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Gen. 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 & Mt. 10:7-15

Faced with famine Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to look for food. Their brother Joseph whom they had sold into slavery had risen to prominence there. In today's reading from Genesis we see how Joseph broke down in tears of joy at seeing them but the brothers were apprehensive, fearing that he would want to take revenge. However, he explained that his being sold into slavery was part of God's plan to place him in Egypt where he could save many people, including his own family, from starvation.

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JOSEPH RESCUED HIS FAMILY. JESUS RESCUES US

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 41:55-57, 42:5-7, 17-24 & Mt. 10:1-7

The story of Joseph in the Old Testament shows us how God guides the course of human events despite the evil intentions of some people.

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OUR CONSTANT STRUGGLE TO LOVE GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 32:23-33 & Mt. 9:32-38

To prevent his son Jacob from marrying a Canaanite woman, Isaac sent him off to Mesopotamia to find a wife. Today's reading omits his adventures there and takes up the narrative with him on his way home. The strange incident of his wrestling with a man, who eventually is shown to represent God, accounts for the origin of the new name given to Jacob by God - Israel which seems to mean ‘struggle with God' and is the name of the people descended from him. The change indicates that he owed his position as father of the lsraelites to God alone.

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THE INFINITE LOVE OF AN INFINITE GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 28:10-22 & Mt. 9:18-26

Having deceived his father into giving him the blessing his brother should have received Jacob left home, because of the trouble he had caused in the family, and now his life was in danger. He wandered all day and then stopped for the night in a desolate place. As he slept he had a strange dream of a ladder reaching from Earth to Heaven which angels were going up and down.

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WHAT RECEPTION WOULD WE GIVE JESUS?

Liturgical Colour: 

Mk 6:1-6

Most of us like to go home, especially when we have been away for a long time. We look forward to being hugged and greeted by family and friends.

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GOD LOVES US AND NEVER BEARS A GRUDGE

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. 6:1-8 & Mt. 10:24

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GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

Liturgical Colour: 

Hos. 14:2-10 & Mt. 10:16-23

Hosea is the prophet of God's love. Yesterday we saw how His love was touching and tender. He presented God as a Father who scoops His child, Israel, into His arms and presses him against His cheek. Today, fully aware of Israel's disobedience, he cries out, "Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God." His words easily make us think of the parable of the prodigal son returning to His Father. That too is a touching and tender scene, an image of how God completely loves us despite our failures.

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THERE IS NO LIMIT TO GOD'S LOVE

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 & Mt. 10:7-15

Today's reading is one of the high points of the Old Testament revelation about God. Hosea is the prophet of God's love despite the infidelity of His people. He is famous for His image of God as a husband who continues to love an adulterous wife and who searches to bring her back home. Today's reading in a sense is even more beautiful because it prepares us for the teaching of Jesus that God is truly our Father.

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