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JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR WITH GOD THE FATHER

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Acts.13:44-52 & Jn. 14:7-14

We often hear the expression, 'Their loss is our gain.' How true it is in relation to the Jews in Antioch who rejected Paul and Barnabas: they directed their efforts of conversion to the Gentiles as a result. The words spoken by God about Paul were now to come true, “I have made you a light for the nations, so that My salvation may reach the ends of the earth.” From now Paul would be known as the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles’.

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A HEAVENLY HOME IS PREPARED FOR US

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Acts. 13:26-33 & Jn. 14:1-6

The leaders of the Jewish community failed to recognize Jesus for who He was, the fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, and had Him executed. This is what Saint Paul said in the Antioch synagogue, in today's first reading, before making the point, “We have come here to tell you the Good News. It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children that God has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the first psalm, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.”

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ARE WE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST?

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Acts. 13:13-25 & Jn.13:16-20

We find Paul in the synagogue at Antioch in today's first reading. Invited to speak he gives a lesson in history, from the sojourn of the Jews in Egypt, their rescue by God, their wandering in the desert and the subsequent periods of the judges and Kings, to the coming of John the Baptist and Jesus.

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JESUS’ WORDS WILL BE OUR JUDGE

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Acts. 12:24-13:5 & Jn. 12:44-50

According to Saint John the words of today's Gospel were the very last of Jesus' public ministry. From then He will concentrate on teaching His Apostles.

John tells us that Jesus 'cried out' these words. The cry reflects a passionate and heartfelt desire for people to believe Him. He has performed many signs. He has demonstrated His love and brought the good news to the people. He has taught them at great length. But on the whole, despite all this, they have not believed.

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HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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Acts. 11:19-26 & Jn. 10-30

Antioch, we are told in the first reading, is where the followers of Christ were first called Christians. For some people names are very important.

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SHARING THE FAITH

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts 11:1-18 & Jn. 10:11-18

If you had received some good news, would you keep it to yourself or would you want to share it with others? This was the question the early Christians had to ask themselves. The converts in Jerusalem were not prepared to share this good news with anyone who was not a Jew.

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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

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John 10:11-18

This is Good Shepherd Sunday and Vocation Sunday. A little thought can help us to see the connection between the two titles. In today’s Gospel Jesus compares a “hired man” a “good shepherd” - the difference was their level of commitment at the point of crisis. There would come a day in the lonely desert when the flock was threatened by wolves. The hired man would flee in order to save his own life but the good shepherd would stay and, if necessary, die protecting the flock.

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JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR WITH GOD THE FATHER

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts.13:44-52 & Jn. 14:7-14

We often hear the expression, 'Their loss is our gain.' How true it is in relation to the Jews in Antioch who rejected Paul and Barnabas: they directed their efforts of conversion to the Gentiles as a result. The words spoken by God about Paul were now to come true, “I have made you a light for the nations, so that My salvation may reach the ends of the earth.” From now Paul would be known as the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles’.

Father Francis's picture

A HEAVENLY HOME IS PREPARED FOR US

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 13:26-33 & Jn. 14:1-6

The leaders of the Jewish community failed to recognize Jesus for who He was, the fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, and had Him executed. This is what Saint Paul said in the Antioch synagogue, in today's first reading, before making the point, “We have come here to tell you the Good News. It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children that God has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the first psalm, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.”

Father Francis's picture

ARE WE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST?

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 13:13-25 & Jn.13:16-20

We find Paul in the synagogue at Antioch in today's first reading. Invited to speak he gives a lesson in history, from the sojourn of the Jews in Egypt, their rescue by God, their wandering in the desert and the subsequent periods of the judges and Kings, to the coming of John the Baptist and Jesus.

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