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LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE AND SORROW

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1 Jn.2:18-21 & Jn. 1:1-18

Nearly 2,000 years ago John, the Beloved Apostle of Jesus, referred to his days as “the last days” reminding us that one day will be, indeed, the last day, and then a new Earth and Heaven will begin.

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LIVING FOR GOD

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Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2: 36-40

In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has to offer. They are not permanent as are the offerings of the Father.

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CALLED TO BE PROPHETS

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Jn.: 2:3-11 Luke 2: 22-35

Once again in today’s first reading John touches on the subject of love. “Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light.” When we have learned to control our tongue, to repay good for evil, to forgive … it is then that we walk in the light of Christ.

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A FEAST FOR TODAY'S VICTIMS

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1 Jn. 5:5-2:2 & Mt. 2:13-15

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LEARNING TO GROW UP

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Luke 2:41-52

Growing up is never easy for anyone. A happy and stable background helps immeasurably. And at school the understanding and encouragement of teachers is vital. But maturity is not guaranteed by the passing of time. What does it mean to grow up? We can answer that question by observing the maturing process in the life of Jesus.

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FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

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Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How many families feuds continue, for example, even when the original cause has been forgotten?

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LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE AND SORROW

1 Jn.2:18-21 & Jn. 1:1-18

Nearly 2,000 years ago John, the Beloved Apostle of Jesus, referred to his days as “the last days” reminding us that one day will be, indeed, the last day, and then a new Earth and Heaven will begin.

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LIVING FOR GOD

Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2: 36-40

In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has to offer. They are not permanent as are the offerings of the Father.

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CALLED TO BE PROPHETS

Jn.: 2:3-11 Luke 2: 22-35

Once again in today’s first reading John touches on the subject of love. “Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light.” When we have learned to control our tongue, to repay good for evil, to forgive … it is then that we walk in the light of Christ.

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REASONS FOR CHURCH GOING

Lk. 2:22-40

We believe that Jesus pre-existed with God the Father and the Holy Spirit before He became man to be born in Bethlehem. His home life in Nazareth did not create His character in the same way that our home life shaped ours. Yet Mary and Joseph must have helped in some way to influence Jesus’ humanity because of their good example to Him. And they are a marvellous example for parents who desire to point their children to God. One of the two stories Luke provides from Jesus’ childhood is our text for today.

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