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SHOWING WE HAVE THE GIFT OF FAITH

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Acts. 4:13-21 & Mk. 16:9-15

Faith is a gift from God. It is not something we can earn or acquire by our own efforts. No one knows why God apparently gives it to one and not to another. A person can read the whole Bible, study the best of theologians, listen to the most persuasive of preachers and still not have the faith.

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THE DISILLUSIONED APOSTLES ARE REASSURED

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Acts. 4:1-12 & Jn. 21:1-14

Bewildered by recent events and wondering what to do with their lives, the apostles decided to go fishing again in today's Gospel reading. After a fruitless night a man they did not at first recognise appeared on the shore and helped them to catch a huge haul of fish. When John realised that it was Jesus he pointed this out to Peter. Peter was so excited that he jumped into the water and waded ashore, to find Jesus preparing a breakfast of fish and bread.

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NOT A GHOST BUT THE RISEN CHRIST

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Acts. 3:11-26 & Lk. 24:35-48

The apostles needed a great deal of reassuring that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had already appeared to them on Easter Sunday and shown them His wounded body to prove that He was alive and risen. Yet it appears from today's Gospel reading that there were still doubts in their minds.

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GOD’S PLANS ARE SO DIFFERENT FROM OURS

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Acts. 3:1-10 & Lk. 24:13-35

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FROM TEARS OF SORROW TO TEARS OF JOY

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Acts. 2:36-41 & Jn. 20:11-18

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THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL

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Acts. 2:14, 22-33 & Mt. 28: 8-15

One of the striking things about Jesus’ Resurrection appearances is that each time He meets someone He sends them on a mission to tell others the good news. They are to be His witnesses of the new Easter truth that He is risen.

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THE GIFT OF CONFESSION

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Of all the Sacraments we receive Confession is the most unpopular. The majority of us do not like to admit we are wrong, that we are sinners? Jesus knows how beneficial it is for us to be honest with God and ourselves and to admit that we are sinners and to be sorry for our sins, and so He gave us this wonderful Sacrament. Where is the scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Confession?

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SHOWING WE HAVE THE GIFT OF FAITH

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 4:13-21 & Mk. 16:9-15

Faith is a gift from God. It is not something we can earn or acquire by our own efforts. No one knows why God apparently gives it to one and not to another. A person can read the whole Bible, study the best of theologians, listen to the most persuasive of preachers and still not have the faith.

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THE DISILLUSIONED APOSTLES ARE REASSURED

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 4:1-12 & Jn. 21:1-14

Bewildered by recent events and wondering what to do with their lives, the apostles decided to go fishing again in today's Gospel reading. After a fruitless night a man they did not at first recognise appeared on the shore and helped them to catch a huge haul of fish. When John realised that it was Jesus he pointed this out to Peter. Peter was so excited that he jumped into the water and waded ashore, to find Jesus preparing a breakfast of fish and bread.

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NOT A GHOST BUT THE RISEN CHRIST

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Acts. 3:11-26 & Lk. 24:35-48

The apostles needed a great deal of reassuring that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had already appeared to them on Easter Sunday and shown them His wounded body to prove that He was alive and risen. Yet it appears from today's Gospel reading that there were still doubts in their minds.

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