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Sixth Week of Ordinary Time

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 11:1-7 & Mk. 9:2-13

What is faith? It is defined and then illustrated by the lives of three illustrious Old Testament figures in the First Reading today. Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than his brother Cain; Noah feared God and built an ark to save his family; Enoch was taken up to Heaven and did not experience death.

These men were pleasing to God because by faith they obeyed God and accepted His lordship, even though they did not understand what God asked of them.

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WORDS AND ACTIONS

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 11:1-9 & Mk. 8:34-39

Men decided to build a tower which would reach heaven and so make a name for themselves in the First Reading today. But this tower at Babel was done with no reference to God - and the result was disastrous. Their language was confused by God and this brought disunity upon them.

In contrast the day would come when the Father and His Son Jesus would, at Pentecost, send the Holy Spirit who moved people of many languages to unite in a single voice in the praise of God.

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GOD’S STANDARDS ARE NOT OURS!

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 9:1-13 & Mk. 8:27-83

A rainbow appears in the sky when the sun shines and the storm has passed. It was used by God as a symbol of his mercy and love, promising to Noah that never again would all living creatures be destroyed. Despite its awesome beauty and ethereal life, the rainbow will not let us forget the evil men did and the devastation of the flood.

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SEEING THE HAND OF GOD IN HAPPENINGS ON EARTH

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 8:6-13, 20-22 & Mk.8:22-26

Without water there can be no life on our planet. But from the story of Noah we witness its devastating effects. The story reveals that only God can control water and when it oversteps its bounds He alone can make it subside.

From the dove Noah learns that the flood has subsided and offers pleasing sacrifice to the Lord who smelt the sweet fragrance and said, “Never again will I strike down every living thing as I have done.”

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JUSTICE WILL COME IN TIME

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10 & Mk. 8:14-21

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MURDER STILL CRIES OUT TO GOD FOR VENGEANCE

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 4:1-15, 25 & Mk 8:11-13

Cain and Abel were the first two sons of Adam and Eve. We are not given the reason but Cain's sacrifice to God, from the produce of the land, did not please God whereas Abel's, the first born of his flock, did making Cain so jealous that it led him to murder his brother. Murder is always a terrible crime, a sin that cries out to God for vengeance.

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KEEPING THE LAW IS NOT ENOUGH!

Liturgical Colour: 

Mt. 5:20-22, 27-28, 33-34, 37

Every society has its laws. We may not like them - but they are absolutely necessary. Try to imagine a modern city without laws to regulate the flow of traffic. No one would be safe on the streets!

Suppose our tax system was based entirely on voluntary donations. The government would surely cease to operate for lack of funds, and those depending on Social Security would be left destitute.

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JUSTICE WILL COME IN TIME

Gen. 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10 & Mk. 8:14-21

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MURDER STILL CRIES OUT TO GOD FOR VENGEANCE

Gen. 4:1-15, 25 & Mk 8:11-13

Cain and Abel were the first two sons of Adam and Eve. We are not given the reason but Cain's sacrifice to God, from the produce of the land, did not please God whereas Abel's, the first born of his flock, did making Cain so jealous that it led him to murder his brother. Murder is always a terrible crime, a sin that cries out to God for vengeance.

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IS THERE A SECRET SIDE TO YOUR LIFE?

Lev. 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1 & Mk. 1:40-45

Can you keep a secret? Even something dramatic, unusual and exciting? Most of us can hardly resist the temptation to tell someone! Do we sympathize then with the man in today's Gospel reading?

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