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Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

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LIVING UNDER AUTHORITY

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Gen. 18: 1-15 & Mt. 8:5-11

The story of Abraham greeting three strangers who are out in the scorching noon heat of the desert has given endless interest to preachers and artists. Did the three strangers represent the Trinity they wonder.

Abraham’s hospitality is extremely generous. His guest tells him that next year he at the age of 99 will have a son. Sarah, who was well past the age of child bearing, was listening with amusement. The news made her laugh. The child born to them was Isaac and, through him, Abraham was to become the father of a great nation.

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GOD’S CARE FOR US

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Gen. 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 & Mt. 8:1-4

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GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY – ARE WE?

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Gen. 15:1-12,17-18 & Mt. 7:15-20

If there is anything in particular that we look for in human relationships, it is trustworthiness. Without this there can be no relationships at all. We want to be able to depend on a friend's word. We want someone who will keep his or her promises.

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FOLLOW THE PATH OF THE LORD

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Gen. 13:2, 5-18 & Mt. 7:6,12-14

Some people make it their rule of life to look after number one because, as they will tell you, if they don't then nobody else will. Abraham was not of that mind. When his herdsmen and those of his nephew, Lot, quarrelled over grazing rights for their flocks, he allowed Lot to take his choice of the richer portion of the land.

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WE COUNT MORE THAN A FLOCK OF SPARROWS!

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Jer. 20:10-13; Rom. 5:12-15; Mt. 10 26-33

Some of us fail to recognise our worth. The world has many ways of putting us down. More often than not, it simply ignores us! A sense of our own self-worth is difficult to build, and even more difficult to maintain. Today's Gospel reading addresses this fact.

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WE ALL LIVE UNDER AUTHORITY!

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Lam. 2:2, 1-14, 18-19 & Mt. 8:5-17

The Book of Lamentations has been called the 'Book of Tears' as it expresses the agony, distress, horror and grief over the fall of Jerusalem. When reading today's passage my thoughts went straight to the bombed towns of Syria and the devastation, desolation and weeping. It appears the only One who can help them is the Lord. “Stretch out your hands to Him for the lives of your children who faint with hunger at the entrance to every street.”

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GOD IS OUR LOVING FATHER

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2 Kings 25:1-12 & Mt. 8:1-4

An important event in Jewish history, the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, is told in today's first reading. The king was captured and tortured, his sons were murdered and his people were deported to Babylon. The writer evidently intended this event to be remembered, for he states the actual day when it occurred.

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THE ROCK ON WHICH TO BUILD OUR LIVES

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2 Kings 24:8-17 & Mt. 7:21-29

Solomon's son, Rehoboam, burdened his people with heavy taxes to maintain the Temple. This split the nation into two kingdoms, Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The kings of the newly-established northern kingdom gradually led the people to idolatry. As a result, God allowed the northern kingdom to be crushed by the Assyrians.

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WHAT A RICH INHERITANCE IS OURS!

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2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 & Mt. 7:15-20

Imagine one day when you open your mail and find a letter from a solicitor. A distant relative whom you have never met has died and named you in his will. You have inherited a fortune! After the shock of disbelief you begin to plan what you will do with all the money.

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NO ONE CAN FRUSTRATE THE PLANS OF GOD

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2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 & Mt. 7:6, 12-14

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, had destroyed the northern kingdom of lsrael and led the people off into slavery. He intended to do the same with Judah whose king, Hezekiah, knew that his people would be like an infant trying to confront a giant. So he did the best of all things and turned to God in earnest prayer.

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