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GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

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Hos. 14:2-10 & Mt. 10:16-23

Hosea is the prophet of God's love. Yesterday we saw how His love was touching and tender. He presented God as a Father who scoops His child, Israel, into His arms and presses him against His cheek. Today, fully aware of Israel's disobedience, he cries out, "Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God." His words easily make us think of the parable of the prodigal son returning to His Father. That too is a touching and tender scene, an image of how God completely loves us despite our failures.

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BE NOT PREJUDICED

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Amos 8:4-6, 9-12 & MT. 9:9-13

There is an obvious connection between today's two readings - they both condemn greed and injustice. Amos criticises those businessmen who exploit the poor and make huge amounts of money for themselves by dishonest means. In Jesus' time the tax collectors were also regarded as crooks.

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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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BASE YOUR LIVES ON HEAVENLY TREASURE THAT LASTS

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2 Kings 11:14, 9-18, 20 & Mt. 6:19-23

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ARE WE LISTENING FOR GOD’S GENTLE VOICE?

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1 Kings 19:9, 11-16 & Mt. 5:27-32

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HIS WORDS DELIGHT OUR HEARTS

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2 Tim. 3:10-17 & Mk. 12:35-37

"Ever since you were a child you have known the holy scriptures." Could these word of Saint Paul to Timothy be said of you and me? Those of us who belong to the older generation can remember that knowledge of the Bible was restricted to the Gospels and some of the Paul's letters!

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HOW PRECIOUS EACH ONE OF US IS IN GOD’S EYES

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1 Peter I:18-25 & Mk 10:32-45

When we use the phrase that someone is worth their weight in gold we are trying to express how precious is that person. But with fluctuations in the price of gold these days it is hard to say what a person is worth!

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JESUS CONDEMNS DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

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James 5:9-12 & Mk. 10:1-12

We are not to grumble against one another but, according to Saint James, help and encourage each other in every way possible. We must try to act towards one another as God acts towards us, as in today's responsorial psalm, "The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy."

We must be truthful and people of our word - 'yes' should mean yes and 'no' must mean no.

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DO WE ALLOW GOD'S LOVE INTO OUR HEARTS?

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Acts. 25:13-21 & Jn. 21:15-19

Paul is now in Caesaria; he is a Roman citizen and has appealed his case to the emperor, and now he awaits the royal decision.

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THE REAL CHALLENGE OF LOVE

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Acts. 15:22-31 & Jn. 15:12-17

When the pagans converted to Christianity there was bound to be a difficult period of adjustment. They needed guidance but they were receiving conflicting advice from leading Jewish converts and even some of the apostles. Should converts from paganism accept circumcision before they could become Christians? The apostles held a council and decided to simplify matters. They did not want to burden the pagans with inessential rules and mentioned only three prohibitions: food sacrificed to idols, meat from strangled animals and fornication.

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