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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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A HEAVENLY HOME IS PREPARED FOR US

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Acts. 13:26-33 & Jn. 14:1-6

The leaders of the Jewish community failed to recognize Jesus for who He was, the fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, and had Him executed. This is what Saint Paul said in the Antioch synagogue, in today's first reading, before making the point, “We have come here to tell you the Good News. It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children that God has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the first psalm, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.”

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JESUS IS PRESENT IN PEOPLE AND IN THE EUCHARIST

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Acts. 9:1-20 & Jn. 6:52-59

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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

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Acts. 5:34-42 & Jn. 6:1-15

Another conflict between the apostles and the Sanhedrin is recorded in today's first reading. This time they have an unexpected defender in the influential Pharisee Gamaliel who speaks wisely when he says if this Christianity is not from God it will disappear as other religious movements have done. But if it is from God then leave them for we are sure to be fighting a losing cause against none other than God.

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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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THE PIETA - A MEDITATION

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Assured that Pontius Pilate had given permission for the Body of Jesus to be taken down from the Cross, the centurion nods to Joseph of Arimathea to begin the task. He cannot help but notice the gentle and reverential manner in which Jesus’ friends work, in stark contrast to the brutal and unfeeling way his soldiers handled and nailed Jesus to the Cross.

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IS OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY OBVIOUS?

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Jer. 20:10-13 & Jn. 10:31-42

Both Jeremiah and Jesus are confronted by enemies in today's readings who are filled with hatred and murderous intent. Jeremiah is so confident that God will never desert Him. He believes the Lord is at his side as a ‘mighty hero’ and his opponents will stumble and fall.

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HOW MUCH EVIDENCE DO WE NEED?

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Exod. 32:7-14 & Jn. 5:31-47

After all God had done for His chosen people, saving them from the hand of Pharaoh and the Egyptians with wonders and miracles, they were fickle and unfaithful. They made for themselves a calf of molten metal to worship. To such a loving God they could not have been more ungrateful and stupid! As a result God wanted to abandon them but Moses pleaded with Him not to do so for their idolatry. His prayer was so powerful that God relents.

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