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WE NEED HUMILITY FILLED WITH GOOD SENSE

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James 3:13-18 & Mk. 9:14-29

The letter of Saint James is filled with practical advice for Christian living. In today's first reading he writes, "If there are any wise or learned men among you, let them show it by their good lives, with humility and wisdom in their actions." The surprising thing about this advice is that we do not ordinarily connect wisdom and humility.

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DEEPENING OUR FAITH

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Acts. 19:1-8 & Jn. 16:29-33

The key word in today's two readings is belief. In the first Paul travelled to Ephesus and found there a number of believers. They had been baptised by John and repented of their sins but when Paul questioned them, to his surprise, he discovered that there were huge gaps in their faith. He could not believe they had never heard of the Holy Spirit, nor of baptism in Jesus.

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HOW JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO US AS THE CHRIST

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Acts. 14:5-8 & Jn. 14:21-26

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SHARING THE FAITH

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Acts 11:1-18 & Jn. 10:11-18

If you had received some good news, would you keep it to yourself or would you want to share it with others? This was the question the early Christians had to ask themselves. The converts in Jerusalem were not prepared to share this good news with anyone who was not a Jew.

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HOW TO COPE WITH MISUNDERSTANDING

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Acts. 6:8-15 & Jn. 6:22-29

One of the most disheartening of human experiences is being misunderstood. Jesus knew how that felt. He worked great signs among His people and yet they failed to understand what He was trying to do for them. He wanted to draw these people to Himself as their Saviour and make them hunger for spiritual things, and all they were interested in was for Him to satisfy their material needs.

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WE NEED THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Acts. 4:23-31 & Jn. 3:1-8.

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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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ARE WE TRUE FRIENDS TO JESUS?

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Is. 42:1-7 & Jn. 12, 1-11

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WHAT RIGHT HAVE WE TO JUDGE?

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Dan. 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62 & Jn. 8:1-11

The two readings for today correspond perfectly: women accused of adultery are about to be stoned to death but, at the last moment, they are rescued by 'saviours' … Daniel and Jesus.

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BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE

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Is. 65:17-21 & Jn. 4:43-54

The coming of an era when redemption would begin with the death and resurrection of Christ was foretold by Isaiah, and in today's Gospel we see the court official experiencing the start of this redemption.

Is it true that when we meet trouble our initial reactions are almost always negative? We feel frightened, helpless and insecure. We ask, 'Why me?' We wish it had never happened and, most of all, that it would go away. Yet trouble can be the means of drawing us closer to Jesus as exemplified by the court official.

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