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THERE IS NO LIMIT TO GOD'S LOVE

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Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 & Mt. 10:7-15

Today's reading is one of the high points of the Old Testament revelation about God. Hosea is the prophet of God's love despite the infidelity of His people. He is famous for His image of God as a husband who continues to love an adulterous wife and who searches to bring her back home. Today's reading in a sense is even more beautiful because it prepares us for the teaching of Jesus that God is truly our Father.

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NEVER JUDGE BY APPEARANCES

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Amos 7:10-17 & Mt. 9:1-8

Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, considered Amos obnoxious and insufferable, because he preached that everyone in the kingdom of lsrael should repent. This included the king and the priests. He persuaded the king to get rid of Amos, not only because he took his preaching as an insult, but because he held him in contempt.

He considered him a nobody. He wasn't a prophet in his own right. He was nothing more than a shepherd and dresser of sycamores. On top of all this he was not from Israel but from the hated south of Judah.

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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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GOD IS OUR FATHER WHOM WE CAN APPROACH WITH CONFIDENCE

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Eccl. 48:1-14 & Mt. 6:7-15

Today's first reading is a poem in honour of Elijah, the prophet. He was truly a great man who spoke to God's people in His name. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, there appeared with Him both Moses who represented the Law and Elijah who represented the prophets.

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JESUS WANTS NO HALF MEASURES FROM US!

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1 Kings 18:41-46 & Mt. 5:20-26

"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not get into the kingdom of Heaven." What did Jesus mean by these words? I am sure the scribes and Pharisees wanted to get to Heaven but were just doing the bare minimum that would enable them to achieve their ambition. That was not enough for Jesus Who always wants us to give of our best, in everything that we do in life.

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DO WE LIVE OUR MISSION AND MESSAGE OF LOVE?

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2 Tim. 2:8-15 & Mk. 12:28-34

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DO WE GIVE ALL FOR JESUS?

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1 Pet. 1:10-16 & Mk. 10:28-31

The role of a prophet is explained by Saint Peter when he says, “It was this salvation that the prophets were looking and searching for, their prophecies were about the grace which was to come to you.” Out of love for God the prophets bolstered up the people with great hope that a new era would dawn upon the world.

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NO SACRIFICE IS TOO MUCH IF IT STOPS US FROM COMMITTING DEADLY SINS

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James 5:1-6 & Mk. 9:41-50

All of us are sinners and Saint James is warning us about the consequences of the injustices we have done. The wrongs over the years and the people we have hurt will be shown to us at our judgement. We may have forgotten many of the injustices we committed but the people we harmed probably have not forgotten the wrong we did. Nor has the Lord. So while we have time let us put to rights the wrongs we have done.

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RECOGNISING OUR UNITY

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Acts. 22:30, 23:6-11 & Jn. 17:20-26

The event described in today's first reading takes place in Jerusalem when the Sanhedrin put Paul on trial. He acts very cleverly to take the pressure off himself by professing his belief in the resurrection of the dead and creates a conflict between the Pharisees who believe in this and the Sadducees who do not.

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TRUE LOVE IS NOT BURDENSOME

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Acts. 15:7-21 & Jn. 15:9-11

Jesus commands His disciples to love one another, but He first says that He loves them as the Father loves Him. The Father loves the Son with perfect and infinite love and this same love is shown by Jesus for us. We can never exhaust the full depths of this mystery, but we can ask the Lord to show us more and more fully how unfailing and inexhaustible is His love for us.

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