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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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ARE WE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST?

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Acts. 13:13-25 & Jn.13:16-20

We find Paul in the synagogue at Antioch in today's first reading. Invited to speak he gives a lesson in history, from the sojourn of the Jews in Egypt, their rescue by God, their wandering in the desert and the subsequent periods of the judges and Kings, to the coming of John the Baptist and Jesus.

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BREAD FOR ETERNITY

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Acts. 8:26-40 & Jn. 6:44-51

When Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him”, He is telling us that it is the Father who draws souls to Him. Those individuals who heard Christ’s words and were drawn to Him that day were doing so because of a gift of faith from the Father. If we today have faith in Christ, it also is a gift from the Father, who wants to draw us to His Son. If we have doubts or weakness in faith, we should ask the Father to draw us nearer to His Son, and to help us believe with our whole heart and mind.

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BELIEVING IN JESUS AND WORKING FOR HIM IS ALL THAT MATTERS

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Acts. 5:27-33 & Jn. 3:31-36

To let everyone know in Jerusalem that Jesus had risen and that He offered them eternal life was the one intention on the minds of the apostles after Pentecost. This angered the religious authorities. They forbade them to preach about Jesus but Peter responded that it was better to obey God than men.

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NOT A GHOST BUT THE RISEN CHRIST

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Acts. 3:11-26 & Lk. 24:35-48

The apostles needed a great deal of reassuring that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had already appeared to them on Easter Sunday and shown them His wounded body to prove that He was alive and risen. Yet it appears from today's Gospel reading that there were still doubts in their minds.

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JESUS' PARTING GIFTS FOR US

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Exod. 12:1-14; 1 Cor. 11:23-26 & Jn. 13:1-15

When Our Lord was preparing Himself for His Last Supper with His apostles, what was on His mind? He was going to abolish the Old Covenant and establish the New Covenant to leave Himself with us in the Holy Eucharist. He was also going to ordain His first priests who would continue His work on Earth. Much was to be done in that short space of time! And He knew, of course, what would happen tomorrow. Even though the Crucifixion was His victory over Satan it would cost Him His very life. As a man He was scared and frightened.

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"WHOEVER KEEPS MY WORD..."

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Gen. 17:3-9 & Jn. 8:51-59.

God in the first reading makes a covenant with Abram and promises to make him the father of a multitude of nations. Because of this He changes his name from Abram to Abraham.

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CARRY YOUR CROSS WITH JESUS

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Wis. 2:1,12-22 & Jn. 7:1-2, 10,25-30

"The godless say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man since he annoys us.’” I am sure we can all recognise that situation. You try your best to do something worthwhile but there is always someone waiting to criticise you and thwart you. Life is full of trials and it sometimes seems as if the good people have a particularly hard time and the ‘baddies’ have an easy ride.

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