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BEING CRUEL TO BE KIND

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Hos. 8:4-7, 11-13 & Mt. 9:32-38

Hosea is known as the prophet of love. It was he who gave the people God's message, “I will betroth you to myself forever.” It must have been difficult for the prophet of love to pronounce the warnings found in the First Reading. On first hearing this does not have the ring of a lover's voice, and yet his words are motivated by nothing other than love.

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ANXIETY, WORRY AND LACK OF TRUST BRING DISAPPOINTMENT TO GOD

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Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12 & Mt. 8:23-27

Having entered into a covenant with His chosen people the response God expected was faith and love. Sadly, He did not get it. It was Amos' task to point out to the people that because no response was forthcoming from them, this relationship was doomed to failure.

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NO ONE CAN FRUSTRATE THE PLANS OF GOD

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Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 & Mt. 7:6, 12-14

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, had destroyed the northern kingdom of lsrael and led the people off into slavery. He intended to do the same with Judah whose king, Hezekiah, knew that his people would be like an infant trying to confront a giant. So he did the best of all things and turned to God in earnest prayer.

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WE MUST LOVE AND PRAY FOR OUR ENEMIES

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1 Kings 21:17-29 & Mt. 5:43-48

When the wife of King Ahab murdered Naboth, so that her husband could take over his vineyard, Ahab was guilty of approving his wife's handling of the whole sordid affair. God sent Elijah to Ahab to tell him of God's displeasure and the punishment that would be meted out to him and his wife.

What should not surprise us is that God delayed His sentence in order to give Ahab a chance to get his life in order. This is evidence of the truth that God loved Ahab despite his terrible sins, and yearned for his complete and final repentance.

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SALT OF THE EARTH AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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1 Kings 17:7-16 ; Mt. 5:13-16

What great compliments Jesus paid to His listeners when He called them “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. Had they ever thought of themselves in such glowing terms?

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THY KINGDOM COME

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2 Pet. 3:11-15, 17-18 & Mk. 12:13-17

Some people are born worriers and worry about things which are beyond their control. They even worry about when and how the end of the world will occur. They imagine it to be a frightening experience, as a result of hearing alarming descriptions such as today's first reading in which Saint Peter speaks of a terrible fire that will dissolve the sky and melt the Earth. If we were to take these words literally it would indeed be a terrifying experience, a complete annihilation of all forms of life.

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BUILDING YOUR FAITH ON TRUTH

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Jude 17, 20-25 & Mk. 11:27-33

An elderly man lay dying. Calling his grandson he shared with him the wisdom of his years. 'In all you do, seek the truth, not money because it cannot last, not fame because it will pass, not love for in love you can be deceived. Seek truth and you will find God, and in finding God you will find perfect love.'

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CHRISTIANITY HAS ITS OWN SET OF VALUES

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James 4:1-10 & Mk. 9:30-37

The values of Christianity are so different from those of the world.
This was a lesson the disciples of Jesus had to learn. In today's Gospel they can be seen as typical human beings in whom ambition like a deadly leech had taken hold.

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A JOB WELL DONE

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Acts. 20:17-27 & Jn. 17:1-11

There is a sense of sadness in today's readings as both Paul and Jesus reach the end of their mission on Earth and are bidding farewell to their friends and followers. Yet there is also a feeling of satisfaction and triumph for they both know that they have completed the work they were given.

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CIRCLES OF LOVE

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Acts. 14:19-28 & Jn. 14:27-31

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