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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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HALLOWED BE THY NAME

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 11:19-26 & Jn. 10-30

Antioch, we are told in the first reading, is where the followers of Christ were first called Christians. For some people names are very important.

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IMITATING JESUS IN LIFE AND DEATH

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 7:51-8:1 & Jn. 6:30-35

Despite the fact that Jesus fed 5,000 people on raw fish and five loaves they wanted further proof of Who He was. I cannot believe they had the audacity to ask Him for another sign! Was that miracle not enough?

Making the point that it was not Moses who had fed their ancestors with manna in the desert, but His Father, He adds, “It is My Father who gives you the bread from Heaven, the true bread.”

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ARE WE LIVING AS GOD’S CHILDREN?

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 4:32-37 & Jn. 3:7-15

Could you, if you were well off, sell all you have to share it with those with little or nothing? It is asking a lot but this is precisely what the early Christians did. Through Baptism they were aware that they had all become God's children, and brothers and sisters to one another. They were indeed one family.

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FROM TEARS OF SORROW TO TEARS OF JOY

Liturgical Colour: 

Acts. 2:36-41 & Jn. 20:11-18

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HOW TO FACE UP TO OUR GUILT

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. 49:1-6 & Jn. 13:21-33. 36-38

Another of Isaiah's beautiful Servant Songs is in today's first reading:

“The Lord called Me before I was born, from My mother’s womb He pronounced My name.” We know that the name chosen by the Father for His Son was Jesus, which means “Saviour”, because He is to save His people from their sins.

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OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK, BUT NOT FOREVER!

Liturgical Colour: 

Num. 21:4-9 & Jn. 8:21-30

The Israelites grumble against Moses and are punished by biting serpents, but they are delivered by looking upon a bronze serpent erected by Moses following the directives of the Lord. Like the Israelites we have all sinned and become estranged from God, but we are rescued by Jesus lifted up on the Cross.

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FROM THE HEALING HAND OF JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Ezek. 47:1-9,12 & John 5:1-3, 5-16.

The theme of life-giving water dominates the readings and texts of today’s Mass beginning with the Entrance Antiphon, “Come to the waters, all who thirst; though you have no money, come and drink with joy.”

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