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THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

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Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 & Mt. 10:1-7

A bleak picture of Israel is presented in today's first reading. The more luxurious the life of the people became, the more altars and shrines they built to pagan gods. The more affluent they were, the less faithful they were to God. The prophet Hosea tried to warn them, but the fact is that in 732 BC part of the northern kingdom was destroyed by Assyrian armies, and the rest fell to these forces ten years later.

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WE ONLY LIVE WHEN WE LOVE

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Amos 5:14-15, 21-24 & Mt. 8:28-34

A story is told about a king who was making a tour of his kingdom. He came across a very old man working in his vineyard. He asked him his age. 'Your Majesty, I am four years old!' The king laughingly protested until he explained, 'Your majesty, I count only those moments I have faithfully served the Lord. Those were the only moments I lived.'

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WHAT A RICH INHERITANCE IS OURS!

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2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 & Mt. 7:15-20

Imagine one day when you open your mail and find a letter from a solicitor. A distant relative whom you have never met has died and named you in his will. You have inherited a fortune! After the shock of disbelief you begin to plan what you will do with all the money.

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GOD COMMUNICATES THROUGH HUMAN BEINGS

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2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18

Elijah was an important figure in the Old Testament. He was regarded as the greatest of God’s prophets. He was a representative of God who spoke and acted in His name. In fact, until the time of Christ, God dealt chiefly with His people through prophets. And so when Elijah died, God saw to it that his place was taken by Elisha.

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HELP US TO LEAD OTHERS TO HEAVEN

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1 Kings 18:20-39 & Mt. 5:17-19

Traffic laws have been drawn up for very good reasons, for our safety, for respecting the rights of other drivers as well as our own, and for the welfare of pedestrians. They are the result of common sense, courtesy and respect for others. Abiding by them leads to fewer accidents; breaking them will most certainly increase the frequency of injuries and death.

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“WE BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY”

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2 Tim. 1:1-3, 6-12 & Mk. 12:18-27

There is such confidence and conviction in Saint Paul's writings to Timothy - he has no doubts about his credentials and mission. He is convinced that God has appointed him and his mission is to promise life in Christ Jesus. The man who had persecuted the Church with such voracity is forever grateful to God, for His mercies and for keeping his conscience clear.

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WHAT OUR NEW BIRTH MEANS

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1 Pet. 1:3-9 & Mk. 10:17-27

One of the main purposes of the first letter of Saint Peter, which we begin reading today, is to indicate the importance of Baptism, a new birth, in the life of a Christian.

This beautiful reading is positive and uplifting in tone. It reflects the happiness of proud parents as they announce the birth of a child, a new life they have brought into the world. Baptism, too, is the begetting of new life, the life of faith, which leads to an imperishable inheritance. This life is a gift from God.

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AN ECUMENICAL SPIRIT

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James 4:13-17 & Mk. 9:38-40

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NEVER GIVE UP HOPE

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Acts. 20:28-38 & Jn. 17:11-19.

St. Paul was aware that there is no more deadly obstacle to the spread of the Gospel than divisiveness among those who claim to be Christian. So he warns his hearers to be on their guard remembering all the hard work he had done to build them into a community.

Paul then reviews his life as a missionary. He tells the truth about his accomplishments, how hard he has worked for them, not asking for a penny for his efforts and reminds them of Our Lord’s words, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”

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"I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES."

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Acts. 15:1-6 & Jn. 15:1-8

When Jesus tried to explain to His disciples Who He was, He used several different images … the Good Shepherd leading them, the Bread of Life feeding them, the Gateway to the Father and, in today's Gospel, He says "I am the Vine."

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