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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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JESUS’ WORDS WILL BE OUR JUDGE

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Acts. 12:24-13:5 & Jn. 12:44-50

According to Saint John the words of today's Gospel were the very last of Jesus' public ministry. From then He will concentrate on teaching His Apostles.

John tells us that Jesus 'cried out' these words. The cry reflects a passionate and heartfelt desire for people to believe Him. He has performed many signs. He has demonstrated His love and brought the good news to the people. He has taught them at great length. But on the whole, despite all this, they have not believed.

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THE CROWN BY WAY OF THE CROSS

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Acts. 8:1-8 & Jn. 6:35-40

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GOD IS LOVE

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Acts. 5:17-26 & Jn. 3:16-21

How actively and effectively the Lord worked among the early Christians in Jerusalem is shown by today's first reading. He was not going to allow the spread of the good news of the resurrection to be limited or stopped by those who had crucified Jesus. Once again we see how powerfully transforming was the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles who fearlessly placed themselves at His disposal to spread the good news.

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GOD’S PLANS ARE SO DIFFERENT FROM OURS

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Acts. 3:1-10 & Lk. 24:13-35

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THE TRAGEDY OF BETRAYAL

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Is. 50:4-9 & Mt. 26:14-25

The grim details of the torment of the Suffering Servant are foretold by Isaiah in today's first reading. He will be beaten, his beard will be plucked out, and he will be spat upon.

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NO FREEDOM WITHOUT HOLINESS

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Dan. 3:14-20, 24-25, 28 & Jn. 8:31-42

What is freedom? Does it mean doing whatever we wish, going wherever we please, having everything we want? Today's readings tell us that we can only find true freedom when our lives are centred, not on ourselves, but on the one true God.

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THE RIGHT ROLE MODEL

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Is. 49:8-15 & Jn. 5:17-30

A desolate cry is heard in today's first reading, “The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.” This is so untrue! The Lord is quick to reassure us and could there be a warmer response? “Does a mother forget the baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you.”

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