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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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DEEPENING OUR FAITH

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Acts. 19:1-8 & Jn. 16:29-33

The key word in today's two readings is belief. In the first Paul travelled to Ephesus and found there a number of believers. They had been baptised by John and repented of their sins but when Paul questioned them, to his surprise, he discovered that there were huge gaps in their faith. He could not believe they had never heard of the Holy Spirit, nor of baptism in Jesus.

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HOW GREAT IS GOD’S LOVE FOR US

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Ecclus. 17:1-15 & Mk. 10:13-16

Praise of humanity and its unique place in God’s creation is the theme of the First Reading today. He made us in His own image and master of His Creation over every beast and bird. Only man and woman, of all God’s creatures, was given the freedom to choose good and reject evil. And they alone, of all God’s creatures, can voice praise to the Creator. With them He made an eternal covenant. All this tells us how much God loves us and how indebted we are to Him.

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FRIENDSHIP AND MARRIAGE

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Ecclus. 5:5-17 & Mk. 10:1-12

A true and faithful friend is something beyond price. And friendship is the topic of the First Reading today. True friendship should reflect the loving relationship in God, in the three Persons of the Holy Trinity, in Whom you will find no jealousy, possessiveness nor lack of trust. A friend is always there for you, the best person to have around in time of need.

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WE HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED!

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Ecclus. 5:1-8 & Mk. 9:41-50

There is some very wise advice for us from the author of Ecclesiasticus in the First Reading today. It can be summed up in these few words, “Do not rely on our wealth or upon our strength and when we have sinned we are to be swift in returning to the Lord. We must not take advantage of God’s compassion and mercy.”

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LOVE OF WISDOM AND AN ECUMENICAL SPIRIT

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Ecclus. 2:11-19 & Mk. 9:38-40

The author of Ecclesiasticus instructs his readers to seek wisdom for they will be filled with happiness, inherit honour and be loved and blessed by the Lord - and their life will be secure. Should they be unsure and fear life’s trials, wisdom will lead them back to the straight road. However, as he warns those who abandon wisdom, they will be handed over to their fate.

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CARRYING THE CROSS AND SERVING OTHERS

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Ecclus. 2:1-11 & Mk. 9:30-37

Words of practical wisdom are offered by the First Reading's author today. They concern the problem of human suffering. No matter what comes our way we must be patient and endure heavy crosses. We are to be helped by studying the lives of those who have gone before us. They trusted in God and were not disappointed.

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WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS WE STILL CAN HAVE RECOURSE TO PRAYER

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Ecclus. 1:1-10 & Mk. 8:11-13

The book of Ecclesiasticus was written approximately 200 years before the birth of Christ. Its author Ben Sirach is worried that his fellow Jews were adopting the customs and outlook of pagan Greeks. Through his writing he wanted to bring them back to their religious traditions.

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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

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Lk. 6:27-38

A teenage girl wants to have her nose pierced and wear a ring in it. Her mother refuses to give permission. Her daughter says, "Please, Mum, everyone is doing it." A teenage boy wants to get a tattoo. His father says, "No way." His son says, "But Dad, everyone is doing it." His wise father replies, "What if everyone jumps off a cliff, do you plan to jump too?"

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

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Heb. 11:1-7 & Mk. 9:2-13

What is faith? It is defined and then illustrated by the lives of three illustrious Old Testament figures in the First Reading today. Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than his brother Cain; Noah feared God and built an ark to save his family; Enoch was taken up to Heaven and did not experience death.

These men were pleasing to God because by faith they obeyed God and accepted His lordship, even though they did not understand what God asked of them.

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