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GOD WILL PROVIDE AND WHAT TYPE OF HEARER ARE YOU?

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Ex. 16:1-5, 9-15 & Mt. 13:1-9

God our loving Father continually cares for His people and He responds to human need. Even if a 'natural' explanation can be offered for the presence of the manna and quails in the Sinai Peninsula where the lsraelites were wandering, it is clear that the Bible wishes us to know that God Himself was the provider.

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HOW TO BE A RELATIVE OF JESUS

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Ex. 14: 21-1 5; 1 & Mt. 12: 46-50

Today's first reading always reminds me of the wonderful way in which the lsraelites’ crossing of the Red Sea was portrayed in the 'Ten Commandments' epic film. Those lsraelites who escaped must have seen the hand of God in their destiny. They had to admit that God alone was responsible for their freedom.

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WE SHOULD BE SATISFIED WITH GOD'S PLAN FOR US

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Ex. 14:5-18 & Mt. 12:38-42

There are some people in this world who are never satisfied. In a sense the Israelites mentioned in today's first reading were like that. After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, God was leading them into freedom. They should have known from His dealings with Pharaoh and the Egyptians what a powerful God He was and how He would look after them. But still they grumbled.

The same can be said of the scribes and Pharisees in the Gospel. After all Jesus had said and done, they were not satisfied. They wanted something more and something different.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTITUDE IN OUR LIVES

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Lk. 10:38-42

A dinner party that went sour is the focus of today's Gospel reading. It was a spontaneous event although we know that Jesus was a friend of the family. His Apostles were probably with Him for what could have been a very happy occasion, but it was spoilt because of the attitude of one person.

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FLIGHT INSTEAD OF FIGHT

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Ex. 12:37-42 & Mt. 12:14-21

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years, latterly in slavery, and although God had a plan to free them He was very patient in carrying it out. How often can we not see what God’s plan is in our own lives!

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WHAT I WANT IS MERCY NOT SACRIFICE

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Ex. 11:10-12, 14 & Mt. 12:1-8

The origin and meaning of the feast of the Passover is explained in today's first reading. This feast was to become a yearly celebration of Israel's deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. As the event of the Passover was the greatest in the history of the people, so the feast was the greatest celebration of the year.

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GOD’S NAME IS LOVE AND HE CARRIES OUR BURDENS

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Ex. 3:13-20 & Mt. 11:28-30

There is something special in a name. There is a certain intimacy in calling someone by their first name. It is virtually impossible to feel close to a person if you do not know their name.

God revealed His personal name to Moses: He wanted His people to know that He was a living and loving God, with Whom they could have a personal relationship. He was not like the pagan gods who can do nothing for the people who worship them.

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HOW OPEN ARE WE TO GOD'S CALLING?

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Ex. 3:1-6, 9-12 & Mt. 11:25-27

Throughout history God has always called people - both saints and sinners - to act on His behalf. They include the youthful Samuel to do a great work in Israel; Isaiah to speak a word of truth to wayward people; Our Blessed Lady to bear the Saviour of the world; Peter to build His church; Francis of Assisi to rebuild that church and Mother Teresa to minister the love of God to the suffering. Each was called from among the people to serve them according to God's will Who was always with them.

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GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL CARE OF MOSES AND OUR NEED TO REPENT

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Ex. 2:1-15 & Mt. 11:20-24

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JESUS COMES BEFORE ANY PERSON OR THING

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Ex. 1:8-14, 22 & Mt. 10:34-11.1

Today we begin reading the book of Exodus from the Old Testament which describes the providential events that form the foundation of Israel as God's chosen people.

Why is the Church so attached to the Old Testament and especially the book of Exodus? The basic reason is that the God of Israel is the God of Christians: there are not two Gods, one for the Jews of the past and one for us today as Catholics. We must remember that Jesus did not come to destroy the past but to bring it to fulfilment.

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