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WITH WHAT AUTHORITY DOES JESUS SPEAK TO US?

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1 Cor. 2:10-16 & Lk. 4:31-37

In how many different languages is Mass said around the world every day? And what language does God use when He speaks to us as individuals? It is not any human language, in fact, for He speaks to us through the Spirit.

We can learn something about God through using the intellect He has given us, by reading and thinking about the Scriptures. But to get the best from them we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR US!

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1 Cor. 2:1-5 & Lk. 4:16-30

In his preaching Saint Paul did not resort to the philosophical rhetoric of his day. He was but a tent maker who spoke a simple message relying on the power of the Spirit, not human ingenuity. The result was that some of the Corinthians were not prepared to accept him. They would have preferred flowery language.

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OUR WORSHIP MUST BE SINCERE

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Deut. 1:1-2, 6-8 & Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15; 21-23

What type of Catholics are we? Is our worship and love of God sincere or do we just give Him lip-service? When we read today’s Gospel we have to admit from Our Lord’s assessment that the Pharisees fall into the second category. They meticulously followed the traditions of the elders without any real love for God. But Jesus could read their hearts and labelled them as hypocrites.

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ARE WE USING OUR TALENTS FOR GOD?

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1 Cor. 1:26-31 & Mt. 25:14-3

In a first class hotel the prime table goes to those people who give the head waiter a handsome tip. That is not God's way. In an expensive department store the person who is smartly dressed, and who spends the most, will be helped before the people who are less affluent. That is not God's way. The label of 'VIP' - very important person - applies only to those who are considered to be prominent citizens. That is not so with God. You will never find God running after a film star or a professional athlete to get his or her autograph!

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WE MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE LORD’S COMING

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1 Cor. 1-17-25 & Mt. 25:1-13

The city of Corinth was a cosmopolitan centre in the first century, similar to places like today’s London or New York. There was some influence of Greek philosophy but the people were worldly wise who would not easily take to the Gospel. It was a miracle of grace that St Paul could win even a few converts there and it was not surprising that some of them began to fall away - Christianity is not a doctrine which appeals to the worldly wise!

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ARE WE READY FOR CHRIST TO COME AGAIN?

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1 Cor. 1:1-9 & Mt. 24:42-51

In the port of Corinth, which was known as 'Sin City' around 50 AD, St Paul founded a Christian community. He admitted that he approached his work with trepidation because of the city's moral depravity and its pagan worship. With God's grace he made converts but later, when he was preaching in Ephesus, he received disturbing news that they had fallen into serious errors both in doctrine and practice.

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BE NOT LIKE THE PHARISEES

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2 Thess. 3:6-10, 16-18 & Mt. 23:27-32

Some of the Thessalonians were so convinced that Jesus would come very soon that they gave up working. They thought if Jesus' second coming is imminent what was the point of ploughing, sowing and harvesting? St Paul told them how he had worked when he was among them and had not wanted to be a burden to them. They must carry on working, too, and was very strong in his condemnation of those who could work and didn’t … they were not to be fed.

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PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST FOR THE DAY HE RETURNS

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2 Thess. 2:1-3 & Mt. 23:23-26

Problems in their church prompted St Paul to write his second letter to the Thessalonians. Many members of it were preoccupied with the second coming of Jesus and certain self-styled experts in biblical prophecy were warning that the Day of the Lord was at hand. This stirred a lot of unease in the congregation. Some people were terrified because they did not feel prepared for the end. Others were so convinced that the end would be soon that they quit their jobs and abandoned their homes.

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ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR CHURCH?

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2 Thess. 1:1-5, 11-12 & Mt. 23:13-22

We hear people brag about how well their children are doing at school, how much they enjoy driving their sports car, how beautiful is their garden and how wonderful are their holidays. There is nothing wrong in taking pride in these things. They play an important part in our lives.

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IF YOU LEAVE OUT CHRIST ...

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Jn. 6:60-69

A group of people came to a fork in the road in today's Gospel reading - and headed in different directions. That fork in the road was Christ and only some of them decided to go with Him.

Christ is that kind of figure. His very presence in the world demands a decision. We must go through life either with Him or without Him. If a person decides to live without Christ, will that decision make any difference in the success or failure of their life? My answer would be 'Yes!'

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