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BETTER TO HAVE GOD ON YOUR SIDE THAN BE RICH

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Jer. 26:11-16, 24 & Mt. 14:1-12

Sometimes nothing seems quite right in this world. Not only do the rich become richer and the poor get poorer, but the powerful become more powerful and the weak get weaker. Evil appears to triumph and good is defeated.

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WE ARE CALLED TO BUILD UP GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH

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Jer. 26:1-9 & Mt. 13:54-58

When Jeremiah preached he had no idea that all of his work was really going to bear fruit in one person. Nor did he even suspect that there would be similarities between that person and himself. Had he known this, perhaps his mission would have seemed easier and his burden lighter.

That one person was, of course, Jesus Christ Who like Jeremiah preached a message of repentance, but with little of his harshness. His message was really overladen with love despite His meeting with rejection and rebuff as had Jeremiah.

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WE WERE FORMED IN GOD'S IMAGE!

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Jer. 8:1-6 & Mt. 13:47-53

What is God really like? None of us knows but in today's First Reading there is a helpful insight. Jeremiah watched a potter at work, carefully moulding and shaping his clay into a vessel. If it did not come out as planned, he simply reworked it until he achieved the right shape.

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WHEN LIFE IS HARD GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

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Jer. 15:10, 16-21 & Mt. 13:44-46

Jeremiah had a difficult and frustrating mission in trying to call the people of his time to repentance. He could have identified with our modern expression about banging your head against a brick wall! Nor did Jeremiah hesitate to complain to God: he felt abandoned having been given his mission - and he let Him know how he felt.

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HOW DO WE REACT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

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Jer. 14:17-22 & Mt. 13:36-43

When disasters occur we often look for someone to blame. It's the government's fault. It's our neighbour's fault. It's God's fault. It happened, too, in the time of Jeremiah when, apparently, Judah was suffering from war and drought.

Some people looked around for others to blame for the calamity, indignant that in their innocence they had to suffer. Still others believed that they had better find someone other than God to help them, but not Jeremiah who tells us how we should react in times of adversity.

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WHY A TINY MUSTARD SEED IS SYMBOLISM FOR JESUS AND THE APOSTLES

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Jer. 13:1-11 & Mt. 13:31-35

Jeremiah was commanded to use a visual aid as a means to illustrate the decay in the people's relationship with God. The rotted loin cloth, no longer fit for use, was a symbol of Israel's corruption.

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YOU ARE UNIQUE ...

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Jn. 6:1-15

What do we know about the young boy in today’s Gospel? Very little! He was probably a peasant lad who lived in one of the villages on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He happened to have with him five barley loaves and two fish which his Mum had asked him to buy for their meal. Little did he know that for centuries to come, whenever this event related by the four evangelists was recalled, he would be mentioned.

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A GOOD LIFE CANNOT BUY HEAVEN FOR US

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Jer. 7:1-11 & Mt. 13:24-30

Jeremiah condemned the superstition of his time. Some of the people believed that simply because they possessed the temple in Jerusalem, God would favour them. Their triple invocation of 'the temple of the Lord,' was the indication of their superstition. It was as if they were saying, 'With the Temple in our midst, what more need be done?' Jeremiah's response was that there was more to be done - and that was to live an upright life.

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HOW GOD IS WITH US

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Jer. 3:14-17 & Mt. 13:18-23

There are different ways to receive God's word - joyfully and fruitfully, or with indifference, resentment and frustration. Sadly we can even just reject it. That is the meaning of today's Gospel parable.

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WE MUST NEVER TAKE GOD FOR GRANTED

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Jer. 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 & Mt. 13:1-17

Both of today's readings, I find, are very sad. God and His Son Jesus have done so much for us and we do not return the love and adoration He is due.

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