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WHOM DO WE RESPECT?

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Gen. 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28 & Mt. 21:33-43, 45-46

A lack of respect is the theme in both today's readings. In one a young man is rejected and ill-treated by his own brothers; in the other servants turn against their landlord.

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BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE

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Jer. 17:5-10 & Lk. 16:19-31

The fact that the rich man in today's Gospel ended his days in Hell indicates he led an evil life. And the fact that Lazarus ended his days in Heaven shows that despite his poverty he led a good life. Two different types of men are also featured in the first reading. One relied on himself and turned his back on God, which is what the rich man in the parable did. The other man put his trust in God, which is what the poor man Lazarus did.

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DO WE TRUST IN THE LORD?

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Jer. 18:18-2- & Mt. 20:17-28

'It's not fair!' Haven’t we all said this at some point of our lives? We’ve done our best and instead of being appreciated we are attacked and criticised. This is how Jeremiah felt because God had given him the job of speaking to the Jewish people, pointing out to them how they had gone astray, and leading them back to His friendship. All this was for their own good. Jeremiah had even prayed for them, that God would not punish them for their disobedience. Yet their only response was to plot his downfall and dig a pit for him.

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THE MEANING OF TRUE REPENTANCE AND HOW TO LEARN FROM BAD EXAMPLE

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Is. 1:10, 18-20 & Mt. 23:1-12

Repentance and conversion have to involve more than a mere verbal admission of guilt. They must show in actions as Isaiah points out in today's first reading, in a new way of living, in a change of attitude. We must take wrongdoing out of God’s sight and do good to the poor, orphans and widows. If we do then we can rejoice over the words, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall be like wool.”

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DO NOT JUDGE

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Dan. 9:4-10 & Lk. 6: 31-38

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WHEN AFRAID OF THE FUTURE

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Luke 9:28-36

Are you afraid of the future? Then let the story of the Transfiguration give you courage.

Jesus climbed Mount Tabor when His life was in danger to spend time in prayer, quietness and solitude. On reaching the top He prayed while Peter, James and John slept. He had brought them half way to Heaven, not for the view of the valley but for the view of the sky. While they slept Heaven descended on Jesus and, when the Apostles awoke, they saw Him in glory.

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ADVICE FOR US ON LOVING OUR NEIGHBOURS

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Deut. 26:16-19 & Mt. 5:43-48

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SEARCH YOUR HEARTS IN THIS TIME OF REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION

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Ez. 1 8:21-28 & Mt. 5:20-26,

"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven." What did Jesus mean in these words to His disciples? He was talking about those Pharisees who appeared to live good lives, upholding the law and performing all the necessary religious duties. They could not be faulted on their outward behaviour but Jesus knew that their goodness was often superficial. There was a vast difference between their appearance, and their inner thoughts and attitudes.

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DON'T GIVE UP ON GOD IN LIFE'S DIFFICULTIES

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Esther 14:1, 3-5, 12-14 & Mt. 7:7-12.

Is your Christian faith a means of escape from the hard realities of life? Our critics often argue that people who cannot face unpleasant facts run away and hide in a make-believe world of pleasant fantasies. I suppose you can say that for some individuals this might be true.

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HOW WILL WE BE JUDGED BY THE GENTILES OF THE PAST?

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Jonah 3:1-10 & Lk. 11:29-32

Crowds were following Jesus and listening to His preaching but He seemed to be having no effect on them because they insisted on asking for some sign as proof of His identity. They had seen the miracles He had performed and heard His words of wisdom but still they were not convinced.

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