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ONLY JESUS CAN BRING US TO LIFE

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Jn. 11:1-45

Among the many amazing miracles of Jesus the raising of Lazarus ranks as the most astonishing and pre-eminent of all. The Jews believed that the soul of a dead person somehow remains in the body for three days, after which corruption sets in as it finally departs. This is why Martha objected to the opening of the tomb, “Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day” (John 11:39).

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JESUS KNOWS AND SHARES OUR FEAR

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Jn. 12:20-33

Jesus, the Son of God, was reaching the end of His mission. The time was rapidly approaching when He would give up His life on Earth so that the salvation of sinners could be accomplished. Jesus stood in our place, as a man like us in all things except sin, and today's Gospel reminds us of what His sacrifice meant in human terms.

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HOW MUCH EVIDENCE DO WE NEED?

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Exod. 32:7-14 & Jn. 5:31-47

After all God had done for His chosen people, saving them from the hand of Pharaoh and the Egyptians with wonders and miracles, they were fickle and unfaithful. They made for themselves a calf of molten metal to worship. To such a loving God they could not have been more ungrateful and stupid! As a result God wanted to abandon them but Moses pleaded with Him not to do so for their idolatry. His prayer was so powerful that God relents.

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CARRY YOUR CROSS WITH JESUS

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Wis. 2:1,12-22 & Jn. 7:1-2, 10,25-30

"The godless say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man since he annoys us.’” I am sure we can all recognise that situation. You try your best to do something worthwhile but there is always someone waiting to criticise you and thwart you. Life is full of trials and it sometimes seems as if the good people have a particularly hard time and the ‘baddies’ have an easy ride.

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THE RIGHT ROLE MODEL

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Is. 49:8-15 & Jn. 5:17-30

A desolate cry is heard in today's first reading, “The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.” This is so untrue! The Lord is quick to reassure us and could there be a warmer response? “Does a mother forget the baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you.”

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FROM THE HEALING HAND OF JESUS

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Ezek. 47:1-9,12 & John 5:1-3, 5-16.

The theme of life-giving water dominates the readings and texts of today’s Mass beginning with the Entrance Antiphon, “Come to the waters, all who thirst; though you have no money, come and drink with joy.”

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BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE

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Is. 65:17-21 & Jn. 4:43-54

The coming of an era when redemption would begin with the death and resurrection of Christ was foretold by Isaiah, and in today's Gospel we see the court official experiencing the start of this redemption.

Is it true that when we meet trouble our initial reactions are almost always negative? We feel frightened, helpless and insecure. We ask, 'Why me?' We wish it had never happened and, most of all, that it would go away. Yet trouble can be the means of drawing us closer to Jesus as exemplified by the court official.

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WHAT JESUS DID FOR THE BLIND MAN AND FOR US

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Jn. 9:1-41

When we start having problems with our vision we can begin to appreciate what it must be like for blind people to have lost their eyesight through illness or accident. But what about congenital blindness? We cannot begin to imagine what it must be like for a person who was born blind.

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WITH WHOM DO WE COMPARE OURSELVES?

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Hosea 5:15-6:6 & Lk, 18:9-14

Two men went into the Temple to pray. Their prayers were quite different. One was a Pharisee, a religious and respected man in the community. At the back of the Temple was a tax collector, a man who was despised by most people.

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WHAT IS OUR HEART'S DESIRE?

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Hosea 14:2-10 & Mark 12:28-34

Return to the Lord who will heal people's wounds and recreate them as new beings. This is the plea of Hosea in the first reading. The result of our returning to God will bring about the flowering of new life. “He shall bloom like the lily, and thrust out roots like the poplar.”

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