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WHAT THE BAPTISM OF JESUS MEANS TO US

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Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Along with Mary and Joseph, I have always found Jesus’ behaviour at the age of 12 very puzzling. Being the Son of God He could do no wrong and He must have been a very obedient, thoughtful and loving Child. Surely He must have known that His three day stay in Jerusalem, without His parents’ knowledge, would cause them much heartache? Why then did He worry His parents and not tell them that He wanted to stay in Jerusalem and talk to the doctors of the temple?

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DO WE UNDERSTAND JOHN THE BAPTIST'S BURNING AMBITION?

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1 Jn. 5:14-21 & Jn. 3:22-30

We who belong to God are being encouraged by Saint John in today's first reading to pray confidently to Him, for He will hear us if whatever we ask of Jesus is in accordance with His will. That is good news that we should never forget!

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THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE!

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1 Jn. 5:5-13 & Lk. 5:12-16

“Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (v. 5). Our faith in Jesus, the Son of God, is the victory that overcomes the world. To believe in Jesus the Son of God is to believe in the Incarnation: that God became man and dwelt among us, was crucified for us and on the third day rose again and ascended into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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SPREAD THE NEWS

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1 Jn. 4:19-5:4 & Lk. 4:14-22

The people of Nazareth had been waiting with great excitement for Jesus to return to His home town. When He stood up and spoke to them in their synagogue they were delighted with His words because He brought them Good News. He told them that He was the one referred to in Isaiah’s prophecy, the one sent to say to the world, “God loves you.”

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PERFECT LOVE CALMS OUR FEAR

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Jn. 4:11-18 & Mk. 6:45-52

We can sympathize with the apostles for being afraid. It was dark and they were in a boat in the middle of a stormy lake, and then they saw what looked like a ghost walking over the water. But of what were they afraid? Was it the storm? I don’t think so. Being seasoned fishermen they must have learned to weather many a storm on the Sea of Galilee. It was more likely to be the ghostly apparition approaching them. Not for a moment did they think it was Jesus. That is why He had to say “Do not be afraid. It is I.”

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WITH JESUS' HELP WE CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

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1 Jn. 4:7-10 & Mk. 8:34-44

No miracle seems to have made more of an impression on Jesus’ disciples than when he multiplied loaves and fishes and fed a multitude, for this is the only miracle that is related in all the four Gospels.

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BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

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Jn. 3:22-4:6 & Mt. 4:12-17, 23-25

“There are many false prophets, now in the world.” This was John’s warning to Christians of his own time, and it is still true today. People are searching for meaning and guidance in their lives and there is no shortage of “experts” who will try to show them the supposed way. Today’s prophets are subtle, persuasive and offer easy solutions. They know how to use modern communication techniques and manipulate the media.

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JESUS, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD

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Mt. 2:1-12

Saint Matthew’s Gospel is the most distinctively Jewish of the four. More than the others it seeks to establish that Jesus is the true Messiah of the Jews.

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HOW WE MUST LOVE

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1 Jn. 3:11-21 & Jn. 1:43-45

From the beginning when our first parents lived in harmony loving each other came naturally. Once sin entered our world that harmony was destroyed. Instead of being filled with love and concern for each other we are tempted with feelings of envy and hatred. This was the sin of Cain who murdered his brother.

John calls us back to our original state to love each other. He even goes so far as to tell us to lay down our lives for each other, just like Jesus demonstrated his love for us.

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NEW BEGINNINGS

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Jn. 3:7-10 and Jn. 1:35-42

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