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GOD IS IN CONTROL OF THE FUTURE

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John 14:23-29

It was on the eve of His death that the words of today’s Gospel were spoken by Jesus to His Apostles. He knew what was going through their minds and wanted to prepare them for the future. They were not naïve and wanted to champion His cause but they could see the clouds of hostility gathering momentum.

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WE WILL FOLLOW YOU

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Acts. 16:1-10 & Jn.15:18-21

Saint Paul had drawn up his itinerary. But there had to be changes “when they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came to Troas.” Obviously the Holy Spirit had other plans!

It was revealed to Paul one night in a vision, “Come across to Macedonia and help us.” He wasted no time for he was convinced that God had called him to bring the Good News to the people of Macedonia. Paul could claim that he was truly guided by the Holy Spirit.

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THE REAL CHALLENGE OF LOVE

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Acts. 15:22-31 & Jn. 15:12-17

When the pagans converted to Christianity there was bound to be a difficult period of adjustment. They needed guidance but they were receiving conflicting advice from leading Jewish converts and even some of the apostles. Should converts from paganism accept circumcision before they could become Christians? The apostles held a council and decided to simplify matters. They did not want to burden the pagans with inessential rules and mentioned only three prohibitions: food sacrificed to idols, meat from strangled animals and fornication.

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TRUE LOVE IS NOT BURDENSOME

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Acts. 15:7-21 & Jn. 15:9-11

Jesus commands His disciples to love one another, but He first says that He loves them as the Father loves Him. The Father loves the Son with perfect and infinite love and this same love is shown by Jesus for us. We can never exhaust the full depths of this mystery, but we can ask the Lord to show us more and more fully how unfailing and inexhaustible is His love for us.

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"I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES."

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Acts. 15:1-6 & Jn. 15:1-8

When Jesus tried to explain to His disciples Who He was, He used several different images … the Good Shepherd leading them, the Bread of Life feeding them, the Gateway to the Father and, in today's Gospel, He says "I am the Vine."

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CIRCLES OF LOVE

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Acts. 14:19-28 & Jn. 14:27-31

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HOW JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO US AS THE CHRIST

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Acts. 14:5-8 & Jn. 14:21-26

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SAY, “I LOVE YOU” WITH DEEDS

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John 13: 31-33, 34-35

When we make our thanksgiving after Holy Communion if there are three words that Jesus longs to hear from us, they are “I love you.” Am I right in saying that so often when we make our thanksgiving we make so many requests for things we want; we pour out all our problems asking the help of the Lord, and we forget to say those simple words, “I love you.” Those are the words Jesus wants to hear.

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JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR WITH GOD THE FATHER

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Acts.13:44-52 & Jn. 14:7-14

We often hear the expression, 'Their loss is our gain.' How true it is in relation to the Jews in Antioch who rejected Paul and Barnabas: they directed their efforts of conversion to the Gentiles as a result. The words spoken by God about Paul were now to come true, “I have made you a light for the nations, so that My salvation may reach the ends of the earth.” From now Paul would be known as the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles’.

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A HEAVENLY HOME IS PREPARED FOR US

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Acts. 13:26-33 & Jn. 14:1-6

The leaders of the Jewish community failed to recognize Jesus for who He was, the fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, and had Him executed. This is what Saint Paul said in the Antioch synagogue, in today's first reading, before making the point, “We have come here to tell you the Good News. It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children that God has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the first psalm, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.”

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