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LETTING DOWN THE FAMILY

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Kings 11:4-13 & Mk. 7:24-30

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'CREATE A CLEAN HEART WITHIN ME'

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1 Kings 10:1-10 & Mk. 7:14-23

King Solomon was a man of legend who achieved great things during his reign. He raised strong armies, negotiated treaties and constructed beautiful cities. Most significantly of all, he built a temple that was the glory of his people.

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FINDING GOD IN THE COMMONPLACE

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30 & Mk. 7:1-13

King Solomon's temple was said to be one of the wonders of the ancient world. This was not because of the wealth of materials and craftsmanship that went into the making of it but was a reflection of God's indwelling presence in that human place. That's the wonder that Solomon celebrated in his prayer of dedication, “The heavens cannot contain You. How much less this house that I have built!”

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THE MASS IS A DYNAMIC REALITY

Liturgical Colour: 

Kings 8:1-7, 9-13. & Mk. 6:53-56.

There is a jubilant scene in today's first reading. King Solomon offered sacrifices before the Ark of the Covenant which the priests had placed in the new temple. It represented the presence of God in His new house. The joy and enthusiasm of the people was intense.

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ABOVE ALL JESUS IS OUR SAVIOUR

Liturgical Colour: 

Luke 5:1-11

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THE VALUE OF UNSELFISH PRAYER

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Kings 3:4-13 & Mk. 6:30-34

The prayer of Solomon pleased God because it was an unselfish prayer. The gift he asked for, although for himself, was to benefit others. He was a young king who wanted to govern his people well, so he asked for the ability to judge wisely and fairly.

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GOD FORGIVES AND FORGETS OUR SINS

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Eccles. 47:2-11. & Mk. 6:14-29

The book of Ecclesiasticus was written many centuries after the death of King David. It looked back upon his life in much the same way as do with our national heroes, such as Nelson and Churchill, whose virtues we remember while forgetting or ignoring their faults. The author recalled David's considerable faults with only a fleeting reference.

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DAVID’S LAST MOMENTS

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 & Mk. 6:7-13

David knows his death is near and so, very peacefully and in a calm voice, he speaks his last words to Solomon, his son and king to be. He had witnessed so much death in his long life; most of those who were very close to him in this world had already gone to their rest. For them he had wept bitter tears.

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PLACING OUR COMPLETE TRUST IN GOD

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2 Sam. 24:2, 9-17 & Mk. 6:1-6

What is wrong in having a census? It might have been that David was acting as a prudent ruler but, in doing so, he offended God.

A head count gave a king power over his subjects, a little like the power that tax records and driver's licenses give modern governments. Census results could be milked for information about levying taxes, conscription for the army, or even finding able-bodied workers for forced labour.

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CHRIST CAME TO DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE

Liturgical Colour: 

2 Chron. 36:14-16,19-23; Eph. 2:4-10 & Mk. 1:21-28.

People were profoundly affected both by the things Jesus said and the way that He said them. In today's Gospel Mark deals with the reaction of His listeners. Most of the people were favourably impressed. “He spoke unlike the scribes and taught with authority” but one man was plainly offended. "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?" Mark explains his behaviour by saying he "was possessed by an unclean spirit" and he saw Jesus as a threat to his present way of living.

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