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THE GOOD HABIT OF EXAMINING OUR CONSCIENCE

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. 7:1-9 & Mt. 11:20-24

We all like to hear good things about ourselves! This is especially true when we go to a doctor with the hope that there is nothing seriously wrong with us. Doctors would be doing a great disservice if they were to pretend that we are in good health when actually we are not. Their real kindness and concern are shown in telling us the truth and indicating what we must do for our health.

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WHAT DO THE CHOICES WE MAKE SAY ABOUT US?

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. l:11-17 & Mt. 10:34-11:1

A bribe is some kind of payment given with a view to perverting the judgement or corrupting the conduct of a person in a position of power.
It is a selfish rather than a generous act. In contrast a gift is an expression of love with no strings attached and nothing expected in return.

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WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?

Liturgical Colour: 

Amos 7:12-15; Mk. 6:7-13

Love Jesus with all your heart and do as He tells you - and you are sure to receive opposition. The great Saint Paul once asked the rhetorical question, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Experience, both in his own life and in the life of every committed follower of Christ since him, tells the painful truth that even with God on your side quite a crowd of folks will be arrayed against you!

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GOD LOVES US AND NEVER BEARS A GRUDGE

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. 6:1-8 & Mt. 10:24

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GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

Liturgical Colour: 

Hos. 14:2-10 & Mt. 10:16-23

Hosea is the prophet of God's love. Yesterday we saw how His love was touching and tender. He presented God as a Father who scoops His child, Israel, into His arms and presses him against His cheek. Today, fully aware of Israel's disobedience, he cries out, "Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God." His words easily make us think of the parable of the prodigal son returning to His Father. That too is a touching and tender scene, an image of how God completely loves us despite our failures.

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THERE IS NO LIMIT TO GOD'S LOVE

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 & Mt. 10:7-15

Today's reading is one of the high points of the Old Testament revelation about God. Hosea is the prophet of God's love despite the infidelity of His people. He is famous for His image of God as a husband who continues to love an adulterous wife and who searches to bring her back home. Today's reading in a sense is even more beautiful because it prepares us for the teaching of Jesus that God is truly our Father.

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 & Mt. 10:1-7

A bleak picture of Israel is presented in today's first reading. The more luxurious the life of the people became, the more altars and shrines they built to pagan gods. The more affluent they were, the less faithful they were to God. The prophet Hosea tried to warn them, but the fact is that in 732 BC part of the northern kingdom was destroyed by Assyrian armies, and the rest fell to these forces ten years later.

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BEING CRUEL TO BE KIND

Liturgical Colour: 

Hos. 8:4-7, 11-13 & Mt. 9:32-38

Hosea is known as the prophet of love. It was he who gave the people God's message, “I will betroth you to myself forever.” It must have been difficult for the prophet of love to pronounce the warnings found in the First Reading. On first hearing this does not have the ring of a lover's voice, and yet his words are motivated by nothing other than love.

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JESUS IS CONCERNED ABOUT EVERYONE OF US

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22 & Mt. 9:18-26

We can never fully appreciate the depth and intensity of God's love for us. The reason is that all we can do is to compare His love with what we already know about love from human experience, and that experience can never match the realm of God's love for us.

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WHAT KIND OF HONOUR DOES JESUS WANT FROM US?

Liturgical Colour: 

Mk. 6:1-6

Going home is usually one of life's most eagerly anticipated experiences, especially when we have been away for a long time. It seems reasonable to assume, then, that Jesus had a similar feeling for the small town of Nazareth where He had almost 30 years - before His ministry called Him away.

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