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WHAT A RICH INHERITANCE IS OURS!

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2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 & Mt. 7:15-20

Imagine one day when you open your mail and find a letter from a solicitor. A distant relative whom you have never met has died and named you in his will. You have inherited a fortune! After the shock of disbelief you begin to plan what you will do with all the money.

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NO ONE CAN FRUSTRATE THE PLANS OF GOD

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Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 & Mt. 7:6, 12-14

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, had destroyed the northern kingdom of lsrael and led the people off into slavery. He intended to do the same with Judah whose king, Hezekiah, knew that his people would be like an infant trying to confront a giant. So he did the best of all things and turned to God in earnest prayer.

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WE ARE BEING WARNED AND WE MUST NOT JUDGE

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2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 & Mt. 7:1-5

A tragedy which had been brewing for many years is the subject of today's first reading. It was the destruction of the northern kingdom, Israel, and its capital Samaria in 721 BC, by the mighty Assyrian armies. The conquered people were deported in disgrace and the northern kingdom was never the same again. The disaster was of their own making because of their infidelity to God despite the repeated warning of the prophets.

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WHY JESUS HAD TO SUFFER AND DIE

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Luke 9:19-24

One day when Jesus was alone with His Apostles He told them that He must suffer, experience rejection, and eventually be put to death. Jesus was such a wonderful Man, in love with life, His friends and His work. He had every reason to live. Why must He die?

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PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD - HE WILL LOOK AFTER YOU

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2 Chronicles 24:17-25 & Mt. 6:24-34

Joash was the legitimate heir to the throne of King David. It was the priest Jehoida who saw to it that he was rightly installed as king. Joash began his reign well, but when the priest died, things started to fall apart. Evil princes persuaded him to allow a return to pagan practices. When Zechariah, the son of the priest Jehoida, admonished him the king ordered his stoning to death. As a result of his evil, God permitted the Aramaeans to invade Judah and bring disaster on the land.

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BASE YOUR LIVES ON HEAVENLY TREASURE THAT LASTS

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2 Kings 11:14, 9-18, 20 & Mt. 6:19-23

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GOD IS OUR FATHER WHOM WE CAN APPROACH WITH CONFIDENCE

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Eccl. 48:1-14 & Mt. 6:7-15

Today's first reading is a poem in honour of Elijah, the prophet. He was truly a great man who spoke to God's people in His name. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, there appeared with Him both Moses who represented the Law and Elijah who represented the prophets.

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GOD COMMUNICATES THROUGH HUMAN BEINGS

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2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18

Elijah was an important figure in the Old Testament. He was regarded as the greatest of God’s prophets. He was a representative of God who spoke and acted in His name. In fact, until the time of Christ, God dealt chiefly with His people through prophets. And so when Elijah died, God saw to it that his place was taken by Elisha.

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WE MUST LOVE AND PRAY FOR OUR ENEMIES

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1 Kings 21:17-29 & Mt. 5:43-48

When the wife of King Ahab murdered Naboth, so that her husband could take over his vineyard, Ahab was guilty of approving his wife's handling of the whole sordid affair. God sent Elijah to Ahab to tell him of God's displeasure and the punishment that would be meted out to him and his wife.

What should not surprise us is that God delayed His sentence in order to give Ahab a chance to get his life in order. This is evidence of the truth that God loved Ahab despite his terrible sins, and yearned for his complete and final repentance.

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THE MERCY OF GOD IS UPON TO ALL OF US

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1 Kings 21:1-16 & Mt. 5:38-42

Ahab was an evil king but his wife Jezebel was even worse. Not satisfied with all his possessions as king, he wanted Naboth's vineyard. Fully within his rights, he refused to sell. But Jezebel perpetrated his terrible murder and told her husband that he could now take the vineyard without paying for it.

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