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GOD’S LOVE FOR US - AND OUR LOVE FOR HIM

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2 Sam. 12:7-10, 13 & Lk. 7:36-8:3

The nature of love is such that it always evokes a response from the beloved. A person cannot remain neutral in the face of love: we respond either by accepting it or by rejecting it and behaving ungratefully.

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DO WE ACCEPT THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP?

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Kings 19:19-21 & Mt. 5:33-37

Elijah was a great prophet of the Old Testament and is sometimes presented as representing the essence of prophecy in lsrael. Before his death he was moved by God to appoint Elisha as his successor. Apparently Elisha was rather well off financially to judge from the fact that he owned 12 yoke of oxen and had several men in his employment. When called by Elijah he was at first somewhat reluctant, asking to spend a moment with his parents. Elijah grudgingly granted permission in a rather enigmatic way: "Go back, for have I done anything to you?"

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ARE WE LISTENING FOR GOD’S GENTLE VOICE?

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1 Kings 19:9, 11-16 & Mt. 5:27-32

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JESUS WANTS NO HALF MEASURES FROM US!

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1 Kings 18:41-46 & Mt. 5:20-26

"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not get into the kingdom of Heaven." What did Jesus mean by these words? I am sure the scribes and Pharisees wanted to get to Heaven but were just doing the bare minimum that would enable them to achieve their ambition. That was not enough for Jesus Who always wants us to give of our best, in everything that we do in life.

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HELP US TO LEAD OTHERS TO HEAVEN

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1 Kings 18:20-39 & Mt. 5:17-19

Traffic laws have been drawn up for very good reasons, for our safety, for respecting the rights of other drivers as well as our own, and for the welfare of pedestrians. They are the result of common sense, courtesy and respect for others. Abiding by them leads to fewer accidents; breaking them will most certainly increase the frequency of injuries and death.

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SALT OF THE EARTH AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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1 Kings 17:7-16 ; Mt. 5:13-16

What great compliments Jesus paid to His listeners when He called them “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. Had they ever thought of themselves in such glowing terms?

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TRUST IN GOD AND YOU WILL FIND HAPPINESS

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1 Kings 17:1-6 & Mt. 5:1-12

Anyone in the position of Elijah, the prophet, would have felt very insecure. He was called by God to warn Ahab to change his evil ways after marrying Jezebel, a very evil pagan with total influence over him. She made him abandon the God of Israel and worship the pagan Baal instead. He even went so far as to erect an altar to him in a temple he built. The Bible says of him that he did more to anger the Lord than any of the kings of Israel before him.

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THE COMPASSION OF JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk.7:11-17

How do you respond to the misfortunes of others? In a number of places the Gospel records that Jesus was "moved to the depths of His heart" when He met with individuals or groups of people. Our modern word compassion does not fully convey the deeper meaning of the original Hebrew which expresses heartfelt sympathy and personal empathy with the suffering person. Why was Jesus so moved on this occasion when He met a widow and a crowded funeral procession on their way to the cemetery?

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A LESSON FOR US HOW TO GIVE...

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2 Tim. 4:1-8 & Mk. 12:38-44

Preach the word of God with urgency and steadfastness, Saint Paul reminds Timothy in today's first reading. Not only was he to be a teacher but also a guardian to those people in his charge – an important, and at times unpleasant, task. To be a pastor means leading a 'flock' when sometimes you have to face accusations, false teachings and deviations from Jesus' true message. In those times, as today, many were preoccupied with myths and speculations, interpreting the Gospel to suit their whims.

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HIS WORDS DELIGHT OUR HEARTS

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2 Tim. 3:10-17 & Mk. 12:35-37

"Ever since you were a child you have known the holy scriptures." Could these word of Saint Paul to Timothy be said of you and me? Those of us who belong to the older generation can remember that knowledge of the Bible was restricted to the Gospels and some of the Paul's letters!

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