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

Liturgical Colour: 

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?

Liturgical Colour: 

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?

Liturgical Colour: 

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

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JESUS WANTS NO HALF MEASURES FROM US!

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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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