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THE JOY OF REAL RELIGION

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MT. 18:12-14

We Catholics believe in God. We have accepted the moral code of Jesus and make attempts to live it. We are involved in the Church and receive her Sacraments. We can recite the Creed. Do our lives radiate gladness, that joy, that shines forth from all the pages of the New Testament? If not it seems to me that herein lies one of the major differences between the faith we profess and the faith of the early followers of Jesus.

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HEALTH IN SOUL AND BODY

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Is. 35:1-10 & Lk 5:17-26

Isaiah waxes eloquently about the coming of the Messiah. The people of God were in the doldrums and they needed uplifting. They were living during a bleak period of history, a time of punishment in exile far from their homeland and their precious temple in Jerusalem. Isaiah proclaimed a message of hope and encouragement. He promised that their Saviour Lord would come. “The eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed, then the lame shall leap like a deer.”

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WHERE TO FIND CHRIST THIS CHRISTMAS

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Luke 3:1-6

The experience of travelling during the time of the Old Testament was very different from our own. Most people walked. Some rode a horse or donkey. For them road conditions were not a serious consideration. But for dignitaries, such as a king, they were. So a messenger would be sent ahead to see that the roads were passable and to alert the people to the impending royal visit.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MARY

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Had there been no Mary, there would have been no Jesus. In God’s economy of salvation she was so important to Him and us. Our first parents sinned and had closed the gates of Heaven from us. The whole human race was banished from Paradise.

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JESUS CAN CURE OUR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS

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Isaiah saw a vision of the future which excited him very much. A time would come when barren land would become fertile, disabled people cured and the poor would be freed from oppressive rulers. All this would begin to happen when God’s Holy One, Abraham’s Redeemer, appeared on Earth.

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HOW TO BE A WISE PERSON

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Is. 26:1-6 & 7:21, 24-27

Our two readings today tell us how to be wise or how to remain a fool. The wise person is the one who relies on God and builds his house on rock. The foolish one relies on people and builds his house on sand.

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EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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Is. 25:6-10 & Mt. 15:29-37

In this first week of Advent the world is looking forward eagerly to Christmas. You only have to walk around a shopping centre to sense the hustle, bustle and excitement. The readings of today’s Mass have caught the mood of looking to the future with joyful anticipation.

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HARMONY RESTORED

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Is. 11:1-10 & Lk. 10:21-24

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FAITH AND HUMILITY PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

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Is. 2:1-5 & Mt. 8:5-11

The good people of this world long for peace. If ever our world needs to read the words of Isaiah it is today. He tells us that when the Lord comes, “He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.” This can happen if we beat down our personal feelings of hatred and retaliation into love and concern; if we turn our self-seeking into generosity and service to others.

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DESPAIR AS THE BEGINNING OF HOPE

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Lk. 21:25-28, 34-36

Today's Gospel reading seems a very strange choice. For the season of Advent is a time of anticipation, looking forward to the coming of Christ, and culminating with the celebration of Christmas. In a few weeks time, the public mood will become increasingly joyous. Yet here we are reading about nations in anguish and people dying of fright.

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