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CHRIST THE ETERNAL AND UNIVERSAL KING

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Dan. 7:13-14; Rev. 1:5-8 & Jn. 18:33-37

A coronation ceremony is a great occasion for national pride. It is marked by a beautiful and elaborate ritual whereby sovereignty is conferred on the new monarch. The people acclaim their new king, pledge their unswerving loyalty to him, and experience a sense of unity and belonging as his subjects under his rule. Today we celebrate the greatest kingship of all and the only one that really matters - the kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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ROUSE FROM DROWSINESS YOUR HEART!

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Dan. 7:15-27 & Lk. 21:34-36

Today is the last day of the Church's liturgical year. Tomorrow the season of Advent begins.

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JESUS SUFFERS WITH US

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Dan. 6:1218 & Lk. 21:20-28

We think of God as a loving Father who cares for all His children. What then are we to make of today's readings? Are we wondering, 'How can God love His children if He treats them so badly?'

Daniel was forced to spend a night in a pit with lions. He had to endure the terrible fear of being killed by those ferocious animals, an ordeal which you and I would certainly not like to face, before God saved him.

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ENCOURAGEMENT IN TIMES OF TRIAL

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Dan. 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 & Lk. 21:12-19

Today's episode from the Book of Daniel tells about King Belshazzar's feast in which he used the Temple vessels and thereby desecrated them.

In the course of the feast the words “Mene, Tekel, Peres” appeared on the wall which Daniel was able to interpret. The gist of the message was “The party is over.” Not only had he profaned the vessels of the Temple but having committed atrocities he had become spiritually bankrupt. The division and loss of his kingdom were inevitable.

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ONLY THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL ENDURE TO THE END

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Dan. 2:31-45 & Lk. 21:5-11

King Nebuchadnezzar has a vision of a huge idol with a head of gold, chest of silver, belly of bronze, legs of iron and feet of clay – and a stone hurtles towards it and smashes the idol to pieces!

Daniel interprets these various materials as different kingdoms, all of which are replaced or brought to an end by God’s kingdom, as represented by the stone. Kingdoms and empires have turned to dust, to be blown away throughout history, while God's Kingdom remains.

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THE WAY TO GIVE TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD ...

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Dan. 1:1-6, 8-20 & Lk. 21:1-4

The Book of Daniel is about Jewish people in a foreign land and how they kept faith. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, was a powerful leader and a great general. When he conquered a country, he took the most talented people back to Babylon to work in his court, leaving the poor behind to work the land.

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A CLEAR CONSCIENCE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH

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1 Macc. 6:1-13 & Lk. 20:27-40

Antiochus IV is given much adverse coverage in this Book of Maccabees, for he was a constant menace to the lsraelites. We see him defeated, sick, unable to sleep and facing death in today's reading. This passage proclaims the teaching that you cannot live a life of sin and violence, and be at peace when you come to die. Antiochus had attempted to do just that.

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BEWARE OF THE RIGHTEOUS ANGER OF JESUS

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1 Macc. 4:36-37, 52-59 & Lk. 19:45-48

The rededication of the Temple, after Judas Maccabeus recaptured it from the king who had desecrated it, is recounted in today's first reading. The celebrations went on for eight days. This is the historic origin of the Jewish Hanukah, the Feast of Lights, a celebration of reconsecration.

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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

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Wisdom 6:1-11 & Lk. 17:11-19

All authority comes from God. All men and women who wield it will one day stand before His throne and account for how they used the authority He gave them. Parents and priests, bosses and even babysitters will have to answer on how they behaved. The more important their role, the tougher will be the questions they have to face. Popes, bishops, kings and presidents will have to face “a strict scrutiny before the Judge of all.” (Wis. 6:8).

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WE FACE HARD CHOICES – BUT SHOULD NOT LOOK FOR REWARDS

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Wisdom 2:23-3:9 & Lk. 17:7-10

People today say, 'Being faithful to God can be so very hard - is it really worth the effort?' But believers have been struggling with this issue for thousands of years. They included the first readers of the Book of Wisdom, who were Jews living in Egypt in the first century before Christ. The author of the Book of Wisdom encouraged his readers to believe that faithfulness is always rewarded. Even in trials, disasters and death, the “just are in the hand of God” and “will abide with Him in love” (Wisdom 3:1,9).

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