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WE MUST NOT RELY UPON OURSELVES

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Judges 6:11-24 & Mt. 19:23-30

A second-generation Israelite in the Promised Land had not grown up under Moses or Joshua, nor witnessed God’s power in parting the Red Sea or giving the people manna in the desert. These works of the Lord were known to Gideon, but they were in the past. To him it seemed that God had abandoned His people who lived under the oppression of the Midianites, having their produce stolen at every harvest. (Judges 6:3-4).

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KEEPING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS IS NOT ENOUGH

Liturgical Colour: 

Judges 2:11-19 & Matthew 19:16-22

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WHAT A WOMAN! AND WHAT AN EXAMPLE TO US!

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Mt. 15:21-28

Jesus had gone to the district of Trye and Sidon because He was tired and wanted, for a little while, to escape the pressing demands of His ministry. Saint Mark’s account of this event says, “He retired to a certain house and wanted no one to recognise Him.” The plain truth is that Jesus was trying to hide.

We have all felt this way at some time - when we just don’t want to answer the door! We are tired of neighbours or of salesmen, tired of people making demands on us. We just want peace and quiet. Jesus too had need of this respite.

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OUR COVENANT WITH GOD AND JESUS’ LOVE OF CHILDREN

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Joshua 24:14-29 & Mt. 19:13-15

Just before his death Joshua gathered the people of Israel together to renew their covenant with the Lord. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" he said. They followed his example.

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BE LOYAL TO GOD AND EACH OTHER

Liturgical Colour: 

Joshua 24:1-13 & Mt. 19:3-12

Some Pharisees attempt to test Jesus by asking Him whether it is lawful or not to divorce, in today's Gospel reading. His answer to them amazes His disciples as well. The teaching on the indissolubility of marriage appeared too strict to them, and they concluded that it would be better, then, not to marry at all.

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GOD'S POWER AND HIS FORGIVENESS

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Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 & Mt. 18:21-19:1

The power and the forgiveness of God are demonstrated in today's two readings. Is it possible to take a group of weak and simple people, devoid of weapons and other resources, and lead them from slavery in a powerful country to a promised land? No human leader could have accomplished this feat.

It is God and God alone who achieved good things for His people. The story of the parting of the waters is so unusual that it should immediately make us realise that God had to be at work for the benefit of His people.

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WE ALL LIVE UNDER AUTHORITY

Liturgical Colour: 

Deut. 34:1-12 & Mt. 18:15-20

Moses was soon to leave the world. With God's guidance he had led the lsraelites out of slavery and within sight of the Promised Land. Now his task was finished and in today's first reading he handed on his leadership to Joshua: he would have been prepared for this role for Moses knew that without leadership the people would surely wander away from God, arguing and complaining among themselves. They would trust and follow Joshua because they had witnessed Moses laying hands on him and giving him this authority.

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GOD’S LOVE IS PERSONAL

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Deut. 31:1-8 & Mt. 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

There is a certain sadness about today's first reading. Moses had been the great hero of His people. He had resisted Pharaoh to his face, demanding the release of the people in the name of God. He had led them out of slavery from Egypt. In the desert through him God made a covenant with the people. He had endured the rebellion of the people and had interceded for them with God.

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TAXES ARE NECESSARY!

Liturgical Colour: 

Deut. 10:12-22 & Mt. 17:22-27

Through Moses God is making an appeal to His people. He wants them to be like Himself. As He was dedicated to them, so they were to be dedicated to Him. As He had freed them when they were aliens in Egypt, so they are to befriend the alien in their own land. He had treated everyone with fairness and justice, that is how they are to treat others.

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OUR GOD IS A GENTLE GOD

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1 Kings 19: 9. 11-13

Today's reading from the First Book of Kings presents us with the prophet Elijah who, like us, learnt from personal experience that life sometimes can be difficult and discouraging. Anyone who has reached early adulthood knows life is not a bed of roses. Amid the fun and games there are often sweat and tears in the duties and demands of the daily routines.

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