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DO WE FORGIVE AS GOD FORGIVES?

Liturgical Colour: 

Mt.18: 21-35

We have much for which we should thank Saint Peter – even his quick tongue! Again and again he rushed into speech and his impetuosity drew from Jesus teaching that is immortal.

On the occasion recorded in today's scriptures Peter wanted to bring before Jesus the whole subject of forgiveness. The Rabbis taught that a man must forgive his brother three times. Peter thought he was being lavish in forgiving, multiplying their figure by two and adding one for good measure! He expected Jesus to pat him on the back.

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

Liturgical Colour: 

Tim. 1:15-17 & Lk. 6:43-49

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LEADING OTHERS TO HEAVEN

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Tim. 1:1-2, 12-14 & Lk. 6:39-42

It is obvious that if I were blind I would want a guide who could see and lead me to safety. As sinners we are spiritually blind but our Heavenly Father has provided us with Jesus, His Son, the best possible guide. We can put our hand in His and He will lead us to Heaven.

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LOVE AND FORGIVENESS ARE A CHRISTIAN’S HALLMARK

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 3:12-17 & Lk. 6:27-38

When we find life hard we need to hear Saint Paul's inspiring and encouraging words from today's reading, “You are God’s chosen race. He loves you.”

He instructs us how we are to live: “Be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.” We should surround ourselves with harmony and peace. “Bear with one another, forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins.” How true are those words, “The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.” If we don’t, there is no forgiveness for us.

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ARE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD JESUS' WAY?

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 3:1-11 & Lk. 6:20-26.

“There is only Christ: He is everything and He is in everything.” This is how Saint Paul sums up today's first reading. A relationship with Christ is all that matters. Once we make Him the centre of our lives everything else falls into its proper place.

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ARE WE STEEPED IN CHRIST?

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 2:6-15 & Lk. 6:12-19

We have to be completely steeped in Christ, as Saint Paul told the Colossians in so many different ways. He reminds us in today's reading that we would be spiritually dead if Christ had not brought us to life when our sins were forgiven.

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WHAT IS LACKING IN THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST?

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:24-2:3 & Luke 6: 6-11

When Christ died on the Cross for us His sacrifice for the salvation of the world was complete and perfect. He need never suffer or die again in order to save us.

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HOW SHOULD WE TREAT SOMEONE WHO DOES WRONG?

Liturgical Colour: 

Ez. 33:7-9 & Mt. 18:15-20

There is something I find hard to do - and I wonder if you feel the same. It is pointing out to others the wrong they are doing. I feel I should mind my own business yet in today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If your brother does something wrong go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.”

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PERSEVERANCE AND KEEPING THE LAW

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:21-23 & Lk. 6:1-5

Saint Paul is full of praise for the Colossians. Not long ago in thought and behaviour they were enemies to God, but now through the death of Christ are reconciled to Him. A complete conversion has taken place. He describes them as “holy, pure and blameless” but he cautions them that this will only continue if they “persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith,” never letting themselves drift away from the hope promised by the Good News.

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THE NEW WINE CHRIST OFFERS US

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:15-19 & Lk. 5:33-39

If the words of Saint Paul in today's first reading sound very familiar, just think of the Creed. When we make that profession of our faith we acknowledge God the Father as creator of everything "seen and unseen". We proclaim our belief in Jesus “through Whom all things were made”, and in the Holy Spirit, "the giver of life". All three persons of the Blessed Trinity are involved in Creation, but I think St. Paul is asking us to reflect for a moment on the role of just one Person, Jesus.

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