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ACKNOWLEDGING OUR NEED FOR JESUS

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Col. 1:9-14 & Lk. 5:1-11

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OUR HEALING FRIEND

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Col. 1:1-8 & Lk. 4:38-48

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JESUS SPEAKS TO US WITH AUTHORITY

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Thess. 5:1-6, 9-11 & Lk. 4:31-37

Imagine a boy has done something seriously wrong at school. The head teacher punishes him and also sends a letter to his parents. The boy realises he is in double trouble but what a pleasant surprise he has when his parents show him love and understanding. They recognise that he has done wrong and deserves punishment, but they know that he can learn from this experience and it will not be repeated. They don't want this incident to damage their relationship with their son.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR US

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Thess. 4:13-18 & Lk. 4:16-30

The Thessalonians were filled with sadness because some of them had died and would be deprived of sharing in the glory of Christ’s second coming. They had failed to understand that salvation meant Jesus Himself raising the dead - and it would not matter if they had already died before His second coming.

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WHY DO WE FOLLOW CHRIST?

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Mt. 16: 21-27

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” What an incredible invitation from Jesus in today's Gospel – usually if someone wants to attract followers he or she makes the idea appealing! Yet there were some people who accepted His invitation.

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ARE WE USING OUR TALENTS FOR GOD?

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1 Thess. 4:9-11 & Mt. 25:14-3

Love is a gift from God. These words are backed up by Saint Paul in today's first reading, “You have learnt from God to love one another.” He praises them for the ways in which they demonstrate this and encourages them to make even greater efforts. For him love is not just a theological virtue but something that has to be put into practise every day.

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FORNICATION IS A SIN AND WE MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE LORD’S COMING

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1 Thess. 4:9-11 & MT. 25:1-13

The spiritual lives of so many young, and not so young, people is in a pitiful state. More and more are living together without marrying: in the Bible this is known as committing the sin of fornication.

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ARE WE READY FOR CHRIST TO COME AGAIN?

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Thess. 3:7-13 & Mt. 24:42-51

A key teaching of Christian revelation - often ignored, misunderstood or even ridiculed – is revealed in today's Gospel reading. The teaching is that the return of Jesus is imminent: this means that it could happen at any time but, like a householder surprised by a thief in the night, we may be totally oblivious to this reality.

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BE NOT LIKE THE PHARISEES

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Thess. 2:9-13 & Mt. 23:27-32

The Thessalonians are being told in today’s first reading by Saint Paul that he treated every one of them as a father. He taught and encouraged them to lead a life worthy of God. This they have done and he cannot stop thanking God that on hearing the message they accepted it as God’s message, and not some human thinking, and that it is still a living power among those who believe it.

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HOW EASY IT IS TO CONDEMN THE PHARISEES!

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Thess. 2:1-8 & Mt. 23:23-26

When writing to the Thessalonians Paul told of his humiliation in Philippi because of a slave girl who brought a substantial profit to her master by fortune telling. For several days she followed Paul around, making fun of him, until he commanded the spirit to leave her. The girl’s masters were now without a fortune teller. They had lost this source of income and so brought trumped-up charges against him. He was beaten and imprisoned, escaped and went to Thessalonica claiming that it was God who entrusted the ministry of preaching to him.

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