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JESUS, THE GOD-MAN

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Mt. 16: 13-21

We who are cradle Catholics have always believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and Saviour of the world. When Jesus first called His Apostles to follow Him they could not say this of Him. They had a religious background, of course, but it was not the same as ours. For centuries there had lived in the hearts and minds of the Jewish people the hope that God would send a Messiah for Israel. There was little or no consensus as to how this would happen.

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EVERYTHING HE DOES, HE DOES FOR GOD

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Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17 & Mt. 23:1-12

Ruth and her touching declaration to Naomi that resulted, in time, in her becoming the great grandmother of King David, from whose family line was born in Bethlehem our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For this reason her name has been indelibly etched in the pages of salvation history.

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FRIENDSHIP AND LOVING GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS

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Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22 & Mt. 22:34-40

Why is the small book of Ruth included in the Bible? The simple answer has to be that it is because she was the great-grand mother of King David and, therefore, was one of Jesus' ancestors.

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BE SURE YOU ARE NOT REJECTED FROM THE WEDDING FEAST

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Judges 11:29-39 & Mt. 22:1-14

Today’s first reading is one of the most shocking in all the Bible.
Jephthah, chosen by God to rescue the lsraelites from the attacks of the Ammonites, made a vow, the result of which was far beyond his expectation. Even though he was horrified at the thought he must sacrifice his own daughter, an only child, he went through with what he believed to be God's will for him.

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WHAT WILL WE 'DESERVE' FROM GOD?

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Judges 9:6-15 & Mt. 20:1-16

Today's first reading is very mysterious. What are we to make of Jotham’s parable of the thorn bush? Abimelech and Jotham were sons of Gideon, who was one of God’s great warriors. Abimelech wanted to be king of Israel at a time when God made it clear that the Lord alone was to be ruler. As part of his scheme to seize authority, he killed 70 who could have been contenders for the throne. Jotham, the only surviving brother, came out of hiding to deliver his parable of reproof.

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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

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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

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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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