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DAVID TEACHES US TO BE MERCIFUL

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Sam. 24:3-21 & Mk. 3:13-19

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Beware The Evil Of Jealousy!

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1 Sam. 18:6-9 19:l-7 & Mk. 3:7-12

Saul was the ruling king and David, his understudy, was most willing to serve in any way he could. He had already laid his life on the line for king and country against Goliath. They could have been the best of friends but Saul became extremely jealous: this came to a head when David won a resounding victory over the Philistines, and the people sang, “Saul has conquered a thousand enemies, but David has conquered ten thousand."

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With God On Our Side We Can Face What Comes Our Way

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1 Sam. 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 & Mk. 3:1-6

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most familiar in the entire Old Testament. But we continue to read it to discover how to act and to find courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Everyone would agree that David was no match for Goliath if he only had his single slingshot. But he was armed, too, with personal confidence and God’s grace David was sent out with the blessing, “The Lord will be with you.”

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Don't Judge By Appearances

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Sam. 16:1-13 & Mk. 2:23-28

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Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

Liturgical Colour: 

Sam. 15:16-23 & Mk. 2:18-22

God commanded King Saul to wage a holy war against the Amalekites. Not one of their possessions was to be spared. But Saul made the mistake of putting his judgement above that of God. With good intentions, but in disobedience, he did not destroy the best of the sheep and oxen. He allowed the people to use them to sacrifice to God.

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Jesus Is The Lamb Of God

Liturgical Colour: 

John 1:29-34

John the Baptist was a man with a mission. His life was planned for him. His task was to herald the coming of the Messiah to the Jews. He prepared himself for this task by living an austere life in the wilderness.

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WHAT WONDERS JESUS CAN DO FOR US!

Liturgical Colour: 

Sam. 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1 & Mk. 2:13-17

Called to be king of Israel in very ordinary circumstances, Saul was anointed by Samuel with utter simplicity. He looked every inch a king, the most handsome man in Israel, but because somebody looks regal does not necessarily mean that they are. His reign was to lead the lsraelites on a new course and it proved to be a very turbulent one.

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ARE WE GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR WHAT WE HAVE?

Liturgical Colour: 

Sam. 8:4-7; 10-22 & Mk 2:1-12

Throughout history people have tended to be never satisfied with their circumstances. Are we always looking for something better to turn up, and to be like those who seem to be better off in life than ourselves?

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THE LEPER WHO TEACHES US HOW TO PRAY

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Sam. 4:1-11 & Mk. 1:40-45

Today’s readings are all about our attitude to God and our approach to Him when we pray.

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CAN WE HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD SPEAKING TO US?

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Sam. 3:1-10, 19-20 & Mk. 1:29-39

A man lost his hearing. An operation to have it restored was a failure. On leaving the hospital he commented, 'I would have liked to have had my hearing back but it was not to be. At least I can thank God that the most important thing still remains - I will still hear the voice of the Lord speaking to me.'

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