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Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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WE MUST ACT IN JUSTICE – BUT WITH LOVE TOWARDS ALL

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Micah 2:1-5 & Mt. 12:14-21

Some scholars have referred to the prophets of the Old Testament as being the conscience of the people of God. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, was one of these men. In today's reading he attacks the wealthy landowners who have been dispossessing the poor by illegal means. He condemns exploitation of the underprivileged.

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GOD SPEAKS TO US IN SUBTLE WAYS

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Is. 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 & Mt. 12:1-8

Hezekiah, king of Judah, was desperate. Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, had declared war on all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Now he was heading towards Jerusalem, the capital and Hezekiah's home. To make matters even worse, Hezekiah was facing a mortal illness. He turned to God in fervent prayer, and the Lord sent Isaiah with a message: Hezekiah would be healed, and the Lord would rescue the city.

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OUR SAVIOUR'S LOVE FOR US

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Is. 26:7-9, 16-19 &n Mt. 11:28-30

A loving husband and wife who really want children look forward to the birth of their first child. The thought of bringing a child into the world fills them with joy. Imagine a wife who is convinced that she is pregnant, tells a delighted husband and then visits the doctor who, instead of confirming her pregnancy, has to inform her that she has been mistaken. It is a bitter disappointment although they hope that a child will be theirs in the future.

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GOD'S SPECIAL LOVE FOR THE CHILDLIKE

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Is. 10:5-7, 13-16 & Mt. 11:25-27

Today's First Reading from the prophet Isaiah has a strange and bellicose ring to it. We must understand its background. At that time Assyria was the great military power bent on conquering all its neighbours. In their pride they attributed their victories to their own power and to Ashur their national god. But Isaiah knew and proclaimed that Assyria was but an instrument in the hands of God to purify sinful Judah, and that God would in time humble Assyria.

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THE GOOD HABIT OF EXAMINING OUR CONSCIENCE

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Is. 7:1-9 & Mt. 11:20-24

We all like to hear good things about ourselves! This is especially true when we go to a doctor with the hope that there is nothing seriously wrong with us. Doctors would be doing a great disservice if they were to pretend that we are in good health when actually we are not. Their real kindness and concern are shown in telling us the truth and indicating what we must do for our health.

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WHAT DO THE CHOICES WE MAKE SAY ABOUT US?

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Is. l:11-17 & Mt. 10:34-11:1

A bribe is some kind of payment given with a view to perverting the judgement or corrupting the conduct of a person in a position of power.
It is a selfish rather than a generous act. In contrast a gift is an expression of love with no strings attached and nothing expected in return.

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WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?

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Amos 7:12-15; Mk. 6:7-13

Love Jesus with all your heart and do as He tells you - and you are sure to receive opposition. The great Saint Paul once asked the rhetorical question, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Experience, both in his own life and in the life of every committed follower of Christ since him, tells the painful truth that even with God on your side quite a crowd of folks will be arrayed against you!

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FLIGHT INSTEAD OF FIGHT

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Ex. 12:37-42 & Mt. 12:14-21

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years, latterly in slavery, and although God had a plan to free them He was very patient in carrying it out. How often can we not see what God’s plan is in our own lives!

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WHAT I WANT IS MERCY NOT SACRIFICE

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Ex. 11:10-12, 14 & Mt. 12:1-8

The origin and meaning of the feast of the Passover is explained in today's first reading. This feast was to become a yearly celebration of Israel's deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. As the event of the Passover was the greatest in the history of the people, so the feast was the greatest celebration of the year.

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GOD’S NAME IS LOVE AND HE CARRIES OUR BURDENS

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Ex. 3:13-20 & Mt. 11:28-30

There is something special in a name. There is a certain intimacy in calling someone by their first name. It is virtually impossible to feel close to a person if you do not know their name.

God revealed His personal name to Moses: He wanted His people to know that He was a living and loving God, with Whom they could have a personal relationship. He was not like the pagan gods who can do nothing for the people who worship them.

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