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First Week of Ordinary Time

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WHAT WONDERS JESUS CAN DO FOR US

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Heb. 4:12-16 & Mk.2:13-17

`The Letter to the Hebrews has its own unique way in praising the word of God. It writes “the word of the God is something alive and active; it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely.” There is much we can draw from its description. It is living and not a relic of the past. It invites us to strengthen our faith and persevere in our love. It challenges us to grow in holiness and avoid any attachment to sin.

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THE PLACE OF REST PREPARED FOR US

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Heb. 4:1-5, 11 & Mk.2:1-12

What sad words they are in the first reading, “I swore that not one would reach the place of rest I had for them.” God is speaking about those Jews in the wilderness who had been freed from the tyranny of Pharaoh but, despite all the signs and wonders He had worked for them, they were unfaithful to Him. If we are unfaithful to God after all He has done for us those very words could apply to us.

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LESSONS FOR US IN HOW TO ASK JESUS FOR HELP

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 3:7-14 & Mk. 1:40-45

Today’s first reading quotes Psalm 95 with its warning to us not to be like those Jews in the wilderness who were disgruntled with God because of their hunger and thirst. But He had worked wonders to bring them out of Egypt. Should they not have trusted Him to care for them and bring them safely into the land that He had promised? Obviously they had not allowed the word of God to penetrate their hardened hearts and, as a result, had lost God’s favour and were not given the privilege of entering the Promised Land.

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IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR US THAT JESUS SHOULD BECOME MAN

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 2:14-18 & Mk. 1:29-39

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JESUS IS LORD, OUR GOD AND BROTHER

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 2:5-12 & Mk. 1:21-28

Some forms of life are higher than others … God is higher than the angels and they are higher than humanity. But I once knew someone, an eccentric poet, who was convinced that cats were superior to us! It takes all sorts to make up our world!

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GOD HAS SPOKEN TO US THROUGH HIS SON

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 1:1-6 & Mk. 1 14-20

Who wrote the letter to the Hebrews? It used to be thought that it was St. Paul's fourteenth epistle. But modern Scripture scholars are convinced he did not write it, and we just don’t know who did. That is why today’s reading should be introduced as "A reading from the letter to the Hebrews”.

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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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