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Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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GOD LOVES US AND NEVER BEARS A GRUDGE

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. 6:1-8 & Mt. 10:24

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GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

Liturgical Colour: 

Hos. 14:2-10 & Mt. 10:16-23

Hosea is the prophet of God's love. Yesterday we saw how His love was touching and tender. He presented God as a Father who scoops His child, Israel, into His arms and presses him against His cheek. Today, fully aware of Israel's disobedience, he cries out, "Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God." His words easily make us think of the parable of the prodigal son returning to His Father. That too is a touching and tender scene, an image of how God completely loves us despite our failures.

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THERE IS NO LIMIT TO GOD'S LOVE

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 & Mt. 10:7-15

Today's reading is one of the high points of the Old Testament revelation about God. Hosea is the prophet of God's love despite the infidelity of His people. He is famous for His image of God as a husband who continues to love an adulterous wife and who searches to bring her back home. Today's reading in a sense is even more beautiful because it prepares us for the teaching of Jesus that God is truly our Father.

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 & Mt. 10:1-7

A bleak picture of Israel is presented in today's first reading. The more luxurious the life of the people became, the more altars and shrines they built to pagan gods. The more affluent they were, the less faithful they were to God. The prophet Hosea tried to warn them, but the fact is that in 732 BC part of the northern kingdom was destroyed by Assyrian armies, and the rest fell to these forces ten years later.

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BEING CRUEL TO BE KIND

Liturgical Colour: 

Hos. 8:4-7, 11-13 & Mt. 9:32-38

Hosea is known as the prophet of love. It was he who gave the people God's message, “I will betroth you to myself forever.” It must have been difficult for the prophet of love to pronounce the warnings found in the First Reading. On first hearing this does not have the ring of a lover's voice, and yet his words are motivated by nothing other than love.

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JESUS IS CONCERNED ABOUT EVERYONE OF US

Liturgical Colour: 

Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22 & Mt. 9:18-26

We can never fully appreciate the depth and intensity of God's love for us. The reason is that all we can do is to compare His love with what we already know about love from human experience, and that experience can never match the realm of God's love for us.

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WHAT KIND OF HONOUR DOES JESUS WANT FROM US?

Liturgical Colour: 

Mk. 6:1-6

Going home is usually one of life's most eagerly anticipated experiences, especially when we have been away for a long time. It seems reasonable to assume, then, that Jesus had a similar feeling for the small town of Nazareth where He had almost 30 years - before His ministry called Him away.

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OUR TASK IS TO LIVE THE GOOD NEWS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-25 & Mt. 10:24-33

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GOD IS FORMING AND SHAPING OUR LIVES

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 46:1-7, 28-30 & Mt. 10:16-23.

The story of Joseph reveals God's plan at work in today's first reading. When Jacob realised that his son was still alive he set out for Egypt despite his advance age to see him again. It was a meeting filled with tears of joy and, because Joseph enjoyed such good favour with Pharaoh, he was able to bring his whole family with him.

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GO SPREAD MY KINGDOM

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 & Mt. 10:7-15

Faced with famine Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to look for food. Their brother Joseph whom they had sold into slavery had risen to prominence there. In today's reading from Genesis we see how Joseph broke down in tears of joy at seeing them but the brothers were apprehensive, fearing that he would want to take revenge. However, he explained that his being sold into slavery was part of God's plan to place him in Egypt where he could save many people, including his own family, from starvation.

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