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Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD HIS MESSAGE IS SWEETNESS

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Ez. 2:8-34 & Mt. 18:1-5, 12-14

Ezekiel, like many of the prophets, was sent by God to proclaim a message of warning to the people. The scroll represented this message of God and Ezekiel's eating of it was a sign that he had assimilated God's word. It became part of his being. He found the word of God as sweet as honey.

Experience will teach us that God's word is our peace. Ultimately, we will always find joy in accepting His word. And yet when Ezekiel proclaimed this word to the people they found it so bitter that they rejected it.

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JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD AND WE ARE TEMPLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Ezek. 1:2-5, 24-28 & Mt. 17:22-27

The temple in Jerusalem was very precious to the Jews, not because it was made of valuable stones and metals, but because it was the special abode of God on Earth and their supreme place of worship. All Jews had to contribute to the upkeep of this magnificent edifice by means of a temple tax.

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THE HUMANITY OF JESUS ...

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Jn. 6:41-51

Across the centuries Christ has been worshipped and served as the virgin-born Son of God. He is unique, and so very different from us. In all of history there has never been, and will never be, another like Him. He is God's special revelation of Himself.

To see Him is to see God; to know Him is to know God; to serve Him is to serve God. The eternal God and the divine Son have become so identified in our minds that we find it impossible to think of One without thinking of the Other.

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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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GOD'S POWER AND HIS FORGIVENESS

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Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 & Mt. 18:21-19:1

The power and the forgiveness of God are demonstrated in today's two readings. Is it possible to take a group of weak and simple people, devoid of weapons and other resources, and lead them from slavery in a powerful country to a promised land? No human leader could have accomplished this feat.

It is God and God alone who achieved good things for His people. The story of the parting of the waters is so unusual that it should immediately make us realise that God had to be at work for the benefit of His people.

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WE ALL LIVE UNDER AUTHORITY

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Deut. 34:1-12 & Mt. 18:15-20

Moses was soon to leave the world. With God's guidance he had led the lsraelites out of slavery and within sight of the Promised Land. Now his task was finished and in today's first reading he handed on his leadership to Joshua: he would have been prepared for this role for Moses knew that without leadership the people would surely wander away from God, arguing and complaining among themselves. They would trust and follow Joshua because they had witnessed Moses laying hands on him and giving him this authority.

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GOD’S LOVE IS PERSONAL

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Deut. 31:1-8 & Mt. 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

There is a certain sadness about today's first reading. Moses had been the great hero of His people. He had resisted Pharaoh to his face, demanding the release of the people in the name of God. He had led them out of slavery from Egypt. In the desert through him God made a covenant with the people. He had endured the rebellion of the people and had interceded for them with God.

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TAXES ARE NECESSARY!

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Deut. 10:12-22 & Mt. 17:22-27

Through Moses God is making an appeal to His people. He wants them to be like Himself. As He was dedicated to them, so they were to be dedicated to Him. As He had freed them when they were aliens in Egypt, so they are to befriend the alien in their own land. He had treated everyone with fairness and justice, that is how they are to treat others.

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OUR GOD IS A GENTLE GOD

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1 Kings 19: 9. 11-13

Today's reading from the First Book of Kings presents us with the prophet Elijah who, like us, learnt from personal experience that life sometimes can be difficult and discouraging. Anyone who has reached early adulthood knows life is not a bed of roses. Amid the fun and games there are often sweat and tears in the duties and demands of the daily routines.

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