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Octave of the Nativity

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THE CAUSE OF OUR SALVATION

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I wish each one of you a very Happy and Holy New Year on the day when we celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

We know that God is everything, and that everything else compared to Him is nothing. But in that nothing one person shines out brilliantly - and that person is Mary. In her humility she was able to recognise this. “He looked upon the nothingness of His handmaid, from this day all generations will call me blessed.”

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LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE AND SORROW

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1 Jn.2:18-21 & Jn. 1:1-18

Nearly 2,000 years ago John, the Beloved Apostle of Jesus, referred to his days as “the last days” reminding us that one day will be, indeed, the last day, and then a new Earth and Heaven will begin.

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LIVING FOR GOD

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Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2: 36-40

In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has to offer. They are not permanent as are the offerings of the Father.

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CALLED TO BE PROPHETS

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Jn.: 2:3-11 Luke 2: 22-35

Once again in today’s first reading John touches on the subject of love. “Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light.” When we have learned to control our tongue, to repay good for evil, to forgive … it is then that we walk in the light of Christ.

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GOD LOVED US FIRST

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1 Jn. 3:1-4 & Jn. 20:2-8

The great St. John, whose feast we keep today, wrote his Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. He died an old man in 101 having been saved from a violent martyrdom.

“God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him (1 Jn. 4:16).” The more we understand God’s love for us, the better we will love Him and our neighbours as ourselves. Our ability to love is often shaped by our experience of love. Being loved is the most powerful motivation for us to give love in return. We usually love others as we have been loved.

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FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

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Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How many families feuds continue, for example, even when the original cause has been forgotten?

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LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE AND SORROW

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1 Jn.2:18-21 & Jn. 1:1-18

Nearly 2,000 years ago John, the Beloved Apostle of Jesus, referred to his days as “the last days” reminding us that one day will be, indeed, the last day, and then a new Earth and Heaven will begin.

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LIVING FOR GOD

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Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2: 36-40

In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has to offer. They are not permanent as are the offerings of the Father.

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CALLED TO BE PROPHETS

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Jn.: 2:3-11 Luke 2: 22-35

Once again in today’s first reading John touches on the subject of love. “Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light.” When we have learned to control our tongue, to repay good for evil, to forgive … it is then that we walk in the light of Christ.

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A FEAST FOR TODAY'S VICTIMS

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1 Jn. 5:5-2:2 & Mt. 2:13-15

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