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Octave of the Nativity

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LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE AND SORROW

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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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PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES - DEMANDING BUT REWARDING

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Mt. 2:13-15, 19-23

We don't choose our families. We are at God's mercy in the circumstances of our lives. The mother, father, brothers and sisters we have are all determined by God and it is within our families that our characters and personalities are formed. If we are born into a loving and caring family, the chances are we shall grow into mature and stable human beings. The converse would also be true - if we grow up in a dysfunctional family where we experience little care and love we are likely to be insecure and unstable.

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A FEAST FOR TODAY'S VICTIMS

Liturgical Colour: 

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

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LEARNING TO GROW UP

Liturgical Colour: 

Luke 2:41-52

Growing up is never easy for anyone. A happy and stable background helps immeasurably. And at school the understanding and encouragement of teachers is vital. But maturity is not guaranteed by the passing of time. What does it mean to grow up? We can answer that question by observing the maturing process in the life of Jesus.

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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.

Father Francis's picture

LIVING FOR GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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

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