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Second Week of Ordinary Time

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GOD IS ALWAYS EAGER TO FORGIVE US IF WE ASK

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2 Sam. 12:1-7, 10-17 & Mk. 4:35-41

The prophet Nathan was given a very difficult task from the Lord which demanded a great deal of courage. He was to confront King David with his sins of adultery and murder, and call him to repentance. Prudently, and with a great deal of ingenuity, he prepared David by telling him the parable of the selfish rich man. David fell into the trap.

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM SIN AND SORROW

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2 Sam. 11:1-4, 5-10, 13-17 & Mk. 4:26-34

There is no need to read paperbacks or watch television to see sex and violence - we can find plenty of it in the pages of the Bible!

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BEWARE THE EVIL OF JEALOUSY!

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Sam. 18:6-9 19:l-7 & Mk. 3:7-12

Saul was the ruling king and David, his understudy, was most willing to serve in any way he could. He had already laid his life on the line for king and country against Goliath. They could have been the best of friends but Saul became extremely jealous: this came to a head when David won a resounding victory over the Philistines, and the people sang, “Saul has conquered a thousand enemies, but David has conquered ten thousand."

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WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE CAN FACE WHAT COMES OUR WAY

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1 Sam. 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 & Mk. 3:1-6.

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most familiar in the entire Old Testament. But we continue to read it to discover how to act and to find courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Everyone would agree that David was no match for Goliath if he only had his single slingshot. But he was armed, too, with personal confidence and God’s grace David was sent out with the blessing, “The Lord will be with you.”

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DON’T JUDGE BY APPEARANCES

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1 Sam. 16:1-13 & Mk. 2:23-28

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OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE

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Sam. 15:16-23 & Mk. 2:18-22

God commanded King Saul to wage a holy war against the Amalekites. Not one of their possessions was to be spared. But Saul made the mistake of putting his judgement above that of God. With good intentions, but in disobedience, he did not destroy the best of the sheep and oxen. He allowed the people to use them to sacrifice to God.

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EACH ONE OF US MATTERS TO GOD

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Jn. 1:35-42

In an American television commercial was a man of very ordinary appearance. He said, 'Hello, you don’t know me. My named is Arthur Newman. I am Paul Newman’s brother.' He then explained that despite his lack of fame and good looks, a certain investment company cared just as much about him as it did for his very famous brother.

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LOVE THE MASS AND SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS

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Heb. 9:2-3, 11-14 & Mk. 3:20-21

When the priests of the Old Testament offered atonement to God it was an imperfect sacrifice. They could not offer themselves – that would have been suicide – so they sacrificed animals as victims to represent them.

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A NEW COVENANT AND OUR CALLING TO BE HIS DISCIPLES

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Heb.7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12

On two occasions God entered into a covenant with His people in a binding agreement based not solely on law but on love.

Through Moses as mediator God made a covenant with His chosen people. He agreed to love and care for them, and they promised to be faithful to Him. Sadly, they broke the terms of the agreement and were unfaithful.

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JESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST - ALWAYS READY TO PLEAD FOR US

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Heb. 7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12

How comforting are these words, “The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain.” Why is this so? “Since He is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through Him.” These are the opening words of the first reading. In them we can find great security. We want to be saved and now we know for certain we can be saved through Jesus our High Priest, “holy, innocent, uncontaminated, our Mediator with God the Father.” “He has His place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in heaven.”

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