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Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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RADIATING GOD IN OUR LIVES

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Ex. 34:29-35 & Mt. 13:44-46

Having spent 40 days in the presence of God Moses left Him to meet his people - his face so radiant that they could not bear to look at him. Sometimes when two people are deeply in love, their love is so apparent that there is a glow on their faces. Something like that happened to Moses.

It is impossible for us to imagine the awesome beauty of our God but the effect on Moses might give us some idea. No wonder theologians refer to Heaven as a beatific vision of unspeakable happiness.

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WE NEED TO BE SOWERS OF GOODNESS

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Ex. 33:7-11; 34:5-9 & Mt. 13:36-43

Some people have read the Bible and come to the conclusion that the God of the Old Testament is a God of judgement, always ready to pounce on you if you do not toe the line. But the God of the New Testament is a God of compassion and mercy, so ready to forgive. The implication is that somehow God changed His mind about dealing with people, that He decided to change from being a God of wrath to being a God of mercy. This could not be further from the truth.

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SHOW COMPASSION TO THE WAYWARD

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Ex. 32:15-24, 30-34 & Mt. 13:31-35.

The lsraelites had just concluded a covenant of love with God when Moses left them for a short time to commune with God and to receive the tablets of the law. But in that short time the people reverted to pagan practices. When Moses confronted Aaron he reacted as most guilty people do, by trying to blame others: it was a sinful people who persuaded him to build a golden calf for them to worship. He even tried to claim that the calf had appeared by magic.

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WHAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS TO YOU?

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Mt. 13:44-46

What is the meaning of your life? What is the note that strikes deep in your heart and brings all the other notes of your life into harmony? That one thing is the quest of your lifetime!

Today's Gospel gives a clue to the answer. According to Jesus it should be your discovery of the Kingdom of God. Saint Matthew recorded His words earlier in the Sermon on the Mount … “seek first the Kingdom of God and all else will be given to you.” Now he refers to the parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price, the supreme finds of a lifetime.

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BETTER TO HAVE GOD ON YOUR SIDE THAN BE RICH

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Jer. 26:11-16, 24 & Mt. 14:1-12

Sometimes nothing seems quite right in this world. Not only do the rich become richer and the poor get poorer, but the powerful become more powerful and the weak get weaker. Evil appears to triumph and good is defeated.

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WE ARE CALLED TO BUILD UP GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH

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Jer. 26:1-9 & Mt. 13:54-58

When Jeremiah preached he had no idea that all of his work was really going to bear fruit in one person. Nor did he even suspect that there would be similarities between that person and himself. Had he known this, perhaps his mission would have seemed easier and his burden lighter.

That one person was, of course, Jesus Christ Who like Jeremiah preached a message of repentance, but with little of his harshness. His message was really overladen with love despite His meeting with rejection and rebuff as had Jeremiah.

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WE WERE FORMED IN GOD'S IMAGE!

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Jer. 8:1-6 & Mt. 13:47-53

What is God really like? None of us knows but in today's First Reading there is a helpful insight. Jeremiah watched a potter at work, carefully moulding and shaping his clay into a vessel. If it did not come out as planned, he simply reworked it until he achieved the right shape.

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WHEN LIFE IS HARD GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

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Jer. 15:10, 16-21 & Mt. 13:44-46

Jeremiah had a difficult and frustrating mission in trying to call the people of his time to repentance. He could have identified with our modern expression about banging your head against a brick wall! Nor did Jeremiah hesitate to complain to God: he felt abandoned having been given his mission - and he let Him know how he felt.

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HOW DO WE REACT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

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Jer. 14:17-22 & Mt. 13:36-43

When disasters occur we often look for someone to blame. It's the government's fault. It's our neighbour's fault. It's God's fault. It happened, too, in the time of Jeremiah when, apparently, Judah was suffering from war and drought.

Some people looked around for others to blame for the calamity, indignant that in their innocence they had to suffer. Still others believed that they had better find someone other than God to help them, but not Jeremiah who tells us how we should react in times of adversity.

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WHY A TINY MUSTARD SEED IS SYMBOLISM FOR JESUS AND THE APOSTLES

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Jer. 13:1-11 & Mt. 13:31-35

Jeremiah was commanded to use a visual aid as a means to illustrate the decay in the people's relationship with God. The rotted loin cloth, no longer fit for use, was a symbol of Israel's corruption.

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