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Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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GOD WILL PROVIDE AND WHAT TYPE OF HEARER ARE YOU?

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Ex. 16:1-5, 9-15 & Mt. 13:1-9

God our loving Father continually cares for His people and He responds to human need. Even if a 'natural' explanation can be offered for the presence of the manna and quails in the Sinai Peninsula where the lsraelites were wandering, it is clear that the Bible wishes us to know that God Himself was the provider.

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HOW TO BE A RELATIVE OF JESUS

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Ex. 14: 21-1 5; 1 & Mt. 12: 46-50

Today's first reading always reminds me of the wonderful way in which the lsraelites’ crossing of the Red Sea was portrayed in the 'Ten Commandments' epic film. Those lsraelites who escaped must have seen the hand of God in their destiny. They had to admit that God alone was responsible for their freedom.

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WE SHOULD BE SATISFIED WITH GOD'S PLAN FOR US

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Ex. 14:5-18 & Mt. 12:38-42

There are some people in this world who are never satisfied. In a sense the Israelites mentioned in today's first reading were like that. After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, God was leading them into freedom. They should have known from His dealings with Pharaoh and the Egyptians what a powerful God He was and how He would look after them. But still they grumbled.

The same can be said of the scribes and Pharisees in the Gospel. After all Jesus had said and done, they were not satisfied. They wanted something more and something different.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTITUDE IN OUR LIVES

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 10:38-42

A dinner party that went sour is the focus of today's Gospel reading. It was a spontaneous event although we know that Jesus was a friend of the family. His Apostles were probably with Him for what could have been a very happy occasion, but it was spoilt because of the attitude of one person.

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A GOOD LIFE CANNOT BUY HEAVEN FOR US

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 7:1-11 & Mt. 13:24-30

Jeremiah condemned the superstition of his time. Some of the people believed that simply because they possessed the temple in Jerusalem, God would favour them. Their triple invocation of 'the temple of the Lord,' was the indication of their superstition. It was as if they were saying, 'With the Temple in our midst, what more need be done?' Jeremiah's response was that there was more to be done - and that was to live an upright life.

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HOW GOD IS WITH US

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 3:14-17 & Mt. 13:18-23

There are different ways to receive God's word - joyfully and fruitfully, or with indifference, resentment and frustration. Sadly we can even just reject it. That is the meaning of today's Gospel parable.

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WE MUST NEVER TAKE GOD FOR GRANTED

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Jer. 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 & Mt. 13:1-17

Both of today's readings, I find, are very sad. God and His Son Jesus have done so much for us and we do not return the love and adoration He is due.

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WE SHOULD BEAR FRUIT IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITIES

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 1:1, 4-10 & Mt. 13:1-9

A series of 15 readings from Jeremiah begins today. He was reluctant to accept the call from God in 626 BC because of his youth, but God told him, “Before l formed you in the womb I knew you … l have appointed you as prophet to the nations.”

The first part of Jeremiah's ministry occurred during the reign of the devout king Josiah who in 622 began a series of religious reforms. During that era Jeremiah's words were like the seed spoken of by Jesus, which fell on good soil and yielded a rich harvest. But then things changed.

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HOW TO BE AKIN TO JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 & Mt. 12:46-50

Today's First Reading is a beautiful prayer asking God to shepherd His people. From an early period in the Old Testament era God as Shepherd was a warm and heartening image for the people. Jesus used that image for Himself, and for centuries later it still held much meaning while society continued seeing shepherds and grazing sheep.

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WHAT GOD ASKS OF US...

Liturgical Colour: 

Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 & Mt. 12:38-42

The court scene in today's reading is of cosmic dimensions. All of Nature is called upon to be a witness in this trial of the people, in which God is both prosecutor and judge. Despite all that God has done for them, the people have been unfaithful, thinking that external religious rites could substitute for a life of true devotion. The people have no case. They deserved to be condemned.

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