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Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

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WE ALL LIVE UNDER AUTHORITY!

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Lam. 2:2, 1-14, 18-19 & Mt. 8:5-17

The Book of Lamentations has been called the 'Book of Tears' as it expresses the agony, distress, horror and grief over the fall of Jerusalem. When reading today's passage my thoughts went straight to the bombed towns of Syria and the devastation, desolation and weeping. It appears the only One who can help them is the Lord. “Stretch out your hands to Him for the lives of your children who faint with hunger at the entrance to every street.”

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GOD IS OUR LOVING FATHER

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2 Kings 25:1-12 & Mt. 8:1-4

An important event in Jewish history, the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, is told in today's first reading. The king was captured and tortured, his sons were murdered and his people were deported to Babylon. The writer evidently intended this event to be remembered, for he states the actual day when it occurred.

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THE ROCK ON WHICH TO BUILD OUR LIVES

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2 Kings 24:8-17 & Mt. 7:21-29

Solomon's son, Rehoboam, burdened his people with heavy taxes to maintain the Temple. This split the nation into two kingdoms, Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The kings of the newly-established northern kingdom gradually led the people to idolatry. As a result, God allowed the northern kingdom to be crushed by the Assyrians.

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WHAT A RICH INHERITANCE IS OURS!

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2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 & Mt. 7:15-20

Imagine one day when you open your mail and find a letter from a solicitor. A distant relative whom you have never met has died and named you in his will. You have inherited a fortune! After the shock of disbelief you begin to plan what you will do with all the money.

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NO ONE CAN FRUSTRATE THE PLANS OF GOD

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Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 & Mt. 7:6, 12-14

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, had destroyed the northern kingdom of lsrael and led the people off into slavery. He intended to do the same with Judah whose king, Hezekiah, knew that his people would be like an infant trying to confront a giant. So he did the best of all things and turned to God in earnest prayer.

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WE ARE BEING WARNED AND WE MUST NOT JUDGE

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2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 & Mt. 7:1-5

A tragedy which had been brewing for many years is the subject of today's first reading. It was the destruction of the northern kingdom, Israel, and its capital Samaria in 721 BC, by the mighty Assyrian armies. The conquered people were deported in disgrace and the northern kingdom was never the same again. The disaster was of their own making because of their infidelity to God despite the repeated warning of the prophets.

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WHY JESUS HAD TO SUFFER AND DIE

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Luke 9:19-24

One day when Jesus was alone with His Apostles He told them that He must suffer, experience rejection, and eventually be put to death. Jesus was such a wonderful Man, in love with life, His friends and His work. He had every reason to live. Why must He die?

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LIVING UNDER AUTHORITY

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Gen. 18: 1-15 & Mt. 8:5-11

The story of Abraham greeting three strangers who are out in the scorching noon heat of the desert has given endless interest to preachers and artists. Did the three strangers represent the Trinity they wonder.

Abraham’s hospitality is extremely generous. His guest tells him that next year he at the age of 99 will have a son. Sarah, who was well past the age of child bearing, was listening with amusement. The news made her laugh. The child born to them was Isaac and, through him, Abraham was to become the father of a great nation.

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GOD’S CARE FOR US

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Gen. 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 & Mt. 8:1-4

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GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY – ARE WE?

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Gen. 15:1-12,17-18 & Mt. 7:15-20

If there is anything in particular that we look for in human relationships, it is trustworthiness. Without this there can be no relationships at all. We want to be able to depend on a friend's word. We want someone who will keep his or her promises.

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