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WHAT IS OUR HEART'S DESIRE?

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Hosea 14:2-10 & Mark 12:28-34

Return to the Lord who will heal people's wounds and recreate them as new beings. This is the plea of Hosea in the first reading. The result of our returning to God will bring about the flowering of new life. “He shall bloom like the lily, and thrust out roots like the poplar.”

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WHOM DO WE RESPECT?

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Gen. 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28 & Mt. 21:33-43, 45-46

A lack of respect is the theme in both today's readings. In one a young man is rejected and ill-treated by his own brothers; in the other servants turn against their landlord.

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SEARCH YOUR HEARTS IN THIS TIME OF REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION

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Ez. 1 8:21-28 & Mt. 5:20-26,

"If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven." What did Jesus mean in these words to His disciples? He was talking about those Pharisees who appeared to live good lives, upholding the law and performing all the necessary religious duties. They could not be faulted on their outward behaviour but Jesus knew that their goodness was often superficial. There was a vast difference between their appearance, and their inner thoughts and attitudes.

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THE VALUE OF FASTING TODAY

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Is. 58:1-9 & Mt. 9:14-15

The disciples of John were anxious to know why Jesus' followers did not fast as the Pharisees did. Fasting played a large part in Jewish tradition and it seemed strange that the disciples of a religious teacher did not practise this custom. Jesus was not opposed to fasting - in fact He saw the need for it in His own life - but He wanted to remind people of its true purpose.

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WORDS AND ACTIONS

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James 2:14-24, 26 & Mk. 8:34-39

We are not saved by our own power any more than a baby is conceived in the womb by his own power. A baby is conceived by his parents, and we are saved by God our Father. Salvation, becoming children of God, is God's work not our own.

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JESUS BRINGS UNITY AND PEACE OUT OF CHAOS

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1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19 & Mk. 7:31-37

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GOD FORGIVES AND FORGETS OUR SINS

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Eccles. 47:2-11. & Mk. 6:14-29

The book of Ecclesiasticus was written many centuries after the death of King David. It looked back upon his life in much the same way as do with our national heroes, such as Nelson and Churchill, whose virtues we remember while forgetting or ignoring their faults. The author recalled David's considerable faults with only a fleeting reference.

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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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DAVID TEACHES US TO BE MERCIFUL

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Sam. 24:3-21 & Mk. 3:13-19

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ARE WE GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR WHAT WE HAVE?

Liturgical Colour: 

Sam. 8:4-7; 10-22 & Mk 2:1-12

Throughout history people have tended to be never satisfied with their circumstances. Are we always looking for something better to turn up, and to be like those who seem to be better off in life than ourselves?

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