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WHAT I WANT IS MERCY NOT SACRIFICE

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Ex. 11:10-12, 14 & Mt. 12:1-8

The origin and meaning of the feast of the Passover is explained in today's first reading. This feast was to become a yearly celebration of Israel's deliverance from the slavery of Egypt. As the event of the Passover was the greatest in the history of the people, so the feast was the greatest celebration of the year.

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GOD IS FORMING AND SHAPING OUR LIVES

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Gen. 46:1-7, 28-30 & Mt. 10:16-23.

The story of Joseph reveals God's plan at work in today's first reading. When Jacob realised that his son was still alive he set out for Egypt despite his advance age to see him again. It was a meeting filled with tears of joy and, because Joseph enjoyed such good favour with Pharaoh, he was able to bring his whole family with him.

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OBEDIENCE AND MERCY ENDEAR US TO GOD

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Gen. 23:1-4, 19: 24:1-8, 62-67 & Mt. 9:9-13.

Mourning the death of his wife, Abraham knew that he was soon to follow her. He also believed that God's plan of making him the father of a great nation would be carried on through his son. That is why he was so specific about the kind of wife Isaac should have and where they were to live. His attitude was not that of an overbearing father but of God’s faithful servant who wanted to make sure that God's will would be done.

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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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WHAT IS OUR TRUE HEARTS' DESIRE?

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2 Cor. 11:18, 21-30 & Mt.6:19-23

It appears that others were trying to rival Saint Paul in Corinth and were boasting about their accomplishments. He had to speak up for himself and, but for this, we would never have known about his sufferings and disappointments. He was able to undergo all these hardships because Jesus was his heart’s desire.

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LIFE IS DIFFICULT BUT THE PRIZE IS GREAT

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2 Cor. 4:7-15 & Mt. 5:27-32

After his conversion Saint Paul lived a very difficult and challenging life. Called by God to preach the Gospel he met much opposition and was disclaimed as a fake by some. It was a bitter pill for Paul but he continued in his zeal, going from place to place on long arduous missionary journeys, to proclaim the truth. Eventually he was arrested and suffered a martyr’s death.

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DO WE ALLOW GOD'S LOVE INTO OUR HEARTS

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Acts. 25:13-21 & Jn. 21:15-19

Paul is now in Caesaria; he is a Roman citizen and has appealed his case to the emperor, and now he awaits the royal decision.

THE DIFFICULTIES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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Acts. 18:9-18 & Jn. 16:20-23

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THE REAL CHALLENGE OF LOVE

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Acts. 15:22-31 & Jn. 15:12-17

When the pagans converted to Christianity there was bound to be a difficult period of adjustment. They needed guidance but they were receiving conflicting advice from leading Jewish converts and even some of the apostles. Should converts from paganism accept circumcision before they could become Christians? The apostles held a council and decided to simplify matters. They did not want to burden the pagans with inessential rules and mentioned only three prohibitions: food sacrificed to idols, meat from strangled animals and fornication.

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A HEAVENLY HOME IS PREPARED FOR US

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Acts. 13:26-33 & Jn. 14:1-6

The leaders of the Jewish community failed to recognize Jesus for who He was, the fulfilment of Jewish prophecy, and had Him executed. This is what Saint Paul said in the Antioch synagogue, in today's first reading, before making the point, “We have come here to tell you the Good News. It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children that God has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the first psalm, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.”

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