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ONLY JESUS HAS THE ANSWER TO DEATH

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Nahum 2:1, 3:1-3, 6-7 & Mt. 16:24-28

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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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HOW GOD IS WITH US

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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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GOD SPEAKS TO US IN SUBTLE WAYS

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Is. 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 & Mt. 12:1-8

Hezekiah, king of Judah, was desperate. Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, had declared war on all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. Now he was heading towards Jerusalem, the capital and Hezekiah's home. To make matters even worse, Hezekiah was facing a mortal illness. He turned to God in fervent prayer, and the Lord sent Isaiah with a message: Hezekiah would be healed, and the Lord would rescue the city.

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GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

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Hos. 14:2-10 & Mt. 10:16-23

Hosea is the prophet of God's love. Yesterday we saw how His love was touching and tender. He presented God as a Father who scoops His child, Israel, into His arms and presses him against His cheek. Today, fully aware of Israel's disobedience, he cries out, "Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God." His words easily make us think of the parable of the prodigal son returning to His Father. That too is a touching and tender scene, an image of how God completely loves us despite our failures.

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BE NOT PREJUDICED

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Amos 8:4-6, 9-12 & MT. 9:9-13

There is an obvious connection between today's two readings - they both condemn greed and injustice. Amos criticises those businessmen who exploit the poor and make huge amounts of money for themselves by dishonest means. In Jesus' time the tax collectors were also regarded as crooks.

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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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BASE YOUR LIVES ON HEAVENLY TREASURE THAT LASTS

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2 Kings 11:14, 9-18, 20 & Mt. 6:19-23

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ARE WE LISTENING FOR GOD’S GENTLE VOICE?

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1 Kings 19:9, 11-16 & Mt. 5:27-32

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HIS WORDS DELIGHT OUR HEARTS

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2 Tim. 3:10-17 & Mk. 12:35-37

"Ever since you were a child you have known the holy scriptures." Could these word of Saint Paul to Timothy be said of you and me? Those of us who belong to the older generation can remember that knowledge of the Bible was restricted to the Gospels and some of the Paul's letters!

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