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THE PLACE OF REST PREPARED FOR US

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Heb. 4:1-5, 11 & Mk.2:1-12

What sad words they are in the first reading, “I swore that not one would reach the place of rest I had for them.” God is speaking about those Jews in the wilderness who had been freed from the tyranny of Pharaoh but, despite all the signs and wonders He had worked for them, they were unfaithful to Him. If we are unfaithful to God after all He has done for us those very words could apply to us.

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THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE!

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1 Jn. 5:5-13 & Lk. 5:12-16

“Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (v. 5). Our faith in Jesus, the Son of God, is the victory that overcomes the world. To believe in Jesus the Son of God is to believe in the Incarnation: that God became man and dwelt among us, was crucified for us and on the third day rose again and ascended into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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NEW BEGINNINGS

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Jn. 3:7-10 and Jn. 1:35-42

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A FEAST FOR TODAY'S VICTIMS

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1 Jn. 5:5-2:2 & Mt. 2:13-15

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JOHN WAS A LAMP BUT JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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Is. 56: 1-3, 6-8 & Jn. 5:33-36

The Prophet Isaiah has welcome words for those who do not belong to the Jewish race. He tells them that God rejects no one so long as that person will accept Him. “Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve Him and to love His name and be His servants” He will make joyful in His house of prayer. Their sacrifices will be accepted.

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NEVER SAY NO TO GOD

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Is. 48:17-19. & Mt. 11:16-19.

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JESUS CAN CURE OUR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS

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Isaiah saw a vision of the future which excited him very much. A time would come when barren land would become fertile, disabled people cured and the poor would be freed from oppressive rulers. All this would begin to happen when God’s Holy One, Abraham’s Redeemer, appeared on Earth.

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THE KINGDOM IS NEAR

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Apoc. 20:1-4, 11-21:2 & Lk. 21:29-33

Jesus Christ will preside over the final judgement of the whole world. He was not given this authority by some arbitrary decision of God; He earned the right to judge the world by His sinless life and sacrificial death. Moreover, in Saint John's vision, Jesus Christ will be assisted in the final judgement by those brave men and women who followed His example, by living a saintly life and by dying a martyr's death.

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BEWARE OF THE RIGHTEOUS ANGER OF JESUS

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Apoc. 110:8-11 & Lk. 19:45-48

The Book of Revelation was written at a time when the Church was undergoing persecution, and so it was written in a veiled style so that it would not be understood by pagans. As a result much of its meaning remains obscure for us today!

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BUILD YOUR LIVES ON LOVE AND TRUTH

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2 Jn. 4-9 & Lk.17:26-37

There are two key words in today's First Reading - love and truth. The word ‘love’ sums up the life of Saint John; he earned ‘the beloved disciple’ title. Once again he tells us, “Let us love one another,” and “to live a life of love” according to the commandments. His message is simple, yet so profound. Our source of love comes from God. No love is more desirable than His. If only we could appreciate fully how much He loves us, our whole outlook on life would be transformed. All we would want to do is to return that love and to love one another.

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