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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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FRIENDSHIP AND MARRIAGE

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Ecclus. 5:5-17 & Mk. 10:1-12

A true and faithful friend is something beyond price. And friendship is the topic of the First Reading today. True friendship should reflect the loving relationship in God, in the three Persons of the Holy Trinity, in Whom you will find no jealousy, possessiveness nor lack of trust. A friend is always there for you, the best person to have around in time of need.

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WORDS AND ACTIONS

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Gen. 11:1-9 & Mk. 8:34-39

Men decided to build a tower which would reach heaven and so make a name for themselves in the First Reading today. But this tower at Babel was done with no reference to God - and the result was disastrous. Their language was confused by God and this brought disunity upon them.

In contrast the day would come when the Father and His Son Jesus would, at Pentecost, send the Holy Spirit who moved people of many languages to unite in a single voice in the praise of God.

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WITH JESUS ON OUR SIDE WE NEED NEVER FALL

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Gen. 3:1-8 & Mk. 7:31-37

The origin of sin in our world is presented in Genesis in symbolic language. The serpent stands for Satan, the source of all temptations. The man and woman, symbolic of the entire human race, are not satisfied with all that God has done for them and want more, trying to put themselves in God's place. They abandoned Him and disobeyed Him. The tragic result was the opposite of what they hoped for; instead of becoming like God, they lost God's favour and everything He had given them.

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THE HALLMARK OF JOHN THE BAPTIST MUST BE OURS

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Heb. 13:1-8 & Mk. 6:14-29

John the Baptist was a man with a mission. His whole life was completely absorbed around the person of Jesus Christ. His vocation in life was to point Jesus out to others. In fact it is hard to think of John the Baptist without thinking of Jesus. How much would we like that to be said about ourselves?

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STRUGGLES FACED IN THE RIGHT SPIRIT WILL BRING US REWARD

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Heb. 10:32-39 & Mk. 4:26-34

Looking back over our lives we can all remember difficult times when life was almost unbearable. Yet, years later it is hard to recall in detail how trying things were. If the results made it all worthwhile, then our memory draws a veil over the unpleasantness, the effort and the struggle. When times are easier, we forget what strength and determination we needed during those difficult days. Doing the will of God, according to the write of the first reading, requires endurance.

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A NEW COVENANT AND OUR CALLING TO BE HIS DISCIPLES

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Heb.7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12

On two occasions God entered into a covenant with His people in a binding agreement based not solely on law but on love.

Through Moses as mediator God made a covenant with His chosen people. He agreed to love and care for them, and they promised to be faithful to Him. Sadly, they broke the terms of the agreement and were unfaithful.

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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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