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RECOGNISING OUR SPIRITUAL POVERTY

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1 Tim. 6:2-12 & Lk. 8:1-3

Timothy is being encouraged to teach sound doctrine by Saint Paul in today's first reading. To teach otherwise would be ignorant and full of self-conceit leading to jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another.

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LEADING OTHERS TO HEAVEN

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Tim. 1:1-2, 12-14 & Lk. 6:39-42

It is obvious that if I were blind I would want a guide who could see and lead me to safety. As sinners we are spiritually blind but our Heavenly Father has provided us with Jesus, His Son, the best possible guide. We can put our hand in His and He will lead us to Heaven.

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THE NEW WINE CHRIST OFFERS US

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Col. 1:15-19 & Lk. 5:33-39

If the words of Saint Paul in today's first reading sound very familiar, just think of the Creed. When we make that profession of our faith we acknowledge God the Father as creator of everything "seen and unseen". We proclaim our belief in Jesus “through Whom all things were made”, and in the Holy Spirit, "the giver of life". All three persons of the Blessed Trinity are involved in Creation, but I think St. Paul is asking us to reflect for a moment on the role of just one Person, Jesus.

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FORNICATION IS A SIN AND WE MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE LORD’S COMING

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1 Thess. 4:9-11 & MT. 25:1-13

The spiritual lives of so many young, and not so young, people is in a pitiful state. More and more are living together without marrying: in the Bible this is known as committing the sin of fornication.

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FRIENDSHIP AND LOVING GOD ABOVE ALL THINGS

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Ruth 1:1,3-6,14-16,22 & Mt. 22:34-40

Why is the small book of Ruth included in the Bible? The simple answer has to be that it is because she was the great-grand mother of King David and, therefore, was one of Jesus' ancestors.

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BE LOYAL TO GOD AND EACH OTHER

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Joshua 24:1-13 & Mt. 19:3-12

Some Pharisees attempt to test Jesus by asking Him whether it is lawful or not to divorce, in today's Gospel reading. His answer to them amazes His disciples as well. The teaching on the indissolubility of marriage appeared too strict to them, and they concluded that it would be better, then, not to marry at all.

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ACCEPTING THE CROSS IS CHRIST’S GAUGE OF OUR LOVE FOR HIM

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Deut. 4:32-40 & Mt. 16:24-28

We must lose our life for Jesus' sake in order to save it and thus never experience death, Saint Matthew tells us in today's Gospel reading.

For each of us this can be achieved, in part, by how we respond when Jesus asks us to carry our cross. What does that word ‘cross’ conjure up in our minds? Do we draw a long face and say ‘O no! This means penance, and doing what we dislike?’

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REMEMBERING IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE YEAR

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Lev. 23:1:4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 & Mt. 13:54-58

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HOW GOD’S COMMANDMENTS MAKE US FREE

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Ex. 20:1-7 & 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.

The Ten Commandments are God's word to His people. They are part of the covenant He made with them. By following this He was to be their God and they were to be His people. He would guide, protect and love His people and in return He wanted them to follow His will as manifested in the writing on the stones.

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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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