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JESUS COMES BEFORE ANY PERSON OR THING

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Ex. 1:8-14, 22 & Mt. 10:34-11.1

Today we begin reading the book of Exodus from the Old Testament which describes the providential events that form the foundation of Israel as God's chosen people.

Why is the Church so attached to the Old Testament and especially the book of Exodus? The basic reason is that the God of Israel is the God of Christians: there are not two Gods, one for the Jews of the past and one for us today as Catholics. We must remember that Jesus did not come to destroy the past but to bring it to fulfilment.

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THE INFINITE LOVE OF AN INFINITE GOD

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Gen. 28:10-22 & Mt. 9:18-26

Having deceived his father into giving him the blessing his brother should have received Jacob left home, because of the trouble he had caused in the family, and now his life was in danger. He wandered all day and then stopped for the night in a desolate place. As he slept he had a strange dream of a ladder reaching from Earth to Heaven which angels were going up and down.

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THE WOULD BE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

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Gen. 18:16-33 & Mt.8:18-22

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JUDGE NOT AND YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED

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Gen. 12:1-9 & Mt. 7:1-5

How would you feel if you were asked to leave your home, uproot yourself from your own country and set out on a journey to an unknown destination? You might feel excited at facing a new challenge, or you might be very afraid of the future. I'm sure Abraham felt some apprehension when God told him it was time to move on but he had such faith in God's promises that he was prepared to do as he was told.

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WHAT JESUS EXPECTS FROM HIS FOLLOWERS

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2 Cor. 6:1-10 & Mt. 5:38-42

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ARE YOU HAPPY?

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2 Cor. 1:1-7 and Mt. 5:1-12

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DEEPENING OUR FAITH

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Acts. 19:1-8 & Jn. 16:29-33

The key word in today's two readings is belief. In the first Paul travelled to Ephesus and found there a number of believers. They had been baptised by John and repented of their sins but when Paul questioned them, to his surprise, he discovered that there were huge gaps in their faith. He could not believe they had never heard of the Holy Spirit, nor of baptism in Jesus.

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THAT YOUR FAITH MAY NOT BE SHAKEN

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Acts. 16:11-15 & Jn. 15:26-16:4

Some you win, some you lose. As the apostles went out preaching the good news they must have had a mixed reception. Today's story from the Acts of the Apostles is a celebration of success. Paul was able to convert a Roman lady named Lydia, and all her household, and she welcomed him and his companions into her home.

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HOW JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO US AS THE CHRIST

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Acts. 14:5-8 & Jn. 14:21-26

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SHARING THE FAITH

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Acts 11:1-18 & Jn. 10:11-18

If you had received some good news, would you keep it to yourself or would you want to share it with others? This was the question the early Christians had to ask themselves. The converts in Jerusalem were not prepared to share this good news with anyone who was not a Jew.

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