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BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE

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Is. 65:17-21 & Jn. 4:43-54

The coming of an era when redemption would begin with the death and resurrection of Christ was foretold by Isaiah, and in today's Gospel we see the court official experiencing the start of this redemption.

Is it true that when we meet trouble our initial reactions are almost always negative? We feel frightened, helpless and insecure. We ask, 'Why me?' We wish it had never happened and, most of all, that it would go away. Yet trouble can be the means of drawing us closer to Jesus as exemplified by the court official.

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IS THIS 'PROPHET' ACCEPTED BY US?

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2 Kings 5:1-15 & Lk. 4:24-30

Naaman the Syrian was a general in the king's army but he became a leper. The biblical term "leprosy" covers a wide range of skin diseases but it was a sickness that could attack anyone, anywhere. For all of his position and power Naaman was not exempt from its attack, and knowing he was a leper he squarely faced the fact.

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DO NOT JUDGE

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Dan. 9:4-10 & Lk. 6: 31-38

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A TRUE MEASURE OF LIFE FOR US

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Lev. 19:1-2, 11-18 & Mt. 25:31-46.

We shall all have to face the final judgement. On what will we be judged? Both today's readings make it clear that we must love our neighbour as we love ourselves, and at our trial we shall have to show evidence of having done this.
Moses stresses some of the things that we must not do to our neighbour. We must not steal from him, slander him, bear a grudge against him. We must not exploit employees or show contempt for the disabled. We would not like to be treated in this way ourselves, so why treat others like this?

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WE NEED HUMILITY FILLED WITH GOOD SENSE

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James 3:13-18 & Mk. 9:14-29

The letter of Saint James is filled with practical advice for Christian living. In today's first reading he writes, "If there are any wise or learned men among you, let them show it by their good lives, with humility and wisdom in their actions." The surprising thing about this advice is that we do not ordinarily connect wisdom and humility.

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BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU WISDOM

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James 1:1-11 & Mk. 8:11-13

Today we begin reading from the letter of St. James, who was a relative of Jesus. It is a very old writing, dating back to possibly the year 62 A.D. The content of this letter was probably a sermon given during the liturgy. Its main purpose was to insist that Christianity must be practical; that faith must influence the way we live. What good is faith if it does not produce good works? It has to be seen in action.

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THE MASS IS A DYNAMIC REALITY

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Kings 8:1-7, 9-13. & Mk. 6:53-56.

There is a jubilant scene in today's first reading. King Solomon offered sacrifices before the Ark of the Covenant which the priests had placed in the new temple. It represented the presence of God in His new house. The joy and enthusiasm of the people was intense.

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EXPERIENCING THE POWER AND LOVE OF JESUS IN OUR OWN LIVES

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2 Sam. 15:13-14, 30, 16:4-13 & Mk. 5:l-20

Absalom was a son of King David who had murdered Amnon, his half-brother and David's eldest son. David imposed on him a punishment which was mild in comparison: he was sent into exile for two years and then banished from court. In retaliation Absalom was determined to kill his own father and seize the throne for himself. David fled in fear.

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TO DENY THE MYSTERIES OF OUR FAITH IS AN UNPARDONABLE SIN

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2 Sam. 5:1-7, & Mk. 3:22-30

During today's first reading were you struck by the similarities between David and Jesus? When He was a boy I am sure Jesus would have been steeped in the history of His people. He would have known all there was to know about His ancestor King David, perhaps even regarding him as His hero as one writer has claimed.

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Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

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Sam. 15:16-23 & Mk. 2:18-22

God commanded King Saul to wage a holy war against the Amalekites. Not one of their possessions was to be spared. But Saul made the mistake of putting his judgement above that of God. With good intentions, but in disobedience, he did not destroy the best of the sheep and oxen. He allowed the people to use them to sacrifice to God.

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