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JESUS HAS CONCERN FOR THE NEEDS OF ALL

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Tim. 2:1-8 & Lk. 7:1-10

Today's two readings complement one another in their message of ecumenical concern for others.

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WHAT IS LACKING IN THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST?

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:24-2:3 & Luke 6: 6-11

When Christ died on the Cross for us His sacrifice for the salvation of the world was complete and perfect. He need never suffer or die again in order to save us.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR US

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Thess. 4:13-18 & Lk. 4:16-30

The Thessalonians were filled with sadness because some of them had died and would be deprived of sharing in the glory of Christ’s second coming. They had failed to understand that salvation meant Jesus Himself raising the dead - and it would not matter if they had already died before His second coming.

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BE OPEN TO CHANGE

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Th. 1:2-5, 8-10 & Mt. 23:13-22

Today we begin reading from the earliest book of the New Testament, Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. The first Gospel was written 20 years later. Paul had already preached to them and they did two things for which he was very grateful. They accepted him, eagerly listening to his teaching; they took his message seriously, turning from idols to serve the one true God. Not only did they learn from Paul, but he received a new insight into the power of the Holy Spirit Who made these changes in their lives.

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KEEPING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS IS NOT ENOUGH

Liturgical Colour: 

Judges 2:11-19 & Matthew 19:16-22

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TAXES ARE NECESSARY!

Liturgical Colour: 

Deut. 10:12-22 & Mt. 17:22-27

Through Moses God is making an appeal to His people. He wants them to be like Himself. As He was dedicated to them, so they were to be dedicated to Him. As He had freed them when they were aliens in Egypt, so they are to befriend the alien in their own land. He had treated everyone with fairness and justice, that is how they are to treat others.

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NEVER FORGET THAT NO TASK IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!

Liturgical Colour: 

Numb. 11:1-15 & Mt.14:13-21

Did the Apostles believe Jesus had the power to feed this large crowd of people who followed Him and were hungry? He was testing them in today's Gospel reading and they had forgotten what He could do, telling Our Lord to send them home. Their faith in Him was too weak.

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SHOW COMPASSION TO THE WAYWARD

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 32:15-24, 30-34 & Mt. 13:31-35.

The lsraelites had just concluded a covenant of love with God when Moses left them for a short time to commune with God and to receive the tablets of the law. But in that short time the people reverted to pagan practices. When Moses confronted Aaron he reacted as most guilty people do, by trying to blame others: it was a sinful people who persuaded him to build a golden calf for them to worship. He even tried to claim that the calf had appeared by magic.

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WE SHOULD BE SATISFIED WITH GOD'S PLAN FOR US

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 14:5-18 & Mt. 12:38-42

There are some people in this world who are never satisfied. In a sense the Israelites mentioned in today's first reading were like that. After 430 years of slavery in Egypt, God was leading them into freedom. They should have known from His dealings with Pharaoh and the Egyptians what a powerful God He was and how He would look after them. But still they grumbled.

The same can be said of the scribes and Pharisees in the Gospel. After all Jesus had said and done, they were not satisfied. They wanted something more and something different.

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JESUS COMES BEFORE ANY PERSON OR THING

Liturgical Colour: 

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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