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GOD HAS SPOKEN TO US THROUGH HIS SON

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Heb. 1:1-6 & Mk. 1 14-20

Who wrote the letter to the Hebrews? It used to be thought that it was St. Paul's fourteenth epistle. But modern Scripture scholars are convinced he did not write it, and we just don’t know who did. That is why today’s reading should be introduced as "A reading from the letter to the Hebrews”.

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BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

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Jn. 3:22-4:6 & Mt. 4:12-17, 23-25

“There are many false prophets, now in the world.” This was John’s warning to Christians of his own time, and it is still true today. People are searching for meaning and guidance in their lives and there is no shortage of “experts” who will try to show them the supposed way. Today’s prophets are subtle, persuasive and offer easy solutions. They know how to use modern communication techniques and manipulate the media.

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LOOKING BACK WITH GRATITUDE AND SORROW

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1 Jn.2:18-21 & Jn. 1:1-18

Nearly 2,000 years ago John, the Beloved Apostle of Jesus, referred to his days as “the last days” reminding us that one day will be, indeed, the last day, and then a new Earth and Heaven will begin.

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THE LORD HAS VISITED HIS PEOPLE

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2 Sam. 7:1-5,8-12,14,16 & Lk. 1:67-79

Does the proclamation of the Gospel fill you with joy and hope? When the Lord comes to redeem us He will fill us with His Holy Spirit, the source of our joy and hope in the promises of God.

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A NEW INTEREST IN GENEALOGY

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Gen. 49:2, 8-10 & Mt. 1:1-17

Many people are interested in tracing their roots and learning something of their ancestry. Most of us would like to know where we came from and what factors conspired to make us who we are.

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HEALTH IN SOUL AND BODY

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Is. 35:1-10 & Lk 5:17-26

Isaiah waxes eloquently about the coming of the Messiah. The people of God were in the doldrums and they needed uplifting. They were living during a bleak period of history, a time of punishment in exile far from their homeland and their precious temple in Jerusalem. Isaiah proclaimed a message of hope and encouragement. He promised that their Saviour Lord would come. “The eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed, then the lame shall leap like a deer.”

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FAITH AND HUMILITY PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS

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Is. 2:1-5 & Mt. 8:5-11

The good people of this world long for peace. If ever our world needs to read the words of Isaiah it is today. He tells us that when the Lord comes, “He will wield authority over the nations and adjudicate between many peoples; these will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, there will be no more training for war.” This can happen if we beat down our personal feelings of hatred and retaliation into love and concern; if we turn our self-seeking into generosity and service to others.

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THE WAY TO GIVE

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Apoc. 14:1-5 & Lk. 21:1-4

What are we to make of Saint John's description of Heaven in the First Reading today? At first it seems as if Heaven is an exclusive club, to which numbers are restricted and secret songs are sung. If the population is to be only 144,000 it must be full already! My guess is that that number would not even include all the children who were baptised end died soon afterwards. Nor all the canonised saints and holy people who have gone before us. What room would there be for the likes of you and me?

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DO WE SEE WITH FAITH?

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1:1-4; 2:1-5 & Lk. 18:35-43

The Book of Revelation was written during a time of intense persecution of the Church. People believed that the end of the world was very near and that only Christ's return to Earth could set things straight.

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WHAT ARE OUR REAL VALUES?

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Titus 1:1-9 & Lk. 17:1-6

Titus had been a co-worker and companion on one of Saint Paul's missionary journeys. Paul left him on the island of Crete so that he could appoint worthy leaders and organize the church there so that he could be free to continue his important work of evangelising further afield.

In today’s passage the virtuous qualities of bishops are mentioned. These are the expected requirements of anyone in a leadership position.

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