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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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EACH OF US IS PART OF GOD’S PLAN

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1 Sam. 1:1-8 & Mk. 1:14-20

As people of faith, trying our best to live the faith each day, we are called upon to believe that God guides and directs our personal lives, as well as world events. At times to emphasis His providential care, God acts in extraordinary ways. One of His favourite ways is to surround, with unusual circumstances, the birth of certain persons who will be particularly instrumental in carrying out His plan.

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HOW WE MUST LOVE

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1 Jn. 3:11-21 & Jn. 1:43-45

From the beginning when our first parents lived in harmony loving each other came naturally. Once sin entered our world that harmony was destroyed. Instead of being filled with love and concern for each other we are tempted with feelings of envy and hatred. This was the sin of Cain who murdered his brother.

John calls us back to our original state to love each other. He even goes so far as to tell us to lay down our lives for each other, just like Jesus demonstrated his love for us.

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LIVING FOR GOD

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Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2: 36-40

In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has to offer. They are not permanent as are the offerings of the Father.

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HOW TO READ THE BIBLE

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Neh. 8:2-6, 8-10; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

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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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THE IMPORTANCE OF MARY

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Had there been no Mary, there would have been no Jesus. In God’s economy of salvation she was so important to Him and us. Our first parents sinned and had closed the gates of Heaven from us. The whole human race was banished from Paradise.

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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 TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD ...

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Dan. 1:1-6, 8-20 & Lk. 21:1-4

The Book of Daniel is about Jewish people in a foreign land and how they kept faith. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, was a powerful leader and a great general. When he conquered a country, he took the most talented people back to Babylon to work in his court, leaving the poor behind to work the land.

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