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THE VALUE OF CONFLICT

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Saint Paul was greatly concerned to preserve the unity of the church at Corinth. He believed like many of us do that doctrinal and liturgical divisions among Christians are an embarrassment if not a scandal. After all, we all worship the same God, follow the same Lord and read the same Bible. How can the world take us seriously when we cannot get our act together within the church?

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WE MUST HATE THE SIN - BUT LOVE THE SINNER

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1 Cor. 5:1-8 & Lk. 6:6-11
Immoral behaviour was condemned by Saint Paul in very harsh language. He had learnt that a member of the Church was openly living with his stepmother, an incestuous relationship forbidden even in pagan society. Paul was angry because of the harm that this wrongdoing would cause - to the sinner himself, the Church and the wider community.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS GOOD FOR US!

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1 Cor. 2:1-5 & Lk. 4:16-30

In his preaching Saint Paul did not resort to the philosophical rhetoric of his day. He was but a tent maker who spoke a simple message relying on the power of the Spirit, not human ingenuity. The result was that some of the Corinthians were not prepared to accept him. They would have preferred flowery language.

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ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR CHURCH?

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2 Thess. 1:1-5, 11-12 & Mt. 23:13-22

We hear people brag about how well their children are doing at school, how much they enjoy driving their sports car, how beautiful is their garden and how wonderful are their holidays. There is nothing wrong in taking pride in these things. They play an important part in our lives.

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JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD AND WE ARE TEMPLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Ezek. 1:2-5, 24-28 & Mt. 17:22-27

The temple in Jerusalem was very precious to the Jews, not because it was made of valuable stones and metals, but because it was the special abode of God on Earth and their supreme place of worship. All Jews had to contribute to the upkeep of this magnificent edifice by means of a temple tax.

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JESUS HAD NO TIME TO GRIEVE

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Jer. 28:1-17 & Mt. 14:13-21

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WHY A TINY MUSTARD SEED IS SYMBOLISM FOR JESUS AND THE APOSTLES

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Jer. 13:1-11 & Mt. 13:31-35

Jeremiah was commanded to use a visual aid as a means to illustrate the decay in the people's relationship with God. The rotted loin cloth, no longer fit for use, was a symbol of Israel's corruption.

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WHAT GOD ASKS OF US...

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Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 & Mt. 12:38-42

The court scene in today's reading is of cosmic dimensions. All of Nature is called upon to be a witness in this trial of the people, in which God is both prosecutor and judge. Despite all that God has done for them, the people have been unfaithful, thinking that external religious rites could substitute for a life of true devotion. The people have no case. They deserved to be condemned.

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WHAT DO THE CHOICES WE MAKE SAY ABOUT US?

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Is. l:11-17 & Mt. 10:34-11:1

A bribe is some kind of payment given with a view to perverting the judgement or corrupting the conduct of a person in a position of power.
It is a selfish rather than a generous act. In contrast a gift is an expression of love with no strings attached and nothing expected in return.

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JESUS IS CONCERNED ABOUT EVERYONE OF US

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Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22 & Mt. 9:18-26

We can never fully appreciate the depth and intensity of God's love for us. The reason is that all we can do is to compare His love with what we already know about love from human experience, and that experience can never match the realm of God's love for us.

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