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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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FINDING TRUE FREEDOM IN OUR LIVES

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Amos 2:6-10 & 13-16, & Mt. 8:18-22

In the time of Amos, Israel was a prosperous country but also a corrupt one. Many people had become wealthy through exploiting the poor and many had sunk into moral depravity. Amos was sent by God to remind them that they were His chosen people. He had rescued them from slavery in Egypt and in return it was expected of them that they would observe His law.

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WE ARE BEING WARNED AND WE MUST NOT JUDGE

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2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18 & Mt. 7:1-5

A tragedy which had been brewing for many years is the subject of today's first reading. It was the destruction of the northern kingdom, Israel, and its capital Samaria in 721 BC, by the mighty Assyrian armies. The conquered people were deported in disgrace and the northern kingdom was never the same again. The disaster was of their own making because of their infidelity to God despite the repeated warning of the prophets.

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THE MERCY OF GOD IS UPON TO ALL OF US

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1 Kings 21:1-16 & Mt. 5:38-42

Ahab was an evil king but his wife Jezebel was even worse. Not satisfied with all his possessions as king, he wanted Naboth's vineyard. Fully within his rights, he refused to sell. But Jezebel perpetrated his terrible murder and told her husband that he could now take the vineyard without paying for it.

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TRUST IN GOD AND YOU WILL FIND HAPPINESS

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1 Kings 17:1-6 & Mt. 5:1-12

Anyone in the position of Elijah, the prophet, would have felt very insecure. He was called by God to warn Ahab to change his evil ways after marrying Jezebel, a very evil pagan with total influence over him. She made him abandon the God of Israel and worship the pagan Baal instead. He even went so far as to erect an altar to him in a temple he built. The Bible says of him that he did more to anger the Lord than any of the kings of Israel before him.

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