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DO NOT JUDGE

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Dan. 9:4-10 & Lk. 6: 31-38

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A TRUE MEASURE OF LIFE FOR US

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Lev. 19:1-2, 11-18 & Mt. 25:31-46.

We shall all have to face the final judgement. On what will we be judged? Both today's readings make it clear that we must love our neighbour as we love ourselves, and at our trial we shall have to show evidence of having done this.
Moses stresses some of the things that we must not do to our neighbour. We must not steal from him, slander him, bear a grudge against him. We must not exploit employees or show contempt for the disabled. We would not like to be treated in this way ourselves, so why treat others like this?

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DEEPENING OUR FAITH

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Acts. 19:1-8 & Jn. 16:29-33

The key word in today's two readings is belief. In the first Paul travelled to Ephesus and found there a number of believers. They had been baptised by John and repented of their sins but when Paul questioned them, to his surprise, he discovered that there were huge gaps in their faith. He could not believe they had never heard of the Holy Spirit, nor of baptism in Jesus.

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WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS WE STILL CAN HAVE RECOURSE TO PRAYER

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Ecclus. 1:1-10 & Mk. 8:11-13

The book of Ecclesiasticus was written approximately 200 years before the birth of Christ. Its author Ben Sirach is worried that his fellow Jews were adopting the customs and outlook of pagan Greeks. Through his writing he wanted to bring them back to their religious traditions.

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WE MUST PREPARE OUR HEARTS TO LOVE GOD

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Gen. 4:1-15, 25 & Mk 8:11-13

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HOW GENEROUS IS GOD AND HIS SON TO US

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Gen. 1:1-19 & Mk. 6:53-65

Today we begin reading the beautiful poetic account of creation. The purpose of the inspired author, who is thought to be Moses, was not to present a scientific explanation of the origin of the world. His was a religious purpose. Science attempts to unravel the facts of how the world came to be. Genesis presents God as the Creator of all things in a picturesque fashion.

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HOW JESUS PUTS NEW HEART IN US

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Heb. 11:32-40 & Mk. 5:1-20

One purpose of the Letter to the Hebrews was to put new heart into a community of Christians whose first fervour had cooled. Spiritual lethargy had set in, so the author reminded them of the heroes of the past and all they had endured and achieved in union with God.

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TO DENY THE MYSTERIES OF OUR FAITH IS UNPARDONABLE SIN

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Heb. 9:15, 24-28 & Mk. 3: 22-30

God is not limited by time. He has no past and no future. All is present for God. We cannot travel back in time, but God can make past events present to us today.

In the Mass God uses His almighty power to transcend time. He makes the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary present before us so that we may share in it. Jesus died only once and the Mass in no sense makes Jesus die again; rather this once-and-for-all sacrifice which He offered on the Cross is made present for us on the altar.

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BE WISE TO KNOW WHEN TO MAKE CHANGES

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Heb. 5:1-10 & Mk. 2:18-22

A priest is called to be a mediator between God and humanity. He is a bridge which spans the gap between God and us. Jesus Christ is our priest, our bridge with God. The unknown writer of the first reading reminds us that the chief duty of a priest is to offer sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice for the atonement of our sins on the Cross to God the Father. Every time we come to Mass Jesus renews this sacrifice on our behalf.

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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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