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WHY MARY WAS TRULY BLESSED

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Gal. 3:22-29 & Luke 11:27-28

The feasts, kosher rules and everyday regulations of Jewish life were included in the 'law' which Saint Paul describes as a kind of 'saviour' that kept people close to God.

But as he says in today's First Reading we come close to God and share His life, not though the regulations of Jewish life but through faith in Jesus Christ. The very righteousness of Christ can be ours through our faith and Baptism into Him. Through the sacraments we become part of Christ and of His Mystical Body.

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WHAT PRIVILEGES ARE OURS WHEN WE LOVE JESUS!

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Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 & Lk. 10:17-24

Job had to endure much suffering and much soul-searching but he came through it all and his story had a happy ending. He had lost everything he had owned and loved. His children had been slain. His wife abandoned him. His health had been ruined. His property was destroyed. He went from the depths of despair to the heights of joy. He went from the ash heap to the mountain top.

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THERE IS MEANING TO OUR LIFE

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The author of the book of Ecclesiastes does not sound optimistic. The reason is that despite his belief in God, he lived in an era when there was no clear understanding of the afterlife. The notion of a blessed immortality was not part of his thinking. If death is the end then even the greatest accomplishments are but a fleeting satisfaction, lost forever in the darkness of the grave. The truth is that Jesus, by His own death and resurrection, has overcome death for each of us. It is through Jesus that God the Father calls us to everlasting life.

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HOW DOES OUR HEART RECEIVE GOD'S WORD?

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The Christians in the church at Corinth were worried about the life to come. Most of them came from a Greek background that believed the soul would live forever once it was freed from the 'prison house' of the body. But Saint Paul insisted that the redeemed would be given a resurrected body on the last day.

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

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1 Cor. 10:14-22 & Lk. 6:43-49

What does the Eucharist really mean to us? Do we truly believe, as Saint Paul says, that the blessing cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ, that the bread we break is a communion with His Body? This is the truth that he was trying to impress upon his Corinthian converts.

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TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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1 Cor. 4:6-15 & Lk 6:1-5

It was natural for Saint Paul to take an interest in the Church at Corinth for the Christians there were his converts. He had spent some time with them, teaching them all that he himself had learnt from Christ.

But he was saddened to hear the alarming news that they had started to feel very superior and self-satisfied, regarding themselves as privileged people who deserved respect. And so Paul wrote to them a stern letter pointing out a few home truths.

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ARE WE USING OUR TALENTS FOR GOD?

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1 Cor. 1:26-31 & Mt. 25:14-3

In a first class hotel the prime table goes to those people who give the head waiter a handsome tip. That is not God's way. In an expensive department store the person who is smartly dressed, and who spends the most, will be helped before the people who are less affluent. That is not God's way. The label of 'VIP' - very important person - applies only to those who are considered to be prominent citizens. That is not so with God. You will never find God running after a film star or a professional athlete to get his or her autograph!

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GOD WOULD RESTORE ISRAEL TO THEIR HOMELAND AND TEMPLE

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Ez. 43:l-7 & Mt. 23:1-1 2

The Jews were living in exile. They felt that they were a people very near extinction. But Ezekiel promised that God would restore them to their homeland and their temple. He used the image of flowing water as the sign of God's gift of life. They were to look to God and His gift as the source of their continued existence.

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WHAT GOD'S CONDITIONAL PROMISES MEAN FOR US

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Ez. 18:1-10, 13, 30-32 & Mt. 19:13-15

God's love is unconditional. He loves us without any strings attached. But God's promises are another matter. He promises us that we will live, but only if we repent and try to avoid all sin. God cannot give us the blessings He wants for us if we do not keep our side of the bargain.

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OUR SUFFERING IN THE FACE OF FAITH IS A MYSTERY

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Habakkuk 1:12-2:4 & Mt. 17:14-20

A woman was diagnosed as having terminal cancer. She prayed for a cure but her condition only worsened. One friend told her that it was foolish to pray because prayer accomplished nothing. Another told her that the only reason she was not cured was that her faith was not strong enough. She said that anyone who had enough faith will be cured. Both friends were wrong.

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