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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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BETTER TO HAVE GOD ON YOUR SIDE THAN BE RICH

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Jer. 26:11-16, 24 & Mt. 14:1-12

Sometimes nothing seems quite right in this world. Not only do the rich become richer and the poor get poorer, but the powerful become more powerful and the weak get weaker. Evil appears to triumph and good is defeated.

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A GOOD LIFE CANNOT BUY HEAVEN FOR US

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Jer. 7:1-11 & Mt. 13:24-30

Jeremiah condemned the superstition of his time. Some of the people believed that simply because they possessed the temple in Jerusalem, God would favour them. Their triple invocation of 'the temple of the Lord,' was the indication of their superstition. It was as if they were saying, 'With the Temple in our midst, what more need be done?' Jeremiah's response was that there was more to be done - and that was to live an upright life.

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WE MUST ACT IN JUSTICE – BUT WITH LOVE TOWARDS ALL

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Micah 2:1-5 & Mt. 12:14-21

Some scholars have referred to the prophets of the Old Testament as being the conscience of the people of God. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, was one of these men. In today's reading he attacks the wealthy landowners who have been dispossessing the poor by illegal means. He condemns exploitation of the underprivileged.

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GOD LOVES US AND NEVER BEARS A GRUDGE

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Is. 6:1-8 & Mt. 10:24

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A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR US

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Amos 9:11-15 & Mt. 9:14-17

Sometimes Amos has been referred to as a prophet of doom. Certainly his warnings about the infidelity of the people towards God were strong. But since he was truly God's prophet he had to inspire the people with hope. Today's reading is full of hope and encouragement.

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WE ALL LIVE UNDER AUTHORITY!

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Lam. 2:2, 1-14, 18-19 & Mt. 8:5-17

The Book of Lamentations has been called the 'Book of Tears' as it expresses the agony, distress, horror and grief over the fall of Jerusalem. When reading today's passage my thoughts went straight to the bombed towns of Syria and the devastation, desolation and weeping. It appears the only One who can help them is the Lord. “Stretch out your hands to Him for the lives of your children who faint with hunger at the entrance to every street.”

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PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD - HE WILL LOOK AFTER YOU

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2 Chronicles 24:17-25 & Mt. 6:24-34

Joash was the legitimate heir to the throne of King David. It was the priest Jehoida who saw to it that he was rightly installed as king. Joash began his reign well, but when the priest died, things started to fall apart. Evil princes persuaded him to allow a return to pagan practices. When Zechariah, the son of the priest Jehoida, admonished him the king ordered his stoning to death. As a result of his evil, God permitted the Aramaeans to invade Judah and bring disaster on the land.

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DO WE ACCEPT THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP?

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Kings 19:19-21 & Mt. 5:33-37

Elijah was a great prophet of the Old Testament and is sometimes presented as representing the essence of prophecy in lsrael. Before his death he was moved by God to appoint Elisha as his successor. Apparently Elisha was rather well off financially to judge from the fact that he owned 12 yoke of oxen and had several men in his employment. When called by Elijah he was at first somewhat reluctant, asking to spend a moment with his parents. Elijah grudgingly granted permission in a rather enigmatic way: "Go back, for have I done anything to you?"

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A LESSON FOR US HOW TO GIVE...

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2 Tim. 4:1-8 & Mk. 12:38-44

Preach the word of God with urgency and steadfastness, Saint Paul reminds Timothy in today's first reading. Not only was he to be a teacher but also a guardian to those people in his charge – an important, and at times unpleasant, task. To be a pastor means leading a 'flock' when sometimes you have to face accusations, false teachings and deviations from Jesus' true message. In those times, as today, many were preoccupied with myths and speculations, interpreting the Gospel to suit their whims.

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