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HOW DOES OUR HEART RECEIVE GOD'S WORD?

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1 Tim. 6:13-16 & Lk. 8:4-15

The importance of perseverance is stressed in today's first reading. Human nature being what it is, we are inclined to become weary and tire of doing good, and would relish some relief from constantly trying. Among people in the modern world perseverance is lacking: they are easily bored, always looking for something new and different, and have little patience in being committed to large or small matters.

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BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM

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Tim. 1:15-17 & Lk. 6:43-49

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PERSEVERANCE AND KEEPING THE LAW

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Col. 1:21-23 & Lk. 6:1-5

Saint Paul is full of praise for the Colossians. Not long ago in thought and behaviour they were enemies to God, but now through the death of Christ are reconciled to Him. A complete conversion has taken place. He describes them as “holy, pure and blameless” but he cautions them that this will only continue if they “persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith,” never letting themselves drift away from the hope promised by the Good News.

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ARE WE USING OUR TALENTS FOR GOD?

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1 Thess. 4:9-11 & Mt. 25:14-3

Love is a gift from God. These words are backed up by Saint Paul in today's first reading, “You have learnt from God to love one another.” He praises them for the ways in which they demonstrate this and encourages them to make even greater efforts. For him love is not just a theological virtue but something that has to be put into practise every day.

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EVERYTHING HE DOES, HE DOES FOR GOD

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Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17 & Mt. 23:1-12

Ruth and her touching declaration to Naomi that resulted, in time, in her becoming the great grandmother of King David, from whose family line was born in Bethlehem our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For this reason her name has been indelibly etched in the pages of salvation history.

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OUR COVENANT WITH GOD AND JESUS’ LOVE OF CHILDREN

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Joshua 24:14-29 & Mt. 19:13-15

Just before his death Joshua gathered the people of Israel together to renew their covenant with the Lord. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" he said. They followed his example.

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FAITH IN THE BIBLE DEMANDS A PRACTICAL RESPONSE

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Deut. 6:4-13 & Mt. 17:14-20

There is a familiar ring to the words in today's first reading about loving God with one's whole being. This is because Jesus quotes those very words in the Gospel. These words formed part of a prayer or profession of faith which every devout lsraelite recited daily. They were written on a tiny scroll, placed in a small box and worn on their foreheads. The whole idea was that the love of God was to be the guiding principle of their whole lives.

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OUR MODERN WORLD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

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Lev. 25:1, 8-17 & Mt. 14:1-12

According to the Law of Moses, as described in today's first reading, the lsraelites were to set aside every seventh year as a Sabbath year, a year of rest when the land was to lie fallow, with no harvesting or buying and selling. Instead, the people would rely on the Lord to provide for them, allowing them to gather freely from what grew of itself on the land. After seven Sabbath years had passed, that is, 49 full years, a year of jubilee was declared, a time to rejoice in God's salvation.

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GOD’S LOVE AND PATIENCE WITH US

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Ex. 24:3-8 & Mt. 13: 24-30

We see how God ratified His covenant with His people in today's first reading. It was sealed when Moses sprinkled the blood of the sacrificed animals, on the altar which represented God, and then on the people. In this way God and His people were symbolically united. The covenant was a contract and the blood was the signatures which make a contract legal.

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FLIGHT INSTEAD OF FIGHT

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Ex. 12:37-42 & Mt. 12:14-21

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years, latterly in slavery, and although God had a plan to free them He was very patient in carrying it out. How often can we not see what God’s plan is in our own lives!

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