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WHAT WONDERS JESUS CAN DO FOR US

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Heb. 4:12-16 & Mk.2:13-17

`The Letter to the Hebrews has its own unique way in praising the word of God. It writes “the word of the God is something alive and active; it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely.” There is much we can draw from its description. It is living and not a relic of the past. It invites us to strengthen our faith and persevere in our love. It challenges us to grow in holiness and avoid any attachment to sin.

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DO WE UNDERSTAND JOHN THE BAPTIST'S BURNING AMBITION?

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1 Jn. 5:14-21 & Jn. 3:22-30

We who belong to God are being encouraged by Saint John in today's first reading to pray confidently to Him, for He will hear us if whatever we ask of Jesus is in accordance with His will. That is good news that we should never forget!

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HOW WE MUST LOVE

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1 Jn. 3:11-21 & Jn. 1:43-45

From the beginning when our first parents lived in harmony loving each other came naturally. Once sin entered our world that harmony was destroyed. Instead of being filled with love and concern for each other we are tempted with feelings of envy and hatred. This was the sin of Cain who murdered his brother.

John calls us back to our original state to love each other. He even goes so far as to tell us to lay down our lives for each other, just like Jesus demonstrated his love for us.

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CALLED TO BE PROPHETS

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Jn.: 2:3-11 Luke 2: 22-35

Once again in today’s first reading John touches on the subject of love. “Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light.” When we have learned to control our tongue, to repay good for evil, to forgive … it is then that we walk in the light of Christ.

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GOD EXALTS THE LOWLY

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1 Sam. 1:24-28 & Lk. 1:46-56

In today’s first reading we see how grateful Hannah is to God for Samuel’s birth. She offers a sacrifice in thanksgiving.

Almost everyone young and old remembers and loves the story of Cinderella. She was the young woman who had to cook, clean and scrub while her stepsisters had a good time. But in the end she was the one chosen to marry the Prince. We enjoy this story because we are happy to see the proud cast down and the humble lifted. We like to support the underdog.

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LISTEN TO THE PROPHETS

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Ecclesiasticus 48: 1-4, 9-11 & Mt. 17: 10-13

In these weeks of Advent we hear a great deal about the prophets. The whole of Old Testament history was leading towards Christ's coming, and it is the prophets who tried to prepare His people to receive Him. Some like Isaiah, consoled the people with a vision of future happiness and peace. Others, like Elijah, exhorted them to repent and change their ways. In today’s first reading, we see how Elijah's preaching was like a torch, his words burning like fire into the consciences of his listeners.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MARY

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Had there been no Mary, there would have been no Jesus. In God’s economy of salvation she was so important to Him and us. Our first parents sinned and had closed the gates of Heaven from us. The whole human race was banished from Paradise.

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“JESUS, REMEMBER ME IN YOUR KINGDOM”

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Apoc. 22:1-7 & Lk. 21:34-36

Today is the last day of the liturgical year before Advent begins tomorrow. The reading from the Book of Revelation presents the final scene of human history, the new Jerusalem, our heavenly home. And yet this final scene calls us back to the beginning of the human race and the beginning of our individual lives as Christians.

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THE LIFE AFTER DEATH THAT COMES FROM LIVING THE TRUTH

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Apoc. 11:4-12 & Lk. 20:27-40

Today's first reading is one of the most obscure passages in the Book of Revelation. The two witnesses have to be Moses, who turned the river Nile into blood, and Elijah, who locked up the sky so that it did not rain. In this passage the witnesses are killed but after several days they come back to life. This means that people can try to destroy the truth but they can never kill it. The truth will always remain.

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THE GOD WHO FREED HIS PEOPLE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS

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3 Jn. 5-8 & Lk. 18:1-8

Saint John is writing to a man named Gaius in today's First Reading, praising him for welcoming strangers who are spreading love for Jesus among pagans. He encourages Gaius to look after them on their travels as they do not expect remuneration from pagans. Such generosity would have the approval of God.

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