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LESSONS IN MOURNING – AND FOR LIFE

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Sam. 1:14, 11-12, 19, 23-27 & Mk. 3:20-21

When David heard about the deaths of King Saul and Jonathan he mourned bitterly. He and Jonathan were the best of friends. Jonathan had saved his life several times when his father Saul wanted to kill him. Now father and son were dead, David totally forgave Saul and lamented both equally and, because of the mercy he showed on this occasion, I am sure God was ready later to forgive him for his dual sins of adultery and murder.

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WHAT WONDERS JESUS CAN DO FOR US!

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Sam. 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1 & Mk. 2:13-17

Called to be king of Israel in very ordinary circumstances, Saul was anointed by Samuel with utter simplicity. He looked every inch a king, the most handsome man in Israel, but because somebody looks regal does not necessarily mean that they are. His reign was to lead the lsraelites on a new course and it proved to be a very turbulent one.

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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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WITH CHRIST WE HAVE CONQUERED THE WORLD

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1 Jn.5:5-13 & Mk.1:6-13

There have been ambitious men who have wanted to rule the world. Immediately there comes to mind the names of Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Napoleon and Hitler. “Who can overcome the world?” asks St John. You never thought your name could be numbered among them! For St. John answer his question, “Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” He adds to this when he says that “God has given us eternal life and this life is His Son.” With Jesus, who is God, we can conquer the world.

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A FEAST FOR TODAY'S VICTIMS

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1 Jn. 5:5-2:2 & Mt. 2:13-15

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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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SHEPHERDS FOR LOST SHEEP

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The world in which Isaiah lived was not so very different from our own. He saw around him people who were in distress, suffering from the wounds and bruises which life had inflicted on them. They did not know which way to turn for comfort, but God had good news for them, which He conveyed through His prophet. He would hear their cry of distress and there would be an end to their suffering. All their wounds would be healed, and even the Earth would be blessed with abundance. God would no longer hide Himself from His people, but send a teacher to guide them.

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ROUSE FROM DROWSINESS YOUR HEART!

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Dan. 7:15-27 & Lk. 21:34-36

Today is the last day of the Church's liturgical year. Tomorrow the season of Advent begins.

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A CLEAR CONSCIENCE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH

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1 Macc. 6:1-13 & Lk. 20:27-40

Antiochus IV is given much adverse coverage in this Book of Maccabees, for he was a constant menace to the lsraelites. We see him defeated, sick, unable to sleep and facing death in today's reading. This passage proclaims the teaching that you cannot live a life of sin and violence, and be at peace when you come to die. Antiochus had attempted to do just that.

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