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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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WHAT LOVE JESUS HAS FOR US!

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1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12 & Mk. 10:46-52

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PRAY AT ALL TIMES

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James 5:13-20 & Mk. 10:13-16

Prayer should characterise all aspects of our lives and not just moments of crisis, Saint James tells us in today's first reading. "If anyone of you is in trouble, he should pray, if anyone is feeling happy, he should sing a psalm.” He adds that if anyone falls ill the elders of the church should be called and they should pray over the sick person. He goes on to tell us the power of prayer and gives us the example how, through prayer, Elijah brought both a drought and rain to the land.

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JESUS FACES HIS OPPONENTS FIRMLY

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Ecclus. 51:12-20 & Mk 11:27-33

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JESUS IS OUR MEDIATOR WITH GOD THE FATHER

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Acts.13:44-52 & Jn. 14:7-14

We often hear the expression, 'Their loss is our gain.' How true it is in relation to the Jews in Antioch who rejected Paul and Barnabas: they directed their efforts of conversion to the Gentiles as a result. The words spoken by God about Paul were now to come true, “I have made you a light for the nations, so that My salvation may reach the ends of the earth.” From now Paul would be known as the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles’.

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ARE WE FAIR WEATHER FRIENDS?

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Acts. 9:31-42 & Jn. 6:60-69

We could substitute the name of Jesus for Peter in today's first reading and it would sound like a Gospel narrative – except for one important element. Jesus performed miracles in His own name and by His own power while acted only in the name of Jesus and by His power. Notice how clearly Peter made this point when he said to the paralytic, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you!”

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SHOWING WE HAVE THE GIFT OF FAITH

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Acts. 4:13-21 & Mk. 16:9-15

Faith is a gift from God. It is not something we can earn or acquire by our own efforts. No one knows why God apparently gives it to one and not to another. A person can read the whole Bible, study the best of theologians, listen to the most persuasive of preachers and still not have the faith.

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HOPE FOR EVERY SINNER

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There seemed to be no peace for Jesus even as He approached His final moments. You would expect the priests who had manipulated His death giving Him no rest, with their jeering and mocking. But why did one of the criminals who himself was going through such a horrible death start to verbally abuse Him?

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