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ADVICE FOR US ON LOVING OUR NEIGHBOURS

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Deut. 26:16-19 & Mt. 5:43-48

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A FRIEND OF YOU AND ME

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Is. 58:9-14 & Lk 5:27-32

Once again Jesus was in trouble with the Pharisees and scribes. They objected to His eating and drinking with people generally regarded as sinners. Jesus replied that He was like a doctor who had come to heal the sick. The tragedy of the Pharisees was that they did not recognise that they were sick! They thought of themselves as virtuous, but behaved in the ways which Isaiah condemned. They placed heavy burdens on people's backs by imposing many rules and regulations. Jesus accused them of greed, intolerance, and lack of compassion.

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HOW GREAT IS GOD’S LOVE FOR US

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Ecclus. 17:1-15 & Mk. 10:13-16

Praise of humanity and its unique place in God’s creation is the theme of the First Reading today. He made us in His own image and master of His Creation over every beast and bird. Only man and woman, of all God’s creatures, was given the freedom to choose good and reject evil. And they alone, of all God’s creatures, can voice praise to the Creator. With them He made an eternal covenant. All this tells us how much God loves us and how indebted we are to Him.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH

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Heb. 11:1-7 & Mk. 9:2-13

What is faith? It is defined and then illustrated by the lives of three illustrious Old Testament figures in the First Reading today. Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than his brother Cain; Noah feared God and built an ark to save his family; Enoch was taken up to Heaven and did not experience death.

These men were pleasing to God because by faith they obeyed God and accepted His lordship, even though they did not understand what God asked of them.

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HOW READY WE ARE TO BLAME OTHERS

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Gen. 3:9-24 & Mk 8:1-10

Human nature never changes! When God asked Adam if he had eaten from the tree from which he was forbidden, Adam was quick with his excuse, "Don't blame me, blame the woman you gave me.” When Eve was asked what she had done, she was not going to take the blame either, "Don't blame me; blame the serpent in the grass."

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JESUS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN OUR LIVES

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Heb. 13:15-17, 20-21 & Mk. 6:30-34

On returning from a missionary journey, Jesus said to His apostles, “You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while.” He was eager for them to enjoy physical rest, but also the opportunity to recharge their spiritual batteries. He was concerned that amid the demands of ministry they might lose a sense of union with Him. He wanted them to spend time alone with Him.

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FAITH ASSURES US THAT GOD IS POWERFUL AND LOVING

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Heb. 11:1-2, 8-19 & Mk. 4:35-41

Most little children have complete faith and trust in their parents. They turn to them for their every need believing they can do anything, from soothing a pain to mending a toy. They live life with joy and abandon, just knowing that their parents are powerful and loving.

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LOVE THE MASS AND SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS

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Heb. 9:2-3, 11-14 & Mk. 3:20-21

When the priests of the Old Testament offered atonement to God it was an imperfect sacrifice. They could not offer themselves – that would have been suicide – so they sacrificed animals as victims to represent them.

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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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