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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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“IT IS I. DO NOT BE AFRAID.”

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Acts. 6:1-7 & Jn. 6:16-21

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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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ARE WE GUILTY OF SELF-DECEPTION?

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Ezek. 37:21-28 & Jn. 11:45-57

We are aware that it is wrong to deceive other people, but isn't it equally wrong to deceive ourselves? Self-deception is probably more common and certainly just as destructive.

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JESUS KNOWS AND SHARES OUR FEAR

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Jn. 12:20-33

Jesus, the Son of God, was reaching the end of His mission. The time was rapidly approaching when He would give up His life on Earth so that the salvation of sinners could be accomplished. Jesus stood in our place, as a man like us in all things except sin, and today's Gospel reminds us of what His sacrifice meant in human terms.

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WITH WHOM DO WE COMPARE OURSELVES?

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Hosea 5:15-6:6 & Lk, 18:9-14

Two men went into the Temple to pray. Their prayers were quite different. One was a Pharisee, a religious and respected man in the community. At the back of the Temple was a tax collector, a man who was despised by most people.

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WHO ARE YOU?

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Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 & Lk. 156:1-3, 11-32

“The Lord is compassion and love.” Those words of the responsorial psalm summarise both today's readings. The first is an appeal to God to be merciful. “Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults to the bottom of the sea throw all our sins.” In the second, the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus gives us a perfect description of His Father, showing how patient, loving and merciful He is to both his sons. Each offended Him but He could not stop loving them.

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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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