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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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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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THE POWER OF SPEECH

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James 3:1-10 & Mk. 9:2-13

St. James is eminently the practical writer of the New Testament. In today's reading he strikes at the heart of a basic human problem the misuse of the great gift of speech. He makes a marvelous comparison in which he likens the tongue to a rudder which, despite its smallness, controls the course of a mighty ship. We should never underestimate the gift of speech.

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THE MASS – THE ANTIDOTE TO THE POISON OF MATERIALISM

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1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34 & Mk. 8:1-10

After the death of Solomon, the kingdom was split in two. Jeroboam, who had fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of Solomon, returned to rule the northern kingdom. In the southern kingdom Jerusalem was the place of worship. Where were the people of the northern kingdom to worship? Jeroboam decided to set up official places of worship within his own territory. But very soon the inevitable happened. Pagan beliefs and practices were introduced and the people fell away from worshipping the one true God.

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THE VALUE OF UNSELFISH PRAYER

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1 Kings 3:4-13 & Mk. 6:30-34

The prayer of Solomon pleased God because it was an unselfish prayer. The gift he asked for, although for himself, was to benefit others. He was a young king who wanted to govern his people well, so he asked for the ability to judge wisely and fairly.

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GOD IS ALWAYS EAGER TO FORGIVE US IF WE ASK

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2 Sam. 12:1-7, 10-17 & Mk. 4:35-41

The prophet Nathan was given a very difficult task from the Lord which demanded a great deal of courage. He was to confront King David with his sins of adultery and murder, and call him to repentance. Prudently, and with a great deal of ingenuity, he prepared David by telling him the parable of the selfish rich man. David fell into the trap.

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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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