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IF CHRIST HAS NOT RISEN OUR FAITH IS IN VAIN

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Acts. 10:34, 37-43; Col.3:1-4 & Jn. 20:1-9

The resurrection of the Lord on that first Easter Sunday is the cornerstone of our Catholic faith. For if Jesus had not risen from the dead then, as Saint Paul says, our faith is in vain and, worse still, we remain in our sins. And if that were the case, then we are wasting our time.

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HOW FICKLE ARE WE IN OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST?

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Mark 11:1-10 & Mark 14:1-15,47

There is a stark difference In today's two readings from Saint Mark: what happened that Jesus went from being hailed a King to the chants of "crucify Him" within just a few days? It is the story of how fickle people can be as the initial joy fades into the distance and they willingly followed Him on the death march to Calvary.

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WHEN RELIGION BECOMES UNHEALTHY

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Jn. 8: 1-11

When a woman guilty of adultery was brought to Jesus by the Scribes and Pharisees they reminded Him that, according to the Law of Moses, she should be stoned but they wanted to know what He would recommend. His response took them totally by surprise.

“If there is anyone of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Knowing they had been outsmarted, these self-righteous guardians of public morality, one by one, beginning with the eldest, melted into the crowd.

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THE LOVING AND FORGIVING FATHER

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Lk. 15:1-3, 11-32

The parable in today's Gospel has to be the best short story ever told. Charles Dickens, for whom I have a great respect, called it “the most touching story in literature”.

It is about a young man who ran away, got into trouble and then decided to return home. He had left because he wanted happiness and freedom to do his own thing, but he made an awful mess of his life. When he hit rock bottom he was willing to trade his cherished freedom to be a servant in his father’s home.

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WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THE PERILS OF PRIVILEGE

Liturgical Colour: 

Luke 13:1-9

A tragic story about a group of believers who were slaughtered by Roman soldiers begins today's Gospel reading. It appears that the people who reported this story to Jesus believed that the victims were punished for their sins and got what they deserved. This prompted Him to give a stern warning, “Unless you repent you will all perish as they did.”

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WHEN AFRAID OF THE FUTURE

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Luke 9:28-36

Are you afraid of the future? Then let the story of the Transfiguration give you courage.

Jesus climbed Mount Tabor when His life was in danger to spend time in prayer, quietness and solitude. On reaching the top He prayed while Peter, James and John slept. He had brought them half way to Heaven, not for the view of the valley but for the view of the sky. While they slept Heaven descended on Jesus and, when the Apostles awoke, they saw Him in glory.

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YOU CANNOT SILENCE THE TRUTH

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Gen. 9:8-15; 1 Pet. 3:18-22 & Mk 1:12-15.

There are two simple but powerful sentences in today's Gospel reading. But they are stated so casually that their significance could easily be overlooked. The sentences are, “After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There He proclaimed the Good News from God.” On the surface these words appear to be nothing more than a simple historical statement. Mark is dating the public ministry of Jesus and saying it started in Galilee right after John had been imprisoned by Herod.

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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

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Lk. 6:27-38

A teenage girl wants to have her nose pierced and wear a ring in it. Her mother refuses to give permission. Her daughter says, "Please, Mum, everyone is doing it." A teenage boy wants to get a tattoo. His father says, "No way." His son says, "But Dad, everyone is doing it." His wise father replies, "What if everyone jumps off a cliff, do you plan to jump too?"

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A RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS

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Lk. 6:17-26

Do you want to be happy? Of course you do! But are you certain as to how this can be achieved? Jesus has the answer in today's Gospel. Let us reflect on the words that Jesus used and His suggestion that many of us are not finding happiness - because we are looking for it in the wrong places.

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ABOVE ALL JESUS IS OUR SAVIOUR

Liturgical Colour: 

Luke 5:1-11

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