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IS GOD THE DELIGHT OF OUR EYES?

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Ez. 24:15-24 & Mt.19:16-22

When God spoke to Ezekiel in today's Old Testament passage, it was to tell him some sad news. His beloved wife, the delight of his eyes, was to die suddenly. This message must have been very hard for Ezekiel to accept but God told him that he must not weep for her, but simply carry on his ordinary everyday life, eating and dressing as usual.

How was Ezekiel able to do this? Obviously he loved his wife, but he loved God first and was willing to do what God asked of him.

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JESUS, THE FINANCIAL ADVISOR

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Lk. 12:32-48

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HOW WE CAN LIVE WISELY

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Lk. 12:13-21

No one wants to be thought of or called a fool. As far as I know today's Gospel is the only time in the Bible that God calls a specific man a fool, although there are many instances of people acting foolishly. What kind of man was he? He was obviously a hard worker, a careful planner and a good businessman. These are traits that we all admire. But the truth is that God called him a fool for what he failed to do – the things he left out of his life. This man has something to say to you and me.

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THE BEST OF ALL PRAYERS

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Lk. 11:1-13

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTITUDE IN OUR LIVES

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Lk. 10:38-42

A dinner party that went sour is the focus of today's Gospel reading. It was a spontaneous event although we know that Jesus was a friend of the family. His Apostles were probably with Him for what could have been a very happy occasion, but it was spoilt because of the attitude of one person.

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WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?

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Deut. 10:10-14 & Lk.10:25-37

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Two people posed this same question to Jesus, independently of each other, and with totally different motives.

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WHAT CAN SAINT PAUL TEACH US ABOUT SUFFERING?

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Gal. 6:14-18

Are you a marked person? If you wear a wedding ring it says to the world you have committed your life to another person. What does a scar from previous surgery say about you? It marks you out as one who has endured suffering and so will be able to sympathise with others who suffer poor health.

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WE OWE SO MUCH TO THESE TWO MEN

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Today we honour the two greatest saints of the Catholic Church who were crucial in establishing it as a worldwide faith. Their influence has continued to present times.

“Follow Me” were Jesus' first words to Simon Peter; His last to him were “You follow Me”. Every step of the way between Peter never failed to try and follow Jesus – even though he often stumbled.

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THE DIVINE LAW OF INCREASE

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Lk. 9:11-17

With five barley loaves and two fish, Jesus and His disciples fed over 5000 people. After everyone's hunger had been satisfied, the leftovers filled 12 baskets. This means that what they had at the end was more than they had at the beginning. How can that remarkable increase be explained? In terms of logic and reason, it cannot. But there are two things for us to learn from this miracle.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY AS REVEALED TO US

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Prov. 8:22-31; Rom. 5:1-5 & Jn. 16:12-15

Every relationship we value involves a revelation of ourselves to another person. Ordinarily, this is a gradual process, becoming deeper as the relationship grows. It can begin before a personal meeting, especially through an individual's works. An artist reveals something of himself in his painting, a musician through the playing of her instrument. We can be impressed by how a son looks after his elderly mother or the dedication a woman brings to her work in a care home.

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