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HELL

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Mk. 9: 38-43, 47-48

It was during a parish Mission that I remember visiting a particular home. The moment I entered I sensed a very unhappy and cold atmosphere. When the husband saw me to the door he said that if I ever preached on Hell, in future, I should use the example of him and his wife who had no love for each other. 'Living like this is really like living in Hell.'

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FOLLOWING THE LORD’S LIFE OF SERVICE

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Mk. 9:30-37

Our Gospel reading today illustrates just how human the 12 Apostles were! Jesus wanted to spend precious time with them to teach them about His future. But telling them that the Son of Man would be handed over to men who would kill Him, and that in three days He would rise again, seemed to be beyond their comprehension.

Were they really listening to Him? They would not have given up their work to live with Him had they not loved Him - so when He said He was to be killed they chose not to listen!

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THE CROSS IS ESSENTIAL TO THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

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Is, 50: 5-9; Mark 8: 27-35

There are so many things to admire about Jesus. One of them is His calm and serene disposition throughout His life - despite the fact that He knew what suffering was in store for Him. Today's first reading from Isaiah foretold this. Yet when we witness the calm way He conducts His life we would never have thought that He had any idea of what would have to be endured.

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THANK GOD FOR ALL OUR SENSES

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Mk. 7:31-37

Do we ever thank God for our five senses? Each can give us much enjoyment and pleasure – and He gave the five of them to us.

We have the sense of sight. How many hours of enjoyment does reading good books bring us, or viewing our favourite television programmes, gazing at a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the beauty of a young child’s happy smile … to mention only a few? How awful it must be to have little or no sight!

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OUR WORSHIP MUST BE SINCERE

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Deut. 1:1-2, 6-8 & Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15; 21-23

What type of Catholics are we? Is our worship and love of God sincere or do we just give Him lip-service? When we read today’s Gospel we have to admit from Our Lord’s assessment that the Pharisees fall into the second category. They meticulously followed the traditions of the elders without any real love for God. But Jesus could read their hearts and labelled them as hypocrites.

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IF YOU LEAVE OUT CHRIST ...

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Jn. 6:60-69

A group of people came to a fork in the road in today's Gospel reading - and headed in different directions. That fork in the road was Christ and only some of them decided to go with Him.

Christ is that kind of figure. His very presence in the world demands a decision. We must go through life either with Him or without Him. If a person decides to live without Christ, will that decision make any difference in the success or failure of their life? My answer would be 'Yes!'

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A QUALITY OF LIFE THAT LASTS

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Jn. 6:51-58

Some people have dreamed about finding the secret of living forever. When we are at our best, with minds at their sharpest and our hopes highest, we might long for immortality. In those hours, there are certain qualities within our lives, certain relationships we have forged, certain dreams that we would like to see last forever.

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THE HUMANITY OF JESUS ...

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Jn. 6:41-51

Across the centuries Christ has been worshipped and served as the virgin-born Son of God. He is unique, and so very different from us. In all of history there has never been, and will never be, another like Him. He is God's special revelation of Himself.

To see Him is to see God; to know Him is to know God; to serve Him is to serve God. The eternal God and the divine Son have become so identified in our minds that we find it impossible to think of One without thinking of the Other.

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WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM CHRIST?

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Jn. 6:24-35

People whom Jesus had miraculously fed with five loaves and two fish came to Him with false expectations. Here was a man, they thought, to meet their material needs. Saint John tells us that as a result they wanted to make Him their king. But Jesus had something altogether different in mind.

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YOU ARE UNIQUE ...

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Jn. 6:1-15

What do we know about the young boy in today’s Gospel? Very little! He was probably a peasant lad who lived in one of the villages on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He happened to have with him five barley loaves and two fish which his Mum had asked him to buy for their meal. Little did he know that for centuries to come, whenever this event related by the four evangelists was recalled, he would be mentioned.

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