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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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'DRAT! I HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLANS'

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Mk. 6: 30-34

Jesus planned a short break for Himself and His Apostles. They needed it. As Saint Mark says, “There were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat.” The details are not given but doubtless there was some planning and eager anticipation. But then they were confronted with a crowd of needy people reaching out for help.

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WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?

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Amos 7:12-15; Mk. 6:7-13

Love Jesus with all your heart and do as He tells you - and you are sure to receive opposition. The great Saint Paul once asked the rhetorical question, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Experience, both in his own life and in the life of every committed follower of Christ since him, tells the painful truth that even with God on your side quite a crowd of folks will be arrayed against you!

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WHAT KIND OF HONOUR DOES JESUS WANT FROM US?

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Mk. 6:1-6

Going home is usually one of life's most eagerly anticipated experiences, especially when we have been away for a long time. It seems reasonable to assume, then, that Jesus had a similar feeling for the small town of Nazareth where He had almost 30 years - before His ministry called Him away.

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TRUE FREEDOM IS NOT WHAT IT MIGHT SEEM!

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Luke 9: 51-62

Everyone wants to be free. Children don’t like being told when to go to bed or what vegetables to eat! Teenagers look forward to having their driver’s licence and the freedom it will bring.

Jesus was a free Man. He grew up in a religion that imposed strict restraints on people, but He refused to be bound by petty meaningless rules. He lived in a nation that was under the heel of Rome but He was not intimidated by those in authority. He pursued His own course with all the freedom of a bird in flight.

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WHY JESUS HAD TO SUFFER AND DIE

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Luke 9:19-24

One day when Jesus was alone with His Apostles He told them that He must suffer, experience rejection, and eventually be put to death. Jesus was such a wonderful Man, in love with life, His friends and His work. He had every reason to live. Why must He die?

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GOD’S LOVE FOR US - AND OUR LOVE FOR HIM

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2 Sam. 12:7-10, 13 & Lk. 7:36-8:3

The nature of love is such that it always evokes a response from the beloved. A person cannot remain neutral in the face of love: we respond either by accepting it or by rejecting it and behaving ungratefully.

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THE COMPASSION OF JESUS

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Lk.7:11-17

How do you respond to the misfortunes of others? In a number of places the Gospel records that Jesus was "moved to the depths of His heart" when He met with individuals or groups of people. Our modern word compassion does not fully convey the deeper meaning of the original Hebrew which expresses heartfelt sympathy and personal empathy with the suffering person. Why was Jesus so moved on this occasion when He met a widow and a crowded funeral procession on their way to the cemetery?

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