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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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HOW WE ARE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Acts. 2:1-11, Rom. 8:8-17 & Jn.14:15-16, 23-26

Our Lord Jesus Christ completed His saving work when, after His death and resurrection, He ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit into the world. This is how God recreated a fallen world, harvesting a new creation which is the Church.

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A TALK ON INHERITANCE

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Jn.17:14-18

Jesus did not die without first leaving us His inheritance. It was a simple inheritance. "Peace I leave you. May they all be one." Jesus wanted us to live in unity and peace, caring for and loving one another. This gives me an opportunity of talking about the subject of inheritance. I have never heard a homily on this subject and I remember someone asking me to preach on it.

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GOD IS IN CONTROL OF THE FUTURE

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John 14:23-29

It was on the eve of His death that the words of today’s Gospel were spoken by Jesus to His Apostles. He knew what was going through their minds and wanted to prepare them for the future. They were not naïve and wanted to champion His cause but they could see the clouds of hostility gathering momentum.

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SAY, “I LOVE YOU” WITH DEEDS

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John 13: 31-33, 34-35

When we make our thanksgiving after Holy Communion if there are three words that Jesus longs to hear from us, they are “I love you.” Am I right in saying that so often when we make our thanksgiving we make so many requests for things we want; we pour out all our problems asking the help of the Lord, and we forget to say those simple words, “I love you.” Those are the words Jesus wants to hear.

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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

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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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THE GIFT OF CONFESSION

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Of all the Sacraments we receive Confession is the most unpopular. The majority of us do not like to admit we are wrong, that we are sinners? Jesus knows how beneficial it is for us to be honest with God and ourselves and to admit that we are sinners and to be sorry for our sins, and so He gave us this wonderful Sacrament. Where is the scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Confession?

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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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