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ABOVE ALL JESUS IS OUR SAVIOUR

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Luke 5:1-11

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FOLLOWING CHRIST NEEDS US TO HAVE AN OPEN MIND

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Luke 4:21-30

No one likes to be deceived. We prefer the truth even though it is unpleasant. People are disturbed when told by their doctor that they have cancer, but it is even more disturbing to have cancer and to find out that the doctor did not tell you the truth.

But perhaps there is one kind of truth that we prefer not to hear, the truth that involves us making a complete change in our lives. There was once a lecturer who had a plaque on his door, 'My mind is made up. Please don’t confuse me with the facts.' Is this how most of us feel about this kind of truth?

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HOW TO READ AND OBEY THE BIBLE

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Neh. 8:2-6, 8-10; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

How many of us know how to read the Bible, or even listen to the readings? Two of our Scripture passages today address this very issue.

The reading from Nehemiah tells of a time when Ezra, the priest, stood before the people and read aloud from the book of the law. In the Gospel we see Jesus visiting the synagogue in His hometown on the Sabbath when He read, and briefly explained, a passage from the prophet Isaiah.

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HOW TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS...

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John 2:1-12

At the wedding feast of Cana Jesus took some plain ordinary water and turned it into quality wine. How could anyone in a matter of seconds, and without grapes, produce an excellent vintage?

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WHAT THE BAPTISM OF JESUS MEANS TO US

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Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Along with Mary and Joseph, I have always found Jesus’ behaviour at the age of 12 very puzzling. Being the Son of God He could do no wrong and He must have been a very obedient, thoughtful and loving Child. Surely He must have known that His three day stay in Jerusalem, without His parents’ knowledge, would cause them much heartache? Why then did He worry His parents and not tell them that He wanted to stay in Jerusalem and talk to the doctors of the temple?

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JESUS, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD

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Mt. 2:1-12

Saint Matthew’s Gospel is the most distinctively Jewish of the four. More than the others it seeks to establish that Jesus is the true Messiah of the Jews.

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LIVING FOR GOD

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Jn. 2:12-17 & Luke 2: 36-40

In the first reading today John praises three groups - children, fathers and young men - in their various stages of holiness. He appeals to them to forsake the sinful inclinations that the world has to offer. They are not permanent as are the offerings of the Father.

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WHY WE SHOULD JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS

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More than any other time of the year, the Christmas season is an occasion for parties … for families, schools, clubs and offices, to mention only a few. I think this is good but not all of these parties, nor the people at them, reflect the true meaning of Christmas. Nevertheless, it is good to know that Our Lord’s birth is the inspiration of more festivities than any other event in history.

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CONFESSION, THE BEST PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS

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Luke 3:10-18

Once again John the Baptist can help us in our preparation for meeting Christ this Christmas Day, just as he helped his contemporaries to prepare for Jesus’ coming. His preaching was so effective that it made many people, even tax collectors and soldiers, ask him how they could be ready for the Messiah. Now he is asking each of us today, 'What preparations are you making for the coming of Jesus this Christmas?'

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WHERE TO FIND CHRIST THIS CHRISTMAS

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Luke 3:1-6

The experience of travelling during the time of the Old Testament was very different from our own. Most people walked. Some rode a horse or donkey. For them road conditions were not a serious consideration. But for dignitaries, such as a king, they were. So a messenger would be sent ahead to see that the roads were passable and to alert the people to the impending royal visit.

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