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Jesus Is The Lamb Of God

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John 1:29-34

John the Baptist was a man with a mission. His life was planned for him. His task was to herald the coming of the Messiah to the Jews. He prepared himself for this task by living an austere life in the wilderness.

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WHAT DOES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS SAY TO US?

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Mark 1:7-11

Why did Jesus, the sinless Son of God, submit Himself to a baptism of repentance? Even John the Baptist was puzzled. I don’t propose to solve the mystery today. Instead I want to consider what the Baptism of Jesus says to you and me – and how it is a testimony to the fact of human sinfulness and our need for repentance. He was well aware of the evil in men and women. Did they not spit upon Him, crown Him with thorns and nail Him to the Cross?

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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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PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITIES - DEMANDING BUT REWARDING

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Mt. 2:13-15, 19-23

We don't choose our families. We are at God's mercy in the circumstances of our lives. The mother, father, brothers and sisters we have are all determined by God and it is within our families that our characters and personalities are formed. If we are born into a loving and caring family, the chances are we shall grow into mature and stable human beings. The converse would also be true - if we grow up in a dysfunctional family where we experience little care and love we are likely to be insecure and unstable.

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SIGNS

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Mt. 1: 18-25

The obvious theme of today’s Mass could be summed up in one word, ‘Signs’. The prophet Isaiah told Ahaz that the Lord would give him a sign that “the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’”. St. Paul wrote about the Good News from God that came to us through Jesus. He is the sign of our salvation, of our call to be saints. In the Gospel, Joseph receives a sign through his dream that Mary’s Son is the “One to save His people from their sins.”

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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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A BETTER WORLD STARTS WITH YOU AND ME

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Mt. 3:1-12

Nelson Mandela died in 2013. At one time he was regarded as a terrorist but he become President of South Africa. After 27 years in prison he fought tirelessly to attain equality for every person regardless of their colour or faith. But what impressed me most about this great man was his spirit of peace and reconciliation in the later years of his life.

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Christ Comes Every Day - But Do We Recognize Him?

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Mt. 24:37-44

What does Jesus mean when He tells us that His coming will be a repeat of what happened in Noah's time? The people then went about their daily lives, failing to repent and never suspecting that a flood would come and sweep them away.

By this Jesus is telling us He will come to us in the midst of everyday living when we least expect Him. He summed up this passage by saying, "Therefore, you must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." What is the moment we least expect Jesus?

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THE KING’S VICTORY OVER EVIL

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Luke 23: 35-43

When Christ died on the cross Pontius Pilate wrote this inscription, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” For a crown He was given not jewels but thorns; for royal purple, His blood; for a sceptre, a nail; for a throne, a cross. The Chief Priests objected to the title Pilate had written because Jesus was no King of theirs. They would never dream of giving Him allegiance.

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VISIBLE THINGS WILL NOT LAST

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Lk. 21:5-19

For 25 years the twin towers of the World Trade Centre formed part of the skyline of New York City. On 11 September 2003 they disappeared. Both structures were 110 stories high, the workplaces for more than 50,000 people. Then one morning they were attacked and they collapsed.

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