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DON'T GIVE UP ON GOD IN LIFE'S DIFFICULTIES

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Esther 14:1, 3-5, 12-14 & Mt. 7:7-12.

Is your Christian faith a means of escape from the hard realities of life? Our critics often argue that people who cannot face unpleasant facts run away and hide in a make-believe world of pleasant fantasies. I suppose you can say that for some individuals this might be true.

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THE CHOICE IS YOURS

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Deut. 30:15-20 & Lk. 9:22-25

We have the same definite choice that Moses gave to his people. If they loved God and followed His commandments they would have life; if they turned their back on Him the result would be death. The reward which was promised to them was the land of Israel where they would live in safety and prosperity.

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WE HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED!

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Ecclus. 5:1-8 & Mk. 9:41-50

There is some very wise advice for us from the author of Ecclesiasticus in the First Reading today. It can be summed up in these few words, “Do not rely on our wealth or upon our strength and when we have sinned we are to be swift in returning to the Lord. We must not take advantage of God’s compassion and mercy.”

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GOD’S STANDARDS ARE NOT OURS!

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Gen. 9:1-13 & Mk. 8:27-83

A rainbow appears in the sky when the sun shines and the storm has passed. It was used by God as a symbol of his mercy and love, promising to Noah that never again would all living creatures be destroyed. Despite its awesome beauty and ethereal life, the rainbow will not let us forget the evil men did and the devastation of the flood.

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PRAISE FOR UNSHAKEABLE FAITH AND INDOMITABLE PERSISTENCE

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Gen. 2:18-25 & Mk. 7:24-30

Marriage should be a lasting relationship between one man and one woman, and that within marriage sex should find its fulfilment. This is what God intended as evident in the reading from Genesis today.

Sexual love is meant to express a relationship between a husband and wife so profound and so intimate that they say to each other, “I love you completely, exclusively and forever."

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WHAT GOD’S EVERLASTING COVENANT MEANS FOR US

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Heb. 12:18-19, 21-24 & k. 6:7-13

The making of the two covenants between God and humankind are among the most dramatic moments in recorded history. But they could not have been more different.

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MAY THE LIGHT OF OUR FAITH ATTRACT OTHERS TO GOD

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Heb. 10:19-25 & Mk. 4:21-25

We have our own soul to save, but in getting to Heaven we have others who help us and we too, please God, will help others to get there. In this way the Church is essentially a community and we have obligations to each other as the first reading explains.

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JESUS IS OUR HIGH PRIEST - ALWAYS READY TO PLEAD FOR US

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Heb. 7:25-8:6 & Mk. 3:7-12

How comforting are these words, “The power of Jesus to save is utterly certain.” Why is this so? “Since He is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through Him.” These are the opening words of the first reading. In them we can find great security. We want to be saved and now we know for certain we can be saved through Jesus our High Priest, “holy, innocent, uncontaminated, our Mediator with God the Father.” “He has His place at the right of the throne of divine Majesty in heaven.”

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LESSONS FOR US IN HOW TO ASK JESUS FOR HELP

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Heb. 3:7-14 & Mk. 1:40-45

Today’s first reading quotes Psalm 95 with its warning to us not to be like those Jews in the wilderness who were disgruntled with God because of their hunger and thirst. But He had worked wonders to bring them out of Egypt. Should they not have trusted Him to care for them and bring them safely into the land that He had promised? Obviously they had not allowed the word of God to penetrate their hardened hearts and, as a result, had lost God’s favour and were not given the privilege of entering the Promised Land.

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SPREAD THE NEWS

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1 Jn. 4:19-5:4 & Lk. 4:14-22

The people of Nazareth had been waiting with great excitement for Jesus to return to His home town. When He stood up and spoke to them in their synagogue they were delighted with His words because He brought them Good News. He told them that He was the one referred to in Isaiah’s prophecy, the one sent to say to the world, “God loves you.”

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