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LOVE SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS

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1 Cor. 8:1-7, 11-13 & Lk. 6:27-38

The first century Church at Corinth was struggling to establish itself in a predominantly pagan environment. Animals were sacrificed to pagan gods, and afterwards the meat was consumed at temple banquets or sold in the markets. Sometimes this was the only meal available to the Christians. The question arose as to whether Christians could eat this meat.

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GOD KNOWS BETTER THAN WE DO

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1 Cor. 3:18-23 & Lk. 5:1-11.

Each of us can sympathise with Peter in today’s Gospel reading. He was a professional fisherman who knew the waters of the lake and the suitable times for fishing. But having done everything right he and his companions had caught nothing.

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ARE WE READY FOR CHRIST TO COME AGAIN?

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1 Cor. 1:1-9 & Mt. 24:42-51

In the port of Corinth, which was known as 'Sin City' around 50 AD, St Paul founded a Christian community. He admitted that he approached his work with trepidation because of the city's moral depravity and its pagan worship. With God's grace he made converts but later, when he was preaching in Ephesus, he received disturbing news that they had fallen into serious errors both in doctrine and practice.

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BE SURE YOU ARE NOT REJECTED FROM THE WEDDING FEAST

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Ez. 36:23-38 & Mt. 22:1-14

The people of Israel went into exile because they defiled the Promised Land by their sinful deed - they broke the covenant with Yahweh and worshipped idols. God decided to take the initiative, promising to restore His name among the nations by making His people holy, bringing them back to the Promised Land and giving them a new heart and a new spirit.

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DOES THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET HAVE A MESSAGE FOR US?

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Ez. 12:1-12 & Mt. 18:21-19:1

When the Lord called Ezekiel to be His prophet, He warned him that the people were a rebellious, impudent and stubborn nation. Ezekiel continually warned the people about their characteristics but they paid no more attention to him than they had to earlier prophets. To impress upon them the need for repentance, Yahweh instructed Ezekiel to perform a symbolic public act which everyone would see.

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A HAPPY ENDING!

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Jer. 31:31-34 & Mt. 16:13-23

In recent times, when America was going through a great depression in the 1930s, Hollywood came to the rescue. Many films were based on the rags to riches theme and there was always a happy ending.

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WE WERE FORMED IN GOD'S IMAGE!

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Jer. 8:1-6 & Mt. 13:47-53

What is God really like? None of us knows but in today's First Reading there is a helpful insight. Jeremiah watched a potter at work, carefully moulding and shaping his clay into a vessel. If it did not come out as planned, he simply reworked it until he achieved the right shape.

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WE MUST NEVER TAKE GOD FOR GRANTED

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Jer. 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 & Mt. 13:1-17

Both of today's readings, I find, are very sad. God and His Son Jesus have done so much for us and we do not return the love and adoration He is due.

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OUR SAVIOUR'S LOVE FOR US

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Is. 26:7-9, 16-19 &n Mt. 11:28-30

A loving husband and wife who really want children look forward to the birth of their first child. The thought of bringing a child into the world fills them with joy. Imagine a wife who is convinced that she is pregnant, tells a delighted husband and then visits the doctor who, instead of confirming her pregnancy, has to inform her that she has been mistaken. It is a bitter disappointment although they hope that a child will be theirs in the future.

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THERE IS NO LIMIT TO GOD'S LOVE

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Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 & Mt. 10:7-15

Today's reading is one of the high points of the Old Testament revelation about God. Hosea is the prophet of God's love despite the infidelity of His people. He is famous for His image of God as a husband who continues to love an adulterous wife and who searches to bring her back home. Today's reading in a sense is even more beautiful because it prepares us for the teaching of Jesus that God is truly our Father.

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