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LOVE AND FORGIVENESS ARE A CHRISTIAN’S HALLMARK

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 3:12-17 & Lk. 6:27-38

When we find life hard we need to hear Saint Paul's inspiring and encouraging words from today's reading, “You are God’s chosen race. He loves you.”

He instructs us how we are to live: “Be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.” We should surround ourselves with harmony and peace. “Bear with one another, forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins.” How true are those words, “The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.” If we don’t, there is no forgiveness for us.

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ACKNOWLEDGING OUR NEED FOR JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Col. 1:9-14 & Lk. 5:1-11

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ARE WE READY FOR CHRIST TO COME AGAIN?

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Thess. 3:7-13 & Mt. 24:42-51

A key teaching of Christian revelation - often ignored, misunderstood or even ridiculed – is revealed in today's Gospel reading. The teaching is that the return of Jesus is imminent: this means that it could happen at any time but, like a householder surprised by a thief in the night, we may be totally oblivious to this reality.

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BE SURE YOU ARE NOT REJECTED FROM THE WEDDING FEAST

Liturgical Colour: 

Judges 11:29-39 & Mt. 22:1-14

Today’s first reading is one of the most shocking in all the Bible.
Jephthah, chosen by God to rescue the lsraelites from the attacks of the Ammonites, made a vow, the result of which was far beyond his expectation. Even though he was horrified at the thought he must sacrifice his own daughter, an only child, he went through with what he believed to be God's will for him.

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GOD'S POWER AND HIS FORGIVENESS

Liturgical Colour: 

Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 & Mt. 18:21-19:1

The power and the forgiveness of God are demonstrated in today's two readings. Is it possible to take a group of weak and simple people, devoid of weapons and other resources, and lead them from slavery in a powerful country to a promised land? No human leader could have accomplished this feat.

It is God and God alone who achieved good things for His people. The story of the parting of the waters is so unusual that it should immediately make us realise that God had to be at work for the benefit of His people.

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TO KNOW AND LOVE THE REAL CHRIST

Liturgical Colour: 

Num. 20:1-13 & Mt. 16:13-23

If ever we have experienced real thirst we can appreciate how the lsraelites felt without water, especially in the desert, until God miraculously produced some from a rock and they survived. Commenting on this passage, Saint Paul sees the rock as a sign of Christ Himself, the source of our life. (1Cor. 10:4). He understood that the favours and blessings of God upon His people in the long history of Israel reached a fullness in Jesus Christ.

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BEING WITH THE LORD

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 40:16-21, 34-38 & Mt. 13:47-53

People who love each other very much find parting, even if for a short time, very painful. When they have to leave they keep something, perhaps a photo, as a memento to remind themselves of the one they love.

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ARE WE BREAKING THROUGH THE SOUND BARRIER?

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20 & Mt. 13:1-17

God is everywhere yet He is hidden from us. There seems to be a barrier between Him and us which prevents communication. Is this because He deliberately conceals Himself, or is it that we are incapable of hearing what He has to tell us? We cannot know His reasons but God chooses to reveal His mysteries through an intermediary. For the lsraelites, it was Moses; for us, it is Jesus.

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GOD’S NAME IS LOVE AND HE CARRIES OUR BURDENS

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 3:13-20 & Mt. 11:28-30

There is something special in a name. There is a certain intimacy in calling someone by their first name. It is virtually impossible to feel close to a person if you do not know their name.

God revealed His personal name to Moses: He wanted His people to know that He was a living and loving God, with Whom they could have a personal relationship. He was not like the pagan gods who can do nothing for the people who worship them.

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GO SPREAD MY KINGDOM

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 & Mt. 10:7-15

Faced with famine Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to look for food. Their brother Joseph whom they had sold into slavery had risen to prominence there. In today's reading from Genesis we see how Joseph broke down in tears of joy at seeing them but the brothers were apprehensive, fearing that he would want to take revenge. However, he explained that his being sold into slavery was part of God's plan to place him in Egypt where he could save many people, including his own family, from starvation.

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