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Beware The Evil Of Jealousy!

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1 Sam. 18:6-9 19:l-7 & Mk. 3:7-12

Saul was the ruling king and David, his understudy, was most willing to serve in any way he could. He had already laid his life on the line for king and country against Goliath. They could have been the best of friends but Saul became extremely jealous: this came to a head when David won a resounding victory over the Philistines, and the people sang, “Saul has conquered a thousand enemies, but David has conquered ten thousand."

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THE LEPER WHO TEACHES US HOW TO PRAY

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1 Sam. 4:1-11 & Mk. 1:40-45

Today’s readings are all about our attitude to God and our approach to Him when we pray.

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WITH JESUS' HELP WE CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

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1 Jn. 4:7-10 & Mk. 8:34-44

No miracle seems to have made more of an impression on Jesus’ disciples than when he multiplied loaves and fishes and fed a multitude, for this is the only miracle that is related in all the four Gospels.

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WHO IS GOD AND WHO AM I?

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1 Jn. 2:22-28 & Jn. 1:19-28

John the Apostle is very protective of his converts. He assures them that they have been anointed and need no one to teach them anything. They must keep alive what they have learned. He warns them against those who deny Jesus because this means they also deny the Father. He encourages them to live in Christ and so they will have confidence not shame at His coming.

When the Jews asked John the Baptist “Who are you?” he replied by telling them who he wasn’t. “I am no the Christ.” Knowing who you are not helps us to know who we are.

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FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

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Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How many families feuds continue, for example, even when the original cause has been forgotten?

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THE HARDEST PRAYER TO PRAY

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Is. 7:10-14 & Lk. 1:26-38

Through Isaiah we have that wonderful prophecy of Mary and the coming of our Messiah, “The Maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.”

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HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE

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Is. 41:13-20 & Mt. 11:11-15

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How To Be a Wise Person

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Is. 26:1-6 & 7:21, 24-27

Our two readings today tell us how to be wise or how to remain a fool. The wise person is the one who relies on God and builds his house on rock. The foolish one relies on people and builds his house on sand.

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JESUS SUFFERS WITH US

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Dan. 6:1218 & Lk. 21:20-28

We think of God as a loving Father who cares for all His children. What then are we to make of today's readings? Are we wondering, 'How can God love His children if He treats them so badly?'

Daniel was forced to spend a night in a pit with lions. He had to endure the terrible fear of being killed by those ferocious animals, an ordeal which you and I would certainly not like to face, before God saved him.

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DO WE STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH?

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1 Macc. 2:15-29 & Lk. 19:41-44

Mattathias was so on fire with zeal for the worship of the one true God and His law that even while he fought against God's enemies he enjoyed an inner peace. His world was destroyed, he and his family lost all their possessions and had to flee into the hills, but he had the priceless treasure of a clear conscience and the knowledge that he had stood up for what was right.

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