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"WHOEVER KEEPS MY WORD..."

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Gen. 17:3-9 & Jn. 8:51-59.

God in the first reading makes a covenant with Abram and promises to make him the father of a multitude of nations. Because of this He changes his name from Abram to Abraham.

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CARRY YOUR CROSS WITH JESUS

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Wis. 2:1,12-22 & Jn. 7:1-2, 10,25-30

"The godless say to themselves, ‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man since he annoys us.’” I am sure we can all recognise that situation. You try your best to do something worthwhile but there is always someone waiting to criticise you and thwart you. Life is full of trials and it sometimes seems as if the good people have a particularly hard time and the ‘baddies’ have an easy ride.

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BEWARE THE SOWER OF DISUNITY

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Jer. 7:23-28 & Lk. 11:14-23

Ever since Satan first appeared in the Garden of Eden his favourite weapon has been disunity. Where God had planted harmony, love and wholeness, Satan sowed dissatisfaction, envy and division. He caused strife between Adam and Eve, and separated them both from that perfect happiness which God had created for them.

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BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 17:5-10 & Lk. 16:19-31

The fact that the rich man in today's Gospel ended his days in Hell indicates he led an evil life. And the fact that Lazarus ended his days in Heaven shows that despite his poverty he led a good life. Two different types of men are also featured in the first reading. One relied on himself and turned his back on God, which is what the rich man in the parable did. The other man put his trust in God, which is what the poor man Lazarus did.

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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

Liturgical Colour: 

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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GOD'S STANDARDS ARE NOT OUR STANDARDS

Liturgical Colour: 

James 2:1-9 & Mk. 8:27-33

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LETTING DOWN THE FAMILY

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1 Kings 11:4-13 & Mk. 7:24-30

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DAVID’S LAST MOMENTS

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1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 & Mk. 6:7-13

David knows his death is near and so, very peacefully and in a calm voice, he speaks his last words to Solomon, his son and king to be. He had witnessed so much death in his long life; most of those who were very close to him in this world had already gone to their rest. For them he had wept bitter tears.

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IT IS FITTING TO GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE TO GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

2 Sam. 7:18-19, 24-29 & Mk. 4:21-25

David's prayer in the first readings is one of gratitude. He had just received, through the prophet Nathan, a solemn promise from God that He would build a dynasty. This meant that David's line would not die out, and that one of his descendants would be the royal Messiah Whom we know to be Jesus Christ.

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