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GOD’S NAME IS LOVE AND HE CARRIES OUR BURDENS

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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

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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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FAITH IS TOTAL OBEDIENCE

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Gen. 22:1-19 & Mt. 9:1-8

We are children of Abraham. That is why, In the Eucharistic Prayer, we refer to him as “our father in faith”. For him faith meant much more than believing that there is a God - it meant turning his whole life over to God in complete obedience and trust.

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CHOOSING OUR FOUNDATION

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Gen. 16:1-12, 15-16 & Mt. 7:21-29

Sometimes it's difficult to believe good news. We are so accustomed to disappointments and deceptions that when something wonderful is promised to us we react with a certain amount of scepticism. If the longed-for event is delayed, we begin to lose hope.

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THE MODEL OF ALL PRAYER

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2 Cor. 11:1-11 & Mt. 6: 7-15

Paul considers the church at Corinth to be a chaste virgin espoused to Christ yet in danger of being seduced by a false gospel. He also defends himself against the charge of being a financial burden to the Corinthians.

We are given the Our Father in today's Gospel reading, but it is a prayer that can become so familiar to us that there is a danger we fail to meditate on its riches.

The early Christian writer Tertullian called it “the summary of the whole gospel” and Saint Thomas Aquinas “the most perfect of prayers”.

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REMOVE THE VEIL

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2 Cor. 3:15-4; 1, 3-6 & Mt. 5:20-26

When Saint Paul spoke of the veil between Moses and the people he was referring to an incident which was well-known and understood by the Jews. Moses was very close to God, spending a great deal of time in the mountains praying, talking and listening to the message which God wished him to hand on to His people. When Moses came down from the mountain his face reflected God's glory and brightness. The people could not look at him, and so in order to avoid dazzling them he had to place a veil over his head.

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RECOGNISING OUR UNITY

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Acts. 22:30, 23:6-11 & Jn. 17:20-26

The event described in today's first reading takes place in Jerusalem when the Sanhedrin put Paul on trial. He acts very cleverly to take the pressure off himself by professing his belief in the resurrection of the dead and creates a conflict between the Pharisees who believe in this and the Sadducees who do not.

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CHRIST LIVES WITH US ON OUR JOURNEY

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Acts. 18:1-8 & Jn. 16:16-20

"When You walked at the head of Your people, O God, and lived with them on their journey, the earth shook at Your presence." These words from the Entrance Antiphon set the theme of today's Mass, referring to the Exodus from Egyptian slavery. “Lived with them on their journey” are the key words.

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TRUE LOVE IS NOT BURDENSOME

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Acts. 15:7-21 & Jn. 15:9-11

Jesus commands His disciples to love one another, but He first says that He loves them as the Father loves Him. The Father loves the Son with perfect and infinite love and this same love is shown by Jesus for us. We can never exhaust the full depths of this mystery, but we can ask the Lord to show us more and more fully how unfailing and inexhaustible is His love for us.

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ARE WE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST?

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Acts. 13:13-25 & Jn.13:16-20

We find Paul in the synagogue at Antioch in today's first reading. Invited to speak he gives a lesson in history, from the sojourn of the Jews in Egypt, their rescue by God, their wandering in the desert and the subsequent periods of the judges and Kings, to the coming of John the Baptist and Jesus.

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