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LESSONS FOR US IN HOW TO ASK JESUS FOR HELP

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Heb. 3:7-14 & Mk. 1:40-45

Today’s first reading quotes Psalm 95 with its warning to us not to be like those Jews in the wilderness who were disgruntled with God because of their hunger and thirst. But He had worked wonders to bring them out of Egypt. Should they not have trusted Him to care for them and bring them safely into the land that He had promised? Obviously they had not allowed the word of God to penetrate their hardened hearts and, as a result, had lost God’s favour and were not given the privilege of entering the Promised Land.

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SPREAD THE NEWS

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1 Jn. 4:19-5:4 & Lk. 4:14-22

The people of Nazareth had been waiting with great excitement for Jesus to return to His home town. When He stood up and spoke to them in their synagogue they were delighted with His words because He brought them Good News. He told them that He was the one referred to in Isaiah’s prophecy, the one sent to say to the world, “God loves you.”

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HOLY NAME OF JESUS

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Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus is a Franciscan devotion and its most prominent, champion is St. Bernardine of Siena, who preached Missions and Retreats all over Italy to promote it in the fifteenth century. Here is just a sample of how he preached about the Holy Name of Jesus …

“The name of Jesus is the foundation of our faith and makes us children of God. Glorious Name! Beautiful Name! Name that tells of love and excellence. Through You we have forgiveness of our sins, victory over our enemies, healing in sickness, strength and joy as we suffer the trials of life.”

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LEARNING TO GROW UP

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Luke 2:41-52

Growing up is never easy for anyone. A happy and stable background helps immeasurably. And at school the understanding and encouragement of teachers is vital. But maturity is not guaranteed by the passing of time. What does it mean to grow up? We can answer that question by observing the maturing process in the life of Jesus.

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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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FEAR NOT FOR OUR LIBERATION IS AT HAND

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Rev. 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9 & Lk. 21:20-28

There are contrasting scenes presented by Saint John in the First Reading today. One concerns evil and the other good. He tells us of the work of two angels. The first of them has great authority and his presence lights up the Earth. He announces the fall of Babylon, the symbol of evil. The second angel hurls a great millstone into the sea. The millstone is Babylon. It is gone forever.

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TAKE COURAGE AND STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH!

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Apoc. 5:1-10 & Lk. 19:41-44

Many of the Christians were being discouraged because of persecution when the Book of Revelation was written. During this time the victory of Jesus' resurrection had faded from their mind. Instead His death was uppermost in their thoughts and they wondered if they were to share His fate.

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OUR DEBTS OF LOVE

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Philemon 7-20 & Lk. 17:20-25

During his imprisonment in Rome, Saint Paul wrote a short letter to a follower and friend named Philemon. He was a prosperous Gentile who converted to Christianity through Paul's preaching. As fate would have it, during Paul’s stay in Rome, he met and converted a runaway slave who had once belonged to Philemon. This ex-slave had become almost indispensable to Paul during his time of house arrest, serving Paul both as a housekeeper and as a friend.

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