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CIRCLES OF LOVE

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Acts. 14:19-28 & Jn. 14:27-31

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HALLOWED BE THY NAME

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Acts. 11:19-26 & Jn. 10-30

Antioch, we are told in the first reading, is where the followers of Christ were first called Christians. For some people names are very important.

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IMITATING JESUS IN LIFE AND DEATH

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Acts. 7:51-8:1 & Jn. 6:30-35

Despite the fact that Jesus fed 5,000 people on raw fish and five loaves they wanted further proof of Who He was. I cannot believe they had the audacity to ask Him for another sign! Was that miracle not enough?

Making the point that it was not Moses who had fed their ancestors with manna in the desert, but His Father, He adds, “It is My Father who gives you the bread from Heaven, the true bread.”

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ARE WE LIVING AS GOD'S CHILDREN?

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Acts. 4:32-37 & Jn. 3:7-15

Could you, if you were well off, sell all you have to share it with those with little or nothing? It is asking a lot but this is precisely what the early Christians did. Through Baptism they were aware that they had all become God's children, and brothers and sisters to one another. They were indeed one family.

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FROM TEARS OF SORROW TO TEARS OF JOY

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Acts. 2:36-41 & Jn. 20:11-18

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HOW TO FACE UP TO OUR GUILT

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Is. 49:1-6 & Jn. 13:21-33. 36-38

Another of Isaiah's beautiful Servant Songs is in today's first reading:

“The Lord called Me before I was born, from My mother’s womb He pronounced My name.” We know that the name chosen by the Father for His Son was Jesus, which means “Saviour”, because He is to save His people from their sins.

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OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK, BUT NOT FOREVER!

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Num. 21:4-9 & Jn. 8:21-30

The Israelites grumble against Moses and are punished by biting serpents, but they are delivered by looking upon a bronze serpent erected by Moses following the directives of the Lord. Like the Israelites we have all sinned and become estranged from God, but we are rescued by Jesus lifted up on the Cross.

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FROM THE HEALING HAND OF JESUS

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Ezek. 47:1-9,12 & John 5:1-3, 5-16.

The theme of life-giving water dominates the readings and texts of today’s Mass beginning with the Entrance Antiphon, “Come to the waters, all who thirst; though you have no money, come and drink with joy.”

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WHY WE MUST FORGIVE BUT NOT COUNT

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Dan. 3:25, 34-43 & Mt. 18: 21-35.

With two companions Azariah was thrown into a fiery furnace, and unharmed by the flames he prayed on behalf of his people, “We are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation, brought low everywhere in the world because of our sins.”

Awareness of our own sinfulness is the first step towards reconciliation. But more than this is required. We can pray with Azariah again, “But with contrite heart and humble spirit let us be received …. So let our sacrifice be in Your presence today, as we follow You unreservedly.”

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THE MEANING OF TRUE REPENTANCE AND HOW TO LEARN FROM BAD EXAMPLE

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Is. 1:10, 18-20 & Mt. 23:1-12

Repentance and conversion have to involve more than a mere verbal admission of guilt. They must show in actions as Isaiah points out in today's first reading, in a new way of living, in a change of attitude. We must take wrongdoing out of God’s sight and do good to the poor, orphans and widows. If we do then we can rejoice over the words, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall be like wool.”

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