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TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD HIS MESSAGE IS SWEETNESS

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Ez. 2:8-34 & Mt. 18:1-5, 12-14

Ezekiel, like many of the prophets, was sent by God to proclaim a message of warning to the people. The scroll represented this message of God and Ezekiel's eating of it was a sign that he had assimilated God's word. It became part of his being. He found the word of God as sweet as honey.

Experience will teach us that God's word is our peace. Ultimately, we will always find joy in accepting His word. And yet when Ezekiel proclaimed this word to the people they found it so bitter that they rejected it.

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NEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF JESUS

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Jer. 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 & Mt. 14:22-36

Nothing can save the Israelites. God admits this in today's first reading. Their sins of disobedience and unfaithfulness have caused them injuries beyond healing and they have no one to plead their cause. Yet as desperate as the situation is, God remains committed to His Covenant with Israel and determines not to abandon them.

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HOW DO WE REACT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

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Jer. 14:17-22 & Mt. 13:36-43

When disasters occur we often look for someone to blame. It's the government's fault. It's our neighbour's fault. It's God's fault. It happened, too, in the time of Jeremiah when, apparently, Judah was suffering from war and drought.

Some people looked around for others to blame for the calamity, indignant that in their innocence they had to suffer. Still others believed that they had better find someone other than God to help them, but not Jeremiah who tells us how we should react in times of adversity.

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HOW TO BE AKIN TO JESUS

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Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 & Mt. 12:46-50

Today's First Reading is a beautiful prayer asking God to shepherd His people. From an early period in the Old Testament era God as Shepherd was a warm and heartening image for the people. Jesus used that image for Himself, and for centuries later it still held much meaning while society continued seeing shepherds and grazing sheep.

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THE GOOD HABIT OF EXAMINING OUR CONSCIENCE

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Is. 7:1-9 & Mt. 11:20-24

We all like to hear good things about ourselves! This is especially true when we go to a doctor with the hope that there is nothing seriously wrong with us. Doctors would be doing a great disservice if they were to pretend that we are in good health when actually we are not. Their real kindness and concern are shown in telling us the truth and indicating what we must do for our health.

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BEING CRUEL TO BE KIND

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Hos. 8:4-7, 11-13 & Mt. 9:32-38

Hosea is known as the prophet of love. It was he who gave the people God's message, “I will betroth you to myself forever.” It must have been difficult for the prophet of love to pronounce the warnings found in the First Reading. On first hearing this does not have the ring of a lover's voice, and yet his words are motivated by nothing other than love.

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ANXIETY, WORRY AND LACK OF TRUST BRING DISAPPOINTMENT TO GOD

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Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12 & Mt. 8:23-27

Having entered into a covenant with His chosen people the response God expected was faith and love. Sadly, He did not get it. It was Amos' task to point out to the people that because no response was forthcoming from them, this relationship was doomed to failure.

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NO ONE CAN FRUSTRATE THE PLANS OF GOD

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Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36 & Mt. 7:6, 12-14

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, had destroyed the northern kingdom of lsrael and led the people off into slavery. He intended to do the same with Judah whose king, Hezekiah, knew that his people would be like an infant trying to confront a giant. So he did the best of all things and turned to God in earnest prayer.

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WE MUST LOVE AND PRAY FOR OUR ENEMIES

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1 Kings 21:17-29 & Mt. 5:43-48

When the wife of King Ahab murdered Naboth, so that her husband could take over his vineyard, Ahab was guilty of approving his wife's handling of the whole sordid affair. God sent Elijah to Ahab to tell him of God's displeasure and the punishment that would be meted out to him and his wife.

What should not surprise us is that God delayed His sentence in order to give Ahab a chance to get his life in order. This is evidence of the truth that God loved Ahab despite his terrible sins, and yearned for his complete and final repentance.

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SALT OF THE EARTH AND LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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1 Kings 17:7-16 ; Mt. 5:13-16

What great compliments Jesus paid to His listeners when He called them “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. Had they ever thought of themselves in such glowing terms?

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