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THE COMPASSIONATE CHRIST

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1 Tim. 3:1-13 & Lk. 7:11-17.

Laying the framework for the development of strong and stable communities is Saint Paul's concern in today's first reading. The choice, training and encouragement of Church officials is a vital consideration. They will hold responsible and influential positions. Hence, they must be honest and trustworthy, hard workers, with good character, sound judgment, impeccable morality and experience in the community.

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ARE WE STEEPED IN CHRIST?

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Col. 2:6-15 & Lk. 6:12-19

We have to be completely steeped in Christ, as Saint Paul told the Colossians in so many different ways. He reminds us in today's reading that we would be spiritually dead if Christ had not brought us to life when our sins were forgiven.

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JESUS SPEAKS TO US WITH AUTHORITY

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Thess. 5:1-6, 9-11 & Lk. 4:31-37

Imagine a boy has done something seriously wrong at school. The head teacher punishes him and also sends a letter to his parents. The boy realises he is in double trouble but what a pleasant surprise he has when his parents show him love and understanding. They recognise that he has done wrong and deserves punishment, but they know that he can learn from this experience and it will not be repeated. They don't want this incident to damage their relationship with their son.

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HOW EASY IT IS TO CONDEMN THE PHARISEES!

Liturgical Colour: 

Thess. 2:1-8 & Mt. 23:23-26

When writing to the Thessalonians Paul told of his humiliation in Philippi because of a slave girl who brought a substantial profit to her master by fortune telling. For several days she followed Paul around, making fun of him, until he commanded the spirit to leave her. The girl’s masters were now without a fortune teller. They had lost this source of income and so brought trumped-up charges against him. He was beaten and imprisoned, escaped and went to Thessalonica claiming that it was God who entrusted the ministry of preaching to him.

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WE MUST NOT RELY UPON OURSELVES

Liturgical Colour: 

Judges 6:11-24 & Mt. 19:23-30

A second-generation Israelite in the Promised Land had not grown up under Moses or Joshua, nor witnessed God’s power in parting the Red Sea or giving the people manna in the desert. These works of the Lord were known to Gideon, but they were in the past. To him it seemed that God had abandoned His people who lived under the oppression of the Midianites, having their produce stolen at every harvest. (Judges 6:3-4).

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GOD’S LOVE IS PERSONAL

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Deut. 31:1-8 & Mt. 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

There is a certain sadness about today's first reading. Moses had been the great hero of His people. He had resisted Pharaoh to his face, demanding the release of the people in the name of God. He had led them out of slavery from Egypt. In the desert through him God made a covenant with the people. He had endured the rebellion of the people and had interceded for them with God.

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NEVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Num. 12:12:1-13 & Mt. 14:22-36

Were Aaron and Miriam jealous of Moses when they said, “Has the Lord spoken to Moses only?”

In this incident a virtue of Moses is mentioned – “Now Moses was the most humble of men, the humblest man on Earth” – it is those words of God that have increased my devotion to Moses.

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WE NEED TO BE SOWERS OF GOODNESS

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Ex. 33:7-11; 34:5-9 & Mt. 13:36-43

Some people have read the Bible and come to the conclusion that the God of the Old Testament is a God of judgement, always ready to pounce on you if you do not toe the line. But the God of the New Testament is a God of compassion and mercy, so ready to forgive. The implication is that somehow God changed His mind about dealing with people, that He decided to change from being a God of wrath to being a God of mercy. This could not be further from the truth.

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HOW TO BE A RELATIVE OF JESUS

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 14: 21-1 5; 1 & Mt. 12: 46-50

Today's first reading always reminds me of the wonderful way in which the lsraelites’ crossing of the Red Sea was portrayed in the 'Ten Commandments' epic film. Those lsraelites who escaped must have seen the hand of God in their destiny. They had to admit that God alone was responsible for their freedom.

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GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL CARE OF MOSES AND OUR NEED TO REPENT

Liturgical Colour: 

Ex. 2:1-15 & Mt. 11:20-24

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