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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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GOD KNOWS WHAT IS BEST

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Is. 55:10-11 & Mt. 6:7-15

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A JOB WELL DONE

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Acts. 20:17-27 & Jn. 17:1-11

There is a sense of sadness in today's readings as both Paul and Jesus reach the end of their mission on Earth and are bidding farewell to their friends and followers. Yet there is also a feeling of satisfaction and triumph for they both know that they have completed the work they were given.

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CARRYING THE CROSS AND SERVING OTHERS

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Ecclus. 2:1-11 & Mk. 9:30-37

Words of practical wisdom are offered by the First Reading's author today. They concern the problem of human suffering. No matter what comes our way we must be patient and endure heavy crosses. We are to be helped by studying the lives of those who have gone before us. They trusted in God and were not disappointed.

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JUSTICE WILL COME IN TIME

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Gen. 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10 & Mk. 8:14-21

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GOD HAS CREATED ALL THINGS GOOD

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Gen.1:20-24 & Mk 7:1-13

Modern scientific knowledge gives us some idea of the vastness of our Universe in which we can seem rather insignificant creatures. But the book of Genesis tells us a different story.

It says that God created our world and everything in it, and saw that it was very good. He created people in His own likeness, giving them a dignity above other creatures. His only Son became a man and lived on our Earth, which proves how much God thought of the Earth and the human race.

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JESUS DIED FOR US - WHETHER 'BIG' PEOPLE OR 'LITTLE' PEOPLE

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Heb. 12:1-4 & Mk. 5:21-43

All the men and women of faith who have gone before us and who remained true to God are models of encouragement and hope. By their lives and often by their martyrdom, they display their dedication to God and His people. But the One person who stands head and shoulders above all of them has to be Jesus, the Son of God, Whose entire life was one of dedication to His Father and to His people.

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EXPRESSING OUR LOVE FOR GOD BY DOING HIS WILL

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Heb. 10:1-10 & Mk. 3:31-35

We are called in every Mass to express our love for God through gift giving. We do not offer God flowers, however beautiful, nor gold however precious. We do not offer God merely bread and wine, but bread and wine which is transformed into the Body and Blood of Jesus, the most beautiful and precious gift possible.

Jesus came as man because He wanted to offer the perfect sacrifice of Himself to take away our sins. His gift of Himself to His Father was so precious because it conveyed all the love He had.

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JESUS IS LORD, OUR GOD AND BROTHER

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Heb. 2:5-12 & Mk. 1:21-28

Some forms of life are higher than others … God is higher than the angels and they are higher than humanity. But I once knew someone, an eccentric poet, who was convinced that cats were superior to us! It takes all sorts to make up our world!

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