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HOW OPEN ARE WE TO GOD'S CALLING?

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Ex. 3:1-6, 9-12 & Mt. 11:25-27

Throughout history God has always called people - both saints and sinners - to act on His behalf. They include the youthful Samuel to do a great work in Israel; Isaiah to speak a word of truth to wayward people; Our Blessed Lady to bear the Saviour of the world; Peter to build His church; Francis of Assisi to rebuild that church and Mother Teresa to minister the love of God to the suffering. Each was called from among the people to serve them according to God's will Who was always with them.

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JOSEPH RESCUED HIS FAMILY. JESUS RESCUES US

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Gen. 41:55-57, 42:5-7, 17-24 & Mt. 10:1-7

The story of Joseph in the Old Testament shows us how God guides the course of human events despite the evil intentions of some people.

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WE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD

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Gen 21:5, 8-20 & Mt. 8:28-34

We hear so much today of nationalism and ethnic cleansing. The Jews, like many a nation, had great national pride. They were proud to be the descendants of Abraham and, for the most part, because they were God’s chosen people, they considered their neighbours unworthy of God’s favour. But from the first reading God had a lesson to teach them and us. In showing protection of Ishmael He showed love for a people other than the Jews.

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GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY – ARE WE?

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Gen. 15:1-12,17-18 & Mt. 7:15-20

If there is anything in particular that we look for in human relationships, it is trustworthiness. Without this there can be no relationships at all. We want to be able to depend on a friend's word. We want someone who will keep his or her promises.

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DONE ONLY TO PLEASE THE LORD

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2 Cor. 9:6-11 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18.

In living our Christianity Jesus does not want us to play to an audience. We should not have the motive of drawing people to ourselves who admire and applaud the good we do. The Christian life is not an on-stage performance.

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THE DEMANDS OF THE LAW AND OF LOVE

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2 Cor. 3:4-11 & Mt. 5:17-19

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NEVER GIVE UP HOPE

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Acts. 20:28-38 & Jn. 17:11-19.

St. Paul was aware that there is no more deadly obstacle to the spread of the Gospel than divisiveness among those who claim to be Christian. So he warns his hearers to be on their guard remembering all the hard work he had done to build them into a community.

Paul then reviews his life as a missionary. He tells the truth about his accomplishments, how hard he has worked for them, not asking for a penny for his efforts and reminds them of Our Lord’s words, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”

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THE SPIRIT WORKS IN HIS OWN TIME

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Acts. 17:15-18:1 & Jn. 16:12-15

Standing before the Council of Athens Paul used all his powers of persuasion, knowing the Greeks loved debate end argument. He sought to convince them by careful reasoning, beginning with what they already knew and moving towards what was yet unknown to them. He managed to convert a handful of notable Athenians but many greeted his words with contemptuous laughter. On the face of it his preaching mission was not a great success!

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"I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES."

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Acts. 15:1-6 & Jn. 15:1-8

When Jesus tried to explain to His disciples Who He was, He used several different images … the Good Shepherd leading them, the Bread of Life feeding them, the Gateway to the Father and, in today's Gospel, He says "I am the Vine."

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JESUS’ WORDS WILL BE OUR JUDGE

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Acts. 12:24-13:5 & Jn. 12:44-50

According to Saint John the words of today's Gospel were the very last of Jesus' public ministry. From then He will concentrate on teaching His Apostles.

John tells us that Jesus 'cried out' these words. The cry reflects a passionate and heartfelt desire for people to believe Him. He has performed many signs. He has demonstrated His love and brought the good news to the people. He has taught them at great length. But on the whole, despite all this, they have not believed.

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