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ARE WE LIVING FOR THE FUTURE?

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1 Cor. 7:25-31& Lk. 6:20-26

The portion of Saint Paul's letter to the Christians at Corinth which is in today's liturgy makes very strange reading. From this some people have gained the impression that he had little time for marriage. But this is not true.

He was so wrapped up in the Lord that he had reached that stage of his life when all that mattered was union with the Lord. Human relationships are important in this life, of course, and Paul would not deny this. But there comes a time when such things pale into insignificance - and all that matters is the Lord.

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OUR ATTACHMENT IS TO JESUS - AND NOT TO HIS MINISTERS

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1 Cor. 3:1-9 & Lk. 4:38-48

The fact that factions had developed among the Christians of Corinth made Saint Paul very unhappy. One reason for the division was their attachment to the human ministers of the Gospel whether to Paul himself or to Apollos. But our attachment must be to Jesus and not to His ministers who are the instruments of Christ - and their authority and effectiveness are due to His Spirit working within them.

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BE NOT LIKE THE PHARISEES

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2 Thess. 3:6-10, 16-18 & Mt. 23:27-32

Some of the Thessalonians were so convinced that Jesus would come very soon that they gave up working. They thought if Jesus' second coming is imminent what was the point of ploughing, sowing and harvesting? St Paul told them how he had worked when he was among them and had not wanted to be a burden to them. They must carry on working, too, and was very strong in his condemnation of those who could work and didn’t … they were not to be fed.

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LESSONS FOR ANYONE IN AUTHORITY

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Ez. 34:1-11 & Mt. 20:1-16

Ezekiel heavily criticizes the leaders of Israel. He compares them to bad shepherds who are cruel to their sheep. They abuse their authority, by only taking care of themselves, ignoring the plea of those who suffer, governing in a harsh and dictatorial fashion, and paying no attention to the overall welfare of those in their charge.

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DO WE HAVE INDOMITABLE FAITH?

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Ez. 9:1-7; 10:18-22 & Mt. 18:15-20

Ezekiel was God's messenger to proclaim a warning that the city of Jerusalem would be destroyed because of the appalling sins of its people. The prophet told the people that God was not to be blamed for their coming misfortune since they were bringing punishment upon themselves. As a sign of God's good will, the innocent would be spared, marked on their foreheads with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Tau, which also represents a cross.

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INDOMITABLE FAITH

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Jer. 31:1-7 & Mt. 15:21-28

This passage from Jeremiah has always been one of my favourites because of those beautiful words of God, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Yes, there are times when life is hard, problems seem insurmountable and perhaps we feel unloved or unappreciated - it is then we can recall these assuring words of God our Father. If no one else loves us, He does. They are words to boost our drooping spirits!

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WHEN LIFE IS HARD GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP US

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Jer. 15:10, 16-21 & Mt. 13:44-46

Jeremiah had a difficult and frustrating mission in trying to call the people of his time to repentance. He could have identified with our modern expression about banging your head against a brick wall! Nor did Jeremiah hesitate to complain to God: he felt abandoned having been given his mission - and he let Him know how he felt.

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WE SHOULD BEAR FRUIT IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITIES

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Jer. 1:1, 4-10 & Mt. 13:1-9

A series of 15 readings from Jeremiah begins today. He was reluctant to accept the call from God in 626 BC because of his youth, but God told him, “Before l formed you in the womb I knew you … l have appointed you as prophet to the nations.”

The first part of Jeremiah's ministry occurred during the reign of the devout king Josiah who in 622 began a series of religious reforms. During that era Jeremiah's words were like the seed spoken of by Jesus, which fell on good soil and yielded a rich harvest. But then things changed.

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GOD'S SPECIAL LOVE FOR THE CHILDLIKE

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Is. 10:5-7, 13-16 & Mt. 11:25-27

Today's First Reading from the prophet Isaiah has a strange and bellicose ring to it. We must understand its background. At that time Assyria was the great military power bent on conquering all its neighbours. In their pride they attributed their victories to their own power and to Ashur their national god. But Isaiah knew and proclaimed that Assyria was but an instrument in the hands of God to purify sinful Judah, and that God would in time humble Assyria.

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THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

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Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 & Mt. 10:1-7

A bleak picture of Israel is presented in today's first reading. The more luxurious the life of the people became, the more altars and shrines they built to pagan gods. The more affluent they were, the less faithful they were to God. The prophet Hosea tried to warn them, but the fact is that in 732 BC part of the northern kingdom was destroyed by Assyrian armies, and the rest fell to these forces ten years later.

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