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HOW WILL WE BE JUDGED BY THE GENTILES OF THE PAST?

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Jonah 3:1-10 & Lk. 11:29-32

Crowds were following Jesus and listening to His preaching but He seemed to be having no effect on them because they insisted on asking for some sign as proof of His identity. They had seen the miracles He had performed and heard His words of wisdom but still they were not convinced.

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WHAT SHOULD BE OUR PROGRAMME FOR LENT?

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Joel 2:12-18; 2 Cor. 5:20-6:2 & Mt.6:1-6, 16-18

Are you hungry for God and do you thirst for His holiness? He wants to set our hearts ablaze with the fire of His Holy Spirit that we may share in His holiness - and radiate the joy of the Gospel to those around us.

Saint Augustine of Hippo tells us that there are two kinds of people and two kinds of love, “One is holy, the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavours to equal Him.” We are what we love.

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LOVE OF WISDOM AND AN ECUMENICAL SPIRIT

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Ecclus. 2:11-19 & Mk. 9:38-40

The author of Ecclesiasticus instructs his readers to seek wisdom for they will be filled with happiness, inherit honour and be loved and blessed by the Lord - and their life will be secure. Should they be unsure and fear life’s trials, wisdom will lead them back to the straight road. However, as he warns those who abandon wisdom, they will be handed over to their fate.

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SEEING THE HAND OF GOD IN HAPPENINGS ON EARTH

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Gen. 8:6-13, 20-22 & Mk.8:22-26

Without water there can be no life on our planet. But from the story of Noah we witness its devastating effects. The story reveals that only God can control water and when it oversteps its bounds He alone can make it subside.

From the dove Noah learns that the flood has subsided and offers pleasing sacrifice to the Lord who smelt the sweet fragrance and said, “Never again will I strike down every living thing as I have done.”

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HOW DO WE CHOOSE TO USE GOD'S GIFT OF FREEDOM?

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Gen. 2:4-9, 15-17 & Mk. 7:14-23

When God created the world He gave people a special power setting them apart from all other creatures. That power is freedom.

Unlike animals we are not completely controlled by instinct. A hungry animal confronted with food, has no option but to eat. A hungry person can, for whatever reason, choose not to eat. The Bible uses the symbol of food to illustrate our freedom. God wants us to choose the things that He tells us are truly good, not those things which merely appear good.

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WHERE IS GOD IN OUR LIVES?

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Heb. 12:4-7, 11-15 & Mk. 6:1-6

Why does God allow suffering? He is not some ogre who delights in seeing His creatures in pain and misery. He is good and loving, so in His plan suffering must have some higher purpose.

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WHAT THE PERFECT SACRIFICE OFFERED BY JESUS MEANS FOR US

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 10:11-18 & Mk. 4:1-20

Jesus sacrificed Himself to death on the Cross to achieve the forgiveness of sin. He shed His Blood for everyone. But people must be ready to ask and to receive that forgiveness.

Offerings made by priests of the Old Testament law had no power to take away sins. This was because God is the one offended by sin, and only the God made Man, Jesus Christ, can bring about its forgiveness. He did it once and for all by His sacrifice on Calvary.

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CHRIST DID NOT INHERIT HIS PRIESTHOOD

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Heb. 7:1-3, 15-17 & Mk. 3:1-6

Among the Israelites the priesthood was hereditary. A man became a priest by being a descendent of Levi, and when he died the priesthood was passed on to his sons. Melchizedek was an exception.
That is why Jesus is compared with Melchizedek because His priesthood is also quite different - given to Him directly by His heavenly Father and it does not end with His death but continues, because He is a priest forever.

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IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR US THAT JESUS SHOULD BECOME MAN

Liturgical Colour: 

Heb. 2:14-18 & Mk. 1:29-39

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PERFECT LOVE CALMS OUR FEAR

Liturgical Colour: 

Jn. 4:11-18 & Mk. 6:45-52

We can sympathize with the apostles for being afraid. It was dark and they were in a boat in the middle of a stormy lake, and then they saw what looked like a ghost walking over the water. But of what were they afraid? Was it the storm? I don’t think so. Being seasoned fishermen they must have learned to weather many a storm on the Sea of Galilee. It was more likely to be the ghostly apparition approaching them. Not for a moment did they think it was Jesus. That is why He had to say “Do not be afraid. It is I.”

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