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JESUS WAY IS THE ONLY WAY

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1 Tim. 3:14-16 & Lk. 31-35

What could be described as a beautiful creed about Jesus is today's first reading. It is a wonderful profession of our belief about the life and nature of Our Lord. Both succinct and comprehensive it relays some of His essential qualities and deeds. It is worth memorizing. “He was made visible in the flesh, attested by the Spirit, seen by the angels, proclaimed to the pagan, believed in by the world, taken up in glory.” Yes, how true are the words of Saint Paul, “Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is very deep indeed.”

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ARE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD JESUS' WAY?

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Col. 3:1-11 & Lk. 6:20-26.

“There is only Christ: He is everything and He is in everything.” This is how Saint Paul sums up today's first reading. A relationship with Christ is all that matters. Once we make Him the centre of our lives everything else falls into its proper place.

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OUR HEALING FRIEND

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Col. 1:1-8 & Lk. 4:38-48

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BE NOT LIKE THE PHARISEES

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Thess. 2:9-13 & Mt. 23:27-32

The Thessalonians are being told in today’s first reading by Saint Paul that he treated every one of them as a father. He taught and encouraged them to lead a life worthy of God. This they have done and he cannot stop thanking God that on hearing the message they accepted it as God’s message, and not some human thinking, and that it is still a living power among those who believe it.

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WHAT WILL WE 'DESERVE' FROM GOD?

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Judges 9:6-15 & Mt. 20:1-16

Today's first reading is very mysterious. What are we to make of Jotham’s parable of the thorn bush? Abimelech and Jotham were sons of Gideon, who was one of God’s great warriors. Abimelech wanted to be king of Israel at a time when God made it clear that the Lord alone was to be ruler. As part of his scheme to seize authority, he killed 70 who could have been contenders for the throne. Jotham, the only surviving brother, came out of hiding to deliver his parable of reproof.

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WE ALL LIVE UNDER AUTHORITY

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Deut. 34:1-12 & Mt. 18:15-20

Moses was soon to leave the world. With God's guidance he had led the lsraelites out of slavery and within sight of the Promised Land. Now his task was finished and in today's first reading he handed on his leadership to Joshua: he would have been prepared for this role for Moses knew that without leadership the people would surely wander away from God, arguing and complaining among themselves. They would trust and follow Joshua because they had witnessed Moses laying hands on him and giving him this authority.

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WE SHOW OUR TRUE COLOURS IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY

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Num. 13:1-2, 25-14:1, 26-29, 34-35 & Mt. 15:21-28

The lsraelites found it tough in the wilderness. Their past should have told them that their God really cared for them. They had been slaves in Egypt where life was unbearable but with extraordinary signs God freed them from the tyranny of Pharaoh leading them through the wilderness and seeing that they were fed.

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RADIATING GOD IN OUR LIVES

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Ex. 34:29-35 & Mt. 13:44-46

Having spent 40 days in the presence of God Moses left Him to meet his people - his face so radiant that they could not bear to look at him. Sometimes when two people are deeply in love, their love is so apparent that there is a glow on their faces. Something like that happened to Moses.

It is impossible for us to imagine the awesome beauty of our God but the effect on Moses might give us some idea. No wonder theologians refer to Heaven as a beatific vision of unspeakable happiness.

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GOD WILL PROVIDE AND WHAT TYPE OF HEARER ARE YOU?

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Ex. 16:1-5, 9-15 & Mt. 13:1-9

God our loving Father continually cares for His people and He responds to human need. Even if a 'natural' explanation can be offered for the presence of the manna and quails in the Sinai Peninsula where the lsraelites were wandering, it is clear that the Bible wishes us to know that God Himself was the provider.

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HOW OPEN ARE WE TO GOD'S CALLING?

Liturgical Colour: 

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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