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IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR US THAT JESUS SHOULD BECOME MAN

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

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PERFECT LOVE CALMS OUR FEAR

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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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WHO IS GOD AND WHO AM I?

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1 Jn. 2:22-28 & Jn. 1:19-28

John the Apostle is very protective of his converts. He assures them that they have been anointed and need no one to teach them anything. They must keep alive what they have learned. He warns them against those who deny Jesus because this means they also deny the Father. He encourages them to live in Christ and so they will have confidence not shame at His coming.

When the Jews asked John the Baptist “Who are you?” he replied by telling them who he wasn’t. “I am no the Christ.” Knowing who you are not helps us to know who we are.

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FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

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Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59 & Mt. 10:17-22

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” Remarkably this was the prayer of St. Stephen as he was being stoned to death. But as we know forgiveness is one of the hardest things for us to do. How many families feuds continue, for example, even when the original cause has been forgotten?

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN

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Judges 13:2-7,24-25 & Lk. 1:5-25

The birth of Samson, like John the Baptist’s, was announced by an angel.

Zechariah and Elizabeth knew the sorrow of being childless. In the society in which they lived, children were regarded as a blessing and a sign of God’s favour. Failure to produce children was seen as a curse. This belief was wrong. Why should God curse such devout people as Zechariah and Elizabeth? Zechariah was a priest who served in the temple and both he and his wife lived holy lives.

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GOD IS ALWAYS IN CHARGE OF HIS CREATION

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Is. 40:25-31 & Mt.11:28-30

There are some people who say that God created the world and went to sleep, leaving it to run all by itself. When they look around at what is happening today, at the people starving, people homeless, people at war with each other, people suffering from disease, they assume that God is still asleep and completely unconcerned. If only God would awaken and be aware of our plight!

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EVERYTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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Is. 25:6-10 & Mt. 15:29-37

In this first week of Advent the world is looking forward eagerly to Christmas. You only have to walk around a shopping centre to sense the hustle, bustle and excitement. The readings of today’s Mass have caught the mood of looking to the future with joyful anticipation.

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR US IN TIMES OF TRIAL

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Apoc. 15:1-4 & Lk. 21:12-19

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WHEN TIMIDITY IS A SIN

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Apoc. 4:1-11 & Lk. 19:11-28

A glimpse through the door of Heaven is given in today's First Reading: God is on the throne and the elders, representing the priesthood of the Old and New Testaments, are worshipping Him. The throne is surrounded by a sea of glass, which was a very expensive substance in those days.

The four living creatures represent the best of Creation: the lion stands for nobility, the ox for strength, the man for his intelligence and the eagle for its swiftness. The Church has also looked upon these creatures as the four evangelists.

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ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

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Titus 3:1-7 & Lk. 17:11-19

We have a duty to be obedient to officials and representatives of the government. This is what Saint Paul told Titus in his letter. We owe respect to their office. When such authority is undermined and ridiculed it makes their position to rule impossible. If their rulings have to be challenged they should be challenged respectfully. We are to be loving, courteous and polite at all times, not slandering or picking quarrels with others.

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