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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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THE CROWN BY WAY OF THE CROSS

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Acts. 8:1-8 & Jn. 6:35-40

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GOD IS LOVE

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Acts. 5:17-26 & Jn. 3:16-21

How actively and effectively the Lord worked among the early Christians in Jerusalem is shown by today's first reading. He was not going to allow the spread of the good news of the resurrection to be limited or stopped by those who had crucified Jesus. Once again we see how powerfully transforming was the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles who fearlessly placed themselves at His disposal to spread the good news.

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GOD’S PLANS ARE SO DIFFERENT FROM OURS

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Acts. 3:1-10 & Lk. 24:13-35

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THE TRAGEDY OF BETRAYAL

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Is. 50:4-9 & Mt. 26:14-25

The grim details of the torment of the Suffering Servant are foretold by Isaiah in today's first reading. He will be beaten, his beard will be plucked out, and he will be spat upon.

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NO FREEDOM WITHOUT HOLINESS

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Dan. 3:14-20, 24-25, 28 & Jn. 8:31-42

What is freedom? Does it mean doing whatever we wish, going wherever we please, having everything we want? Today's readings tell us that we can only find true freedom when our lives are centred, not on ourselves, but on the one true God.

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THE RIGHT ROLE MODEL

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Is. 49:8-15 & Jn. 5:17-30

A desolate cry is heard in today's first reading, “The Lord has abandoned me, the Lord has forgotten me.” This is so untrue! The Lord is quick to reassure us and could there be a warmer response? “Does a mother forget the baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you.”

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A LAW OF LOVE FOR US TO KEEP

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Deut. 4:1,5-9 & Mt. 5:17-19

It appeared to the scribes and Pharisees that Jesus had come to abolish the Law, but Jesus assured His disciples that this was not the case. For Him the Law was the Ten Commandments given to Moses, and the teachings of the prophets. But the Pharisees over many years had added their own petty rules and rituals which had to be observed in minute detail: they had become, in their minds, part of God's Law and because Jesus was not prepared to accept them, he was accused of law-breaking.

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DO WE TRUST IN THE LORD?

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Jer. 18:18-2- & Mt. 20:17-28

'It's not fair!' Haven’t we all said this at some point of our lives? We’ve done our best and instead of being appreciated we are attacked and criticised. This is how Jeremiah felt because God had given him the job of speaking to the Jewish people, pointing out to them how they had gone astray, and leading them back to His friendship. All this was for their own good. Jeremiah had even prayed for them, that God would not punish them for their disobedience. Yet their only response was to plot his downfall and dig a pit for him.

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