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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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WE ONLY LIVE WHEN WE LOVE

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Amos 5:14-15, 21-24 & Mt. 8:28-34

A story is told about a king who was making a tour of his kingdom. He came across a very old man working in his vineyard. He asked him his age. 'Your Majesty, I am four years old!' The king laughingly protested until he explained, 'Your majesty, I count only those moments I have faithfully served the Lord. Those were the only moments I lived.'

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WHAT A RICH INHERITANCE IS OURS!

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2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3 & Mt. 7:15-20

Imagine one day when you open your mail and find a letter from a solicitor. A distant relative whom you have never met has died and named you in his will. You have inherited a fortune! After the shock of disbelief you begin to plan what you will do with all the money.

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GOD COMMUNICATES THROUGH HUMAN BEINGS

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2 Kings 2:1, 6-14 & Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18

Elijah was an important figure in the Old Testament. He was regarded as the greatest of God’s prophets. He was a representative of God who spoke and acted in His name. In fact, until the time of Christ, God dealt chiefly with His people through prophets. And so when Elijah died, God saw to it that his place was taken by Elisha.

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HELP US TO LEAD OTHERS TO HEAVEN

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1 Kings 18:20-39 & Mt. 5:17-19

Traffic laws have been drawn up for very good reasons, for our safety, for respecting the rights of other drivers as well as our own, and for the welfare of pedestrians. They are the result of common sense, courtesy and respect for others. Abiding by them leads to fewer accidents; breaking them will most certainly increase the frequency of injuries and death.

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