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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

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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

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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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