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Who eats this bread will live

At the preparation of the gifts, we the God of all creation, his goodness and the food given by the earth, but produced by the work of human hands.

Although this prayer is short, there is a wonderful depth of meaning in it.

The bread and wine of the Eucharist are the simple symbols, chosen by Jesus to become the offering of the new covenant.

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What’s yours is mine

Whatever the Father has is mine. The Spirit will receive what I give and tell you about.

It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that the Church can grasp something of the full meaning of all Jesus said, especially what he said about the Father.

The mystery of the Trinity, our triune God, is part of our one experience. The whole of creation within which we live and love is the product of a loving God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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New life in the Lord

Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, which takes place exactly 50 days after Easter.

That is the meaning of the Greek word, pente, 50. So the word Pentecost and the original feast that goes by that name, both come from the Jewish tradition.

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Division in the ranks

Does the Church have problems and divisions today? Yes. Did the Church have problems and divisions in the past? Yes, right from the beginning.

In the Gospel of St. Luke, there is a focus on the life of Jesus. But in his second book, the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes about the life of the early Christians. 

It begins in Jerusalem and gradually shifts its focus as it follows the missionary journeys of Paul and other early Christians.

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Obstacles to love

Everything is new! There is a new law of love, a new heaven and earth that has been established in the Church, a new depth of communion there and a new glory of God that shines forth from its members.

The new commandment that Jesus announces represents something much greater than tolerance or mutual respect. It is one that requires self-sacrificing love.

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I am the good shepherd

Unity in diversity is first found in the divine union of the Trinity. This is the basic model from which all others flow. Both the first and the second readings in the liturgy for today’s liturgy depict communities that are made up of people from every nation, race, ethnicity and language, both Jews and Gentile alike.

Looking at worshipping communities in our churches today, it is rare to find a congregation where only one nationality or people are present. 

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Differing faith journeys

Senior school students often ask, “How can you be sure that there is a God?” “Why do you believe in Jesus?” They are not trying to be difficult, just asking difficult questions.

As they grow, these questions loom large in their lives. Young people are surrounded by a variety of views about the meaning of life and it is hard for them to discern the truth.

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Doubt and belief

Have you ever been called a Doubting Thomas? There are few people who have not, at sometime, been addressed in this, usually pejorative manner.

Despite the presence of the odd few characters who may take some perverse pride in being considered as such, most of us bow our heads in chagrin and accept it as an admonition. In the end we either learn something about ourselves or about our accusers.

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He has risen!

In a few short words, the evangelist Luke captures a wide range of emotional responses to the resurrection of Jesus. 

First, there is the sense of urgency of the women who rush to the tomb just as the dawn comes.

But this quickly changes—the women are stunned when the body of Jesus is not there. This is contrary to all their expectations. When the angels appear, there is a new emotion—terror.

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I’m in this too!

Our preparation during the period of Lent draws to a conclusion on the second Sunday of the Passion, which we commonly refer to as Palm Sunday, because we are asked to hold the palms, reminiscent of Jesus’ grand welcome from the people, during the procession into the church and while the passion of Jesus is being read.

The story is full of contrasting positions over the person of Jesus, all of which challenge us to examine our own position in faith.