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We are one body 
with the Lord

I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the Lord.”








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We are in this together

The prophet Amos understands himself as an ordinary man called to do an extraordinary job and he persists, despite continued rejection from those to whom he is sent to serve.

In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul tells us that we have been chosen by God and were marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit at baptism, so that we too like Amos, as ordinary people have been given an extraordinary job to do, to make holy the spotless love of Christ.








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Learning through 
the liturgy

The reading from the prophet Ezekiel in today’s liturgy suggests that those who serve a prophetic function often face defiance and obstinacy from those whose positions they challenge.
However, he points out that this is the price required of us in announcing the world of God, as there are always people with whom it will not be popular.
Then in his letter to the Corinthians, St.








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Healing touch of sacraments

The miracle stories retold in the liturgy of Jesus performing a healing are highly familiar to most of us.

The stories are told in great detail. This gives us hope that the age of miracles is not yet over, despite the fact that we know that death is the one inevitable for everyone.








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Prepare the way of the Lord

 

All the readings used for this feast help to unfold for us the saving plan of God through all of time. It is clear from the gospel reading that we listen to today that John was truly a child chosen to come at the appointed time.

His father, Zechariah, was given back his speech when he confirmed that the child was to be named John. The last verse of the reading states that John had indeed been set apart by God for a mission to the people of Israel.








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Sealing a covenant

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, a feast which combines the former feasts of Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday) and the Precious Blood of the Lord (July 1).

The readings are taken from both of these feasts. The first reading from the feast of the Precious Blood speaks of the blood of the covenant between God and Moses and the people.








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Owning our faith

 

This means that we have more to hear, more to experience. We have journeyed through the time of Lent and experienced the blessings of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the suffering and death of Jesus and the resurrection.








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Peace be with you

In the account of Pentecost from the Gospel according to St. John, Jesus enters the locked room where the disciples were hiding in fear and greets them with the words, “Peace be with you.”
 
During the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Chinese character for peace (和) was also shown three times during the description of the invention of the printing press.
 








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Our own Acts 
of the Apostles

The feast of the Ascension marks the end of the ministry of Jesus on this earth, but more importantly, it also marks the beginning of our ministry.

It is the turning point in history when the disciples took up the challenge from Jesus to announce the good news of salvation to all people, without distinction of race, creed or colour.

However, the bottom line question that the liturgy asks of the people present is, “Why are you gazing up at the sky?”








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Writing on the wall

Who are our heroes in life? Are they sport or movie stars, business tycoons, fashion models, musicians or pop singers?

These are important questions, especially for young people, the walls of whose bedrooms are often plastered with posters featuring the idols that feed their latest fads and dreams.

Even saints may find a spot and, depending on the person, the life span of an idol may vary radically from days to years.