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God bless our family

The liturgical calendar commentary posted on the catholicculture website tells us this;








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God will act

The two themes of this Sunday’s readings embrace God acting in the world and the ancestry line of Jesus, which places him in the lineage of King David.

The first chapter of St. Matthew’s gospel spells out an impressive family tree.

Joseph, who is a descendent of David and took Mary home as his wife, has, without any legal dispute the father responsible for him on this earth and he also receives the right to give him a name.








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Not an easy way

Prepare the way of the Lord!” This cry has echoed in word and in song down through the centuries.

The gospels give us a model for our preparation. John the Baptist, the relation of Jesus, is the one who is the model for our preparation. He did his preparation in a particular way, calling people to a baptism of repentance.








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Keeping your 
head up

The people of Hong Kong have been expressing a strong desire to live with integrity in an honest society and to give their children something special as a gift towards their future.

Although Catholics are only a small proportion of the people, they too have something special to offer to their neighbours—a long tradition of teaching that dates back even to the time before Jesus, showing how to live with integrity and justice.








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Leaders and followers

The Feast of Christ the King is a relatively recent feast day. The theme of the feast sets out to focus on the leadership model that Jesus has given to us through his own example.

The leadership model that Jesus lived out in the concrete is one that empowers, by recognising the gifts that each and every person possesses, as well as presenting guidelines, without ultimatums, orders or force.








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Hope in the right things

If you take to heart today’s gospel reading it would be hard to find a reason to get out of
bed! Imagine, putting on a fine dinner and then discovering that none of the guests you have sent invitations to have any interest in turning up.

And St. Paul discovers that even though he and his disciples were careful not to be a burden on anyone, they are still not welcome and the model of behaviour they had set was simply not appreciated.








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What are you really asking?

Recently I was in a school and the children were asking questions about God and all sorts of things that are related to religion.

Some excellent questions came out of the mouths of the young, including some really difficult and thoughtful inquiries.








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View from up a tree

We often see children sitting on a parent’s shoulder so that they can get a better view of what is going on, or even a view at all, because in a crowd the only thing in their line of sight may be the backs of the people in front of them

Increasingly, we also see young women sitting on the shoulders of their companions at rock concerts and there are other situations in which it is an advantageous place to perch.








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Religion is not just about me

In his parable presented in the gospel reading of today’s Mass, Jesus sets out to shake the complacency of the people who think that following the rules is all they have to do in order to be his faithful follower, or lead a good life.

He points out to them that simply following the rules, even to the letter of the minutest directive, does not mean much except in the context of the manner in which they think and act towards others.








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Act of goodness is act of happiness

For Jesus, faith was and is, primarily, the trust we put in God’s love for us and a measure of how willing we are to serve others.

Today, as the worldwide Church marks Mission Sunday, this is truly an appropriate theme for people
to reflect upon, as it asks the question of how strongly we believe that
God will act in history and how determinedly we are convinced
that God will take care of us,
forgive us, heal us and protect us from evil.