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Sunday 27 May 2018. Week IV Psalter. Trinity Sunday.
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Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own—Ps.32(33): 4-6. 9, 18-20, 22. Romans 8:14-17. Matthew 28:16-20.
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The Blessed Trinity reveals who God is for us.
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Extending our reflections on the doctrine of the Trinity beyond what it reveals about the inner life of God, we might see it as a summary of what we believe about the ways in which the triune God shares the divine life with us – as creator, redeemer and sanctifier. It is the mystery of God-with-us and God for-us.
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Before his ascension, Jesus addressed these words to his followers: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you’. This is our mission as Christians. It is supported by Jesus’ assurance that he will be with us to the end of time.

For our Three Year Lectionary friends, this verse will be the Gradual later in the summer. For our One Year Lectionary friends, we get to hear this part of Romans in the lectionary this weekend for Trinity Sunday! It's hard with our human brains to comprehend the vastness of our Triune God's love for us, but it's the love He promises to us through Jesus Christ! Hear Christ for you in worship this weekend at kfuo.org.

#OneYear #Lectionary #TheHolyTrinity
#FirstReading Isaiah 6:1-7
#Psalm 29
#EpistleReading Romans 11:33-36
#GospelReading John 3:1-15 (16-17)

Saturday 26 May 2018. St Philip Neri.
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James 5:13-20. Let my prayer come like incense before you—Ps 140(141):1-3, 8. Mark 10:13-16.
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Who is worthy?
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Who have we stopped from coming to Jesus? Who have we turned away because it was just too hard to keep on reaching out? Who have we judged as unworthy of ‘bothering’ Jesus? Have we stopped ourselves for the same reason? Do we feel that we need to ‘have it together’ or have already produced something of great value before we can come before Jesus with our smallness? The Kingdom of God belongs to those who welcome it like a little child: in awe and wonder, in honesty, in openness, in trust, in abandonment to love, and in curiosity deeply lived in each moment.

Friday 25 May 2018. SS Bede The Venerable, Gregory VII, Mary Magdalene De Pazzi. Day of Penance.
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James 5:9-12. The Lord is kind and merciful—Ps 102(103):1-4, 8-9, 11-12. Mark 10:1-12.
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In the eyes of Jesus, marriage is about enduring love.
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Jesus’ approach to marriage as the enduring love of a man and a woman reflects what his whole preaching was about. All his efforts were directed to explaining to his disciples and his listeners that his God and theirs, above all else, was about them knowing and understanding that this was the God of enduring love.
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In our day and age, the breakdown of this union happens more often than many would like. These breakdowns are often the cause of much grief and anguish, not only for the parties, their families and their friends but also for society at large.
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Lord, we pray for the grace that all touched by such breakdowns may look to the enduring love of God to help them.

Thursday 24 May 2018. Our Lady Help of Christians.
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Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31. You are the highest honour of our race—Judith 13:18-20. James 3:13-18. Luke 1:39-56.
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From now on all generations will call me blessed.
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And so they have. But perhaps all those centuries of Christianity separating Nazareth and us have blunted some of the impact of Mary’s song. We too often forget that these are words of a pregnant young girl who had every reason to be frightened, not rejoicing.
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When the angel told her she would bear a child, she asked the obvious question: ‘How?’ No doubt she also wondered, ‘What will become of me now?’ But her final answer was, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord.’
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So often, God seems to be asking us to do something that makes no sense and offers only pain. But we pray, ‘My spirit rejoices in God my saviour.’

Wednesday 23 May 2018. Day of Abstinence.
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James 4:13-17. Happy the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs—Ps 48(49):2-3, 6-11. Mark 9:38-40.
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The gift of life.
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When we lose a loved one or hear about an unexpected tragedy, we can be reminded that life is fleeting, and we must make the most of each day. James reminds us that if we know the right thing and fail to do it, we fail God. The Psalmist notes that ‘both high and low, rich and poor’ live life together, and that each life is priceless in its own way. It’s not always obvious who brings more wealth to the world. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus brings a generous interpretation to making the most of life. He says not to stop anyone doing things in his name, as ‘whoever is not against us is for us’. God, help me always to live a life of love every day.

Tuesday 22 May 2018. St Rita of Cascia.
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James 4:1-10. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you—Ps 54(55):7-11, 23. Mark 9:30-37.
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A strange conversation.
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Jesus, quietly walking along the way, waits till arrival at Capernaum before asking his disciples an insightful question: ‘what were you arguing about on the way?’ They fall silent before him. The disciples had been ranking each other in terms of greatness. They were comparing. Rather than celebrating each other’s unique gifts, the discussion is a source of division. Sensing the mood of the discussion, Jesus sits down, calling the twelve back to their deepest identity as disciples. He issues a challenging teaching: ‘if anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’ As a community for mission, the disciples need to learn to care for each other.
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This is a call to a new way of being, acting, and living in the world.
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Lord God, we pray that we may be shepherds of your flock. Help us to model your love for us to each other. Through this, may we continue to build your church from where Peter began.

Monday 21 May 2018. Week III Psalter. St Christopher Magallanes and Companions.
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James 3:13-18. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart—Ps 18(19):8-10, 15. Mark 9:14-29.
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Everything is possible for someone who believes.
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Today’s Gospel presents a hectic scene and an interesting cast of characters: the tormented boy. His father wants to believe and begs Jesus to help him overcome his disbelief. The disciples wonder why they couldn’t rid the boy of the demon themselves.
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Jesus himself, calm yet in command in the midst of the turmoil, reminds his followers (and all those who doubt and are distracted) that at times such as these prayer is what is most needed.
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Lord, in the busyness of our day, when we doubt or panic, when we forget you and our faith wavers, help us to seek healing, peace and wholeness through prayer.

Sunday 20 May 2018. Pentecost Sunday.
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Acts 2:1-11. Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth—Ps 103(104):1, 24, 29-31, 34. Galatians 5:16-25. John 15:26-27, 16:12-15.
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Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.
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Acts 2 marks a pivotal point in the New Testament. One hundred and twenty men and women became members of the church when it was born in the upper room. After the power of the Holy Spirit fell upon the believers, those visiting Jerusalem began to wonder how the disciples could speak so many languages.
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Then Peter stood up and began to speak: the same Peter who ran in fear on the night of Jesus’ trial now spoke boldly. He captivated everyone with his compelling words. Peter knew where he was going; he didn’t focus on himself but on others. He exuded warmth and love and gave people practical answers to their needs.
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Let us ask the Spirit to bless us in our everyday lives, kindling the fire within our hearts so that we may be open and ready for the mission before us.

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Saturday 19 May 2018
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Acts 28:16-20, 30-31. The just will gaze on your face, O Lord—Ps 10(11):4-5, 7. John 21:20-25.
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The just will gaze on your face, O Lord.
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The theme running through today’s readings is that one should stand one’s ground and leave vindication to God.
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We don’t judge people for being unbelievers. We don’t claim to be superior to others because we believe in God. We don’t claim that our exercise of freedom of conscience is superior to theirs. Instead we approach God with total faith and trust, and with real determination to do God’s will as we perceive it.
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We may be only moderately successful in this; but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that we persist in our efforts to love and serve the living God. Everything else remains in the hands of God, where it should be.

Friday 18 May 2018. St John I. Day of Penance.
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Acts 25:13-21. The Lord has set his throne in heaven. Ps 102(103):1-2, 11-12, 19-20. John 21:15-19.
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When you were young you walked where you liked: but when you grow old someone will take you …
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Transition in life between childhood dependence and adult independence is well documented. But transition from adult independence to dependence in marriage, a religious vow of obedience, illness or old age is less publicised but of equal significance. The latter kind involves surrender to someone or thing beyond our control—and involves trust. This is a key Christian experience and an aspect of Christ’s cross—placing himself in the power of those who hated him. From him we know it leads to growth, to resurrection. Experience of dependence opens us to experience our weaknesses, yet calls us to reach out to others for help. In this way God can enter our lives precisely because we are vulnerable. Let us welcome experiences of dependence as leading us closer to God and one another.

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