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Can you say why?? Jesus' friends travelled around the world to tell people about Jesus and how Jesus wanted everyone to act. The people always had questions about what they were supposed to do to be a Christian or a follower of Jesus. In one of his letters to the church in Philippi Paul said that People should imitate him and his friends. They knew how to be followers of Jesus. Do you know what the word imitate means??? It means to copy like we did in our game. The funny faces we made weren't really showing people how to be followers of Jesus.

Paul and his friends copied Jesus's example of how he went about taking care of the sick and the lonely and telling them about God's love and showing them how to forgive those who had hurt or offended them. They said that they should imitate them and not copy others who are mean or nasty or greedy or rude.

When we see people doing good things - we know that they are followers of Jesus - and it these we should copy. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. He cares for me, He cares for me, He cares for me, He's so good to me! I am your shield, your very great reward. Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.

When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking fire-pot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. L This is the Word of the Lord. P Thanks be to God. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven.


And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!

Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved? Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us. Away from me, all you evildoers! People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last. Herod wants to kill you. Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

P Praise be to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Speak, O Lord, for your servants listen. Recently a researcher for a publishing company was interviewing a number of people to determine what kind of books they liked to read. The Bible, Shakespeare, and the classics were high on nearly everyone's list. In return for their cooperation, the researcher offered each person a choice of a free book from a list of titles published by the company. The most popular choice of this high-minded group was "Murder of a Burlesque Queen. And the sad thing is that many of us do not even realize that our values are askew.

And this includes - though it ought not - folk within the church of Christ Jesus. In today's epistle reading St.

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Paul says there are two kinds of people: those who have their eyes set on worldly pleasures, whose God is their belly - and those who citizenship is in heaven and who await a saviour from there - our Lord Jesus Christ. And he calls us - as we wait - to stand firm in the Lord.

So where are you at? Are you a person whose life is oriented toward this world, or is your life oriented beyond this world to eternity? What is that you actually focus on? What do you seek out for yourself and your family? What do you value? I've said before that people don't talk much about heaven anymore, even people who claim to be followers of Christ. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced Either our primary focus is on this world and its pleasures or it is on heaven and the saviour that we await - the one who does not simply labour to make earth more like heaven, but whose mission is, instead, to have us become citizens of heaven, - a people who are ready for the new heaven and the new earth that will come when the old heaven and earth pass away, - a people who live - and live forever - because they depend more upon the bread of heaven than they do upon that bread made from grain and other things of this earth.

As I said last week in speaking about the temptations that we experience There is a choice that must be made and that choice primarily consists of what we focus upon. Are we concerned to discover what it is God wants us to do with our lives? Or do we seek instead to determine how we will get a bigger home or a newer car or take that vacation we have long wanted. Do our values reflect a higher order of things - a divine order - a heavenly order? Or do they focus more on what Paul calls the things of the belly?

Are you able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, those things that God has made and placed in your path, or must you surround yourself with the things that humankind make and then sell at price that only we here in North America can afford?

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They were complete opposites. Michael was a successful businessman, while David took seasonal jobs at dude ranches, parks and resorts. Concerned for David's welfare, businessman Michael tried to entice David with the so-called "good life. On the back David had written: "My back yard. It's sad, but our world is wrapped up in the pursuit of power, pleasure and possessions. Some can only enjoy a sunset if it is in Acapulco. Exercise has no lure for others unless they are in the right club or at least have on the right attire.

Even the food we eat must be served with the proper ambience. I'm not saying that all the things of this earth are sinful in and of themselves. I am saying if you have to have these things to be happy, you are in trouble - and you are most especially in trouble when you consider that well over ninety percent of this world's population do not and cannot experience even ten percent of the physical abundance that is ours Eugene Brice once read an account written by a woman born near the turn of the century. She wrote of raising a family on a farm during hard, hard times.

She told about one terrible winter when their month-old daughter came down with a cold, then flu, then pneumonia, then diphtheria. Living 18 miles from town, they resorted to home remedies and the help of neighbours.

The baby's condition, though, went downhill rapidly and they grew more desperate. The worst night, the woman wrote, was when snow fell, making any more travel to town extremely difficult. That night the baby lay virtually lifeless.

The baby's father wrote in his journal, "Heavy snow. How can we bury our baby in this? Reliving the temptations of Jesus. Lent is a time to see Jesus with new eyes Listen to Him even as He predicts his Passion and Death! Fourth Sunday of Lent The Prodigal and his brother did not know their father.

Do we know God?

Third Week of Lent

Parable of the Prodigal Son - we are like each of the sons God waiting to welcome us back Why confess sins to a priest? Book Excerpt: Cardinal Ratzinger on Freedom without lawfulness. Will we be transformed at the end of Lent? Do not throw stones at others - Jesus forgives you, do not sin again Related Homilies: Penance Service Homily. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. Third Sunday of Easter Jesus forgives Peter and restores him.

Arts and Faith Lent: Ash Wednesday, Cycle A

Related Homilies: It is impossible to meet Jesus and remain the same Related Homilies: Jesus the Good Shepherd carries us and lays down his life for us. Love one another just as I have loved You Related Homilies: Love of God for us Loving God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves. Bear with one another charitably, love your children. Jesus' Ascension for our Salvation - Praying together before Pentecost Waiting in Prayer for the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit. First reading, witnesses to the ends of the earth: Church growing through trials.