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“BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN” (Matt 5:3)

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.14); Heb 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 Last Sunday, with the example of marriage in which there is no separation once God has joined the two persons together into one, we were invited to be ever united with God without allowing anything to separate us from him. But it is quite true that the pursuit for material things has led many of us to miss the track of heaven. Hence, today’s liturgy is very important and timely in its call on us not to allow material things to separate...

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THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Gal 3:11)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 October 2018) 📖Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.5b); Luke 11:15-26 May the peace of Christ be with you. What is the point which St. Paul tried to drive home in Gal 3:7-14? Was he really condemning the law? No! We must try not to misinterpret Paul as doing that. Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee at that. He had respect for Moses, and Moses was the one who received the Law from God. So St Paul must be understood as elevating an understanding of the spirit of the...

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THE LORD IS WITH YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 15 (R.v.24b); Luke 10:38-42 My dear, the presence of God in your life can create so much difference in the kind of fruit you bear. Yesterday, we talked about bearing the fruit of love instead of discrimination; it is only by the presence of God in our life that we can choose to love. In Gal 1:13-24, St. Paul testified that his zeal to preach was informed by his encounter with Christ, and the content of his message was a revelation from Christ,...

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LOVE BUILDS WHILE DISCRIMINATION DESTROYS

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9 and 10c (R.v.5b); Luke 10:25-37 May the peace and love of Christ reign in your life in this new week and beyond. Amen. At the beginning of this new working week, we are called to a reorientation of the value and understanding of love, especially love of God. This is because many think that they love God whereas they are actually filled with hate. St John, in his first letter reminds us that we cannot love God genuinely if we cannot love...

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MARRIAGE IN GOD’S PLAN

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Gen 2:18-24; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.5); Heb 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 It is about seven weeks to the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year. The Church, in her wisdom, chose to remind us today that the end we anticipate would be in the form of a marriage feast (see Rev 19:6-9) in which man’s longing to be with God is achieved. That is why marriage has been described as God’s perfect gift to man. So, strictly speaking, today should not just be seen as a marriage Sunday but a day in which...

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“HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE THE LORD AND HE WILL EXALT YOU” (James 4:10)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 October 2018) 📖Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130 (R.v.135a); Luke 10:17-24 May the grace and peace of Christ continue to abide with you both now and forever. Amen. The word of God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” There can be no real penitence without humility. Consider the...

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GOD DOES NOT CHANGE

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 October 2018) 📖Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14ab (R.v.24b); Luke 10:13-16 May the grace and peace of Christ dwell with you always. Amen. I do not know what you are going through in life; you might be facing difficulties as much as the biblical Job did face, but know that God is always with you (cf. Matt 28:20). In the midst of all his afflictions, Job’s friends tried to fill his mind with a wrong idea of the person of God. That forced Job to begin to...

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I COUNT EVERYTHING AS A LOSS FOR THE SURPASSING VALUE OF KNOWING CHRIST (Phil 3:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Thérese of the Child Jesus) 📖Job 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.3a); Luke 9:57-62 Today, the Church in Nigeria celebrates the Memorial of St Thérese of the Child Jesus. The universal Church celebrates this on October 1st but, because of our Independence Day celebration, when we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, the Church in Nigeria got the permission to move this celebration. Among other virtues, she is known for her devotion to God in every thing that came her...

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“ARE YOU JEALOUS FOR MY SAKE? WOULD THAT ALL THE LORD’S PEOPLE WERE PROPHETS…” (Num 11:29)

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Num 11:25-29; Ps 19:7-9, 11-12, 13 (R.v.8ab); Jam 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 In our reflection last Sunday, there was a warning from the liturgy of the day to shun all forms of envy and Jealousy. These ills do not help in building a community for Christ; they destroy it. In the liturgy of today, the practical examples of Moses, in the First Reading, and Jesus, in the Gospel, are given to us to show us the need to work together so that we can achieve our common goal, which is, our union...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR YOUR TIME

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 Sept. 2018) 📖Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1a and 2abc, 3-4 (R.v.1a); Luke 9:18-22 The preacher says to us today, “There is time for every matter under heaven (Eccl 3:1). And God is the controller of that time, when it is your time, he is going to open your own doors. When God opens such doors, no man can shut it (Rev 3:7). His time is the best. Most of the things that go wrong in different strata of our society today have their contributions from those negatives that are associated with...

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