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“HE ROSE AND REBUKED THE WINDS AND THE SEA; AND THERE WAS A GREAT CALM” (cf. Matt 8:26)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 June 2020) 📖Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12; Ps 5:5-6, 7, 8 (R.v.9a); Matt 8:23-27 🎤”HE ROSE AND REBUKED THE WINDS AND THE SEA; AND THERE WAS A GREAT CALM” (cf. Matt 8:26) Beloved in Christ, today marks the end of the month of June. Today, the first half of the year 2020 will officially come to an end. I pray that it may also bring to an end, your pains and afflictions, your disappointments and failures. And may you be prepared to welcome new realities in your life and in all that...

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CHOOSE TODAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE

⏰Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 June 2020) 📖2Kings 25:1-12; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.6ab); Matt 8:1-4 🎤CHOOSE TODAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE As he prepared to wound up his ministry, Joshua gathered the people and led them to opt for absolute faithfulness to God (see Josh 24:14ff). It was probably easier for him to convince them because he led by example by choosing to serve the Lord with his family (Josh 24:15). That was not so for Zedekiah, who was the last king of Judah from 597 BC to about 586 BC. Instead of trusting...

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“DO NOT LET YOUR GOD ON WHOM YOU RELY DECEIVE YOU…” (2 Kgs 19:10)

⏰Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 June 2020) 📖2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Ps 60:3, 4-5, 12-14 (R.v.7a); Matt 7:1-5 🎤”DO NOT LET YOUR GOD ON WHOM YOU RELY DECEIVE YOU…” (2 Kgs 19:10) Hey! I hope you can already see that those words were not exactly mine. They were copied right from the scripture. Well, for some time, I have been having the same thought. So, it is not accidental that I picked it up as my theme for reflection today. Some years ago, I had a bitter experience that really put my faith to...

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SEEK AND REMAIN IN THE FACE OF GOD

⏰Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 June 2020) 📖2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Ps 60:3, 4-5, 12-14 (R.v.7a); Matt 7:1-5 🎤SEEK AND REMAIN IN THE FACE OF GOD Isaiah 59:1-2 states, “The Lord’s arm is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. It is rather your iniquities that have separated you from your God; it is your sins that have made him hide his face from you, so that he does not hear you.” That prophecy is what is echoed in 2 Kings 17. The kingdom of Israel came to an...

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“OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH” (Psalm 121:2)

⏰Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 June 2020) 📖1 Kgs 17:1-6; Ps 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.2); Matt 5:1-12 🎤”OUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH” (Psalm 121:2) Beloved in Christ, join me in thanking God for his saving mercy. It is his mercy that has kept me going against all odds. May his name be glorified both now and forever. Amen. Our God is so faithful that he cannot commission you for a mission without a provision. I believe that Elijah understood this so well such that he trusted God and...

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BEWARE OF FIERCE WOLVES WITH THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter (27 May 2020) 📖Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:33-35a, 35b and 36b (R.v.33a); John 17:11b-19 🎤BEWARE OF FIERCE WOLVES WITH THE WORD OF GOD In one of his endtime discourses, Jesus warned his disciples of the expected infiltration of their company with false Christs and false prophets (cf. Matt 24:24). We might be walking in deception when we anticipate these in the likeness of the second beast of Rev 13:11-17. Jesus already warned against this kind of thinking when he warned his disciples about fierce wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt 7:15). St. Paul noted that...

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MY WOMAN; MY EVERYTHING!

A LOVE LETTER TO MY DEARLY BELOVED MUM, EZINNE BESSY EDUMCHIEKE EZEONWUMELU TO CELEBRATE HER 85TH BIRTHDAY MY WOMAN; MY EVERYTHING! Dear Mum, Last night, I did put myself on the line when I carelessly made a post on Facebook that I will be telling our story for the world to hear. Yes, I said careless because if I had known that many people would be waiting for the story, I would have probably kept my peace intact. But the Holy Father, Pope Francis asked us to tell our story in order to give hope to the world in need...

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“ASK, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (John 16:24b)

⏰Saturday After Ascension (23 May 2020) 📖Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10; John 16:23b-28 🎤”ASK, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (John 16:24b) Imagine a situation without Jesus after we have been with him for a long time. A close example to this would be the death of loved one especially one to whom we have been dependent to a very large extent. That is a picture of the situation the disciples found themselves since the Ascension of Jesus. However, Jesus knew that a situation like that would arise and it would bring them so much...

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HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year A (21 May 2020) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 🎤HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Jesus has ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), yet he is ever present to and with us. We believe so because he said so (Matt 28:20) and no lie is ever found in his mouth since he the truth par excellence (John 14:6). The truth that we celebrate today is...

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“MY FATHER GOES ON WORKING AND SO DO I” (John 5:17)

⏰SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR A) 📖Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.4); Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29 🎤”MY FATHER GOES ON WORKING AND SO DO I” (John 5:17) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you both now and forever. Amen. As Jesus was preparing to take leave of his disciples and go back to the Father, an event that we shall be celebrating on Thursday this week as the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, he knew that they would...

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