Author: Fr. JohnBosco Ezeonwumelu

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FAITHFUL DISCIPLESHIP

⏰Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist (18 October 2019) 📖2 Tim 4:10-17ab; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18 (R.v.12a); Luke 10:1-9 🎤TRUE DISCIPLESHIP Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Luke the evangelist. He was a physician (cf. Col 4:14) by profession but went on to become a companion of St. Paul during his missionary journeys. There seems to be a consensus that the evangelist Luke did not meet Jesus in person but when he came in contact with the Christian message, he allowed himself to be transformed by it. In the second account of the Missionary journeys in the Gospel, we...

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AUTHENTIC RESPONSE TO HOLINESS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 October 2019) 📖Rom 2:1-11; Ps 62:2-3, 6-7, 9 (R.v.13bc); Luke 11:42-46 🎤AUTHENTIC RESPONSE TO HOLINESS Is it not true that most times we point accusing fingers at other people while, in actual fact, we are worse than they are in whatever we condemn them of? St. Paul, today, calls on us to sanitise ourselves first from within before we seek to correct others. This is because God is not going to judge us based on what people think about us but by what HE KNOWS about us. Hence, it is...

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“HE WHO THROUGH FAITH IS RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE” (Rom 1:17)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (15 October 2019 – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila) 📖Rom 1:16-25; Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 (R.v.2a); Luke 11:37-41 🎤”HE WHO THROUGH FAITH IS RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE” (Rom 1:17) We give thanks to the Lord for this beautiful day which he has made and given to us. We thank him for guiding us through the night and making us to sleep well. Sometimes, we think we might have a sleepless night only to be woken up the next morning by the alarm clock. That is the awesome handiwork of God. May all...

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“REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” (Luke 10:20)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 Oct. 2019) 📖Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Ps 69:33-35, 36-37 (R.v.34a); Luke 10:17-24 🎤”REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” (Luke 10:20) There are many reasons people go to Church. Some are there to make up the crowd while some come to seek miracles because of troubles. Once they get the desired miracle, they are off again. For such people, God becomes a part-time friend who is visited only when the need arises. What is your own goal in this Christian journey? Where are you heading to? Are you working to...

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“THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD” (Zech 8:8)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 Sept. 2019 – Memorial of St. Jerome) 📖Zech 8:1-8; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.17); Luke 9:46-50 🎤”THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD” (Zech 8:8) What a beautiful way to begin this working week! Do you remember what we said some time ago concerning the purpose for the book of the prophet Zechariah? We did say that he came with a message of hope for the people. And that is just the fact that God himself is going to come and dwell in their...

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YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Sept. 2019) 📖Zech 2:1-5, 10-11a; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:43b-45 🎤YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN Are you in any way suffering because of what you lost? Are you already getting discouraged and saying that you cannot rise again? Have people suggested to you that your case is hopeless? Listen! You are not alone in that. Your brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing (1 Pet 5:9). The Israelites faced the same kind of discouragement when they came back to their land and met it...

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THERE IS ALWAYS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Sept. 2019 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) 📖Haggai 1:15 – 2:9; Ps 43:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.5cd); Luke 9:18-22 🎤THERE IS ALWAYS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL The problems of the Israelites after their return from exile did not just end with the fact of lack of resources to use in rebuilding the temple. Some of them who knew the temple before it was destroyed lost hope of being able to raise the temple to such a status again. Think of losing a very precious...

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LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 Sept. 2019) 📖Ezra 9:5-9; Tob 13:1b-2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Luke 9:1-6 🎤LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS Do you want to be faithful to God? Then you definitely need to be very selfless. Think about God and others first, and be sure that God will never leave you empty handed. That is an important message that we must pick out from Luke 9:1-6, which is seen lived out by Ezra in Ezra 9:5-9, by carrying the burden of his people and intercepting for in humility. Jesus sent out...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – 18 Sept 2016 Amos 8:4-7; Ps. 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 (R.v.1a, 7a); 1Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 “SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” It is a truism that where your treasure is, there lies your heart. If we love God so much, in God would our attention subsist but if it is material possession that we treasure more, it will definitely take away our attention from God. The people of Israel were patiently awaiting the Day of the Lord, when God would restore peace in Jerusalem. But they do this without bothering to...

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“DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT YOU HAVE” (1 Tim 4:14)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 September 2019) 📖1 Tim 4:12-16; Ps 111:7-8, 9, 10 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:36-50 🎤”DO NOT NEGLECT THE GIFT YOU HAVE” (1 Tim 4:14) Have you not realized that nobody is born without a gift? Every child that comes into this world comes with a gift that would be beneficial to him and the entire society. In the same way, everyone who is born into the Church by baptism is also born with a gift. Have you tried to discover your own gift? Are you using it well for the building up...