Author: Fr. JohnBosco Ezeonwumelu

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THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C) Gen 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1-2, 3, 4 (R.v.4cd); 1 Cor 11:23-26; Luke 9:11b-17 THIS CHALICE IS THE NEW COVENANT IN MY BLOOD (1 Cor 11:25) The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in a very special way, invites us to reflect on the rich deposit of our faith which informs our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Beyond that however, it affords us of the opportunity to reflect well on what we believe in so as to ensure that we are not dancing...

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“MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9)

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 12:1-10; Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.9a); Matt 6:24-34 🎤”MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9) There is something that we all must learn from St. Paul today. That is the art of seeing the hand of God at work in whatever happens to us in life. When Jesus says that he would be with us till the end of time (cf. Matt 28:20), he means it. And that also includes the dark and difficult moments of our lives. Everything works unto good for those...

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 9:6-11; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 9 (R.v.1b); Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 🎤”GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7) Do you remember the story of that boy that donated his lunch pack to Jesus (John 6:9) and equipped Jesus with the things to perform the miracle of feeding so many people? That is also the effect our charity has. The joy is that, just as the boy was also a beneficiary of that feeding, we too would gain from any cheerful charity we undertake. Being cheerful is a...

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GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5)

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY (Year C) Prov 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7a, 7b-9, (R.v.2a); Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED INTO OUR HEARTS (Rom 5:5) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understanding. The reality of the idea of the three persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament....

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THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT

Pentecost Sunday (Year C) Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Rom 8:8-17; John 14:15-16, 23b-26 THE SPIRIT OF EMPOWERMENT Happy birthday to all of us, sons and daughters of the Church. This is the day when we celebrate the birth of the Church. On this day of Pentecost, we celebrate the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus and those gathered with them (cf. Acts 2:1-11), a fulfillment of Jesus promise to them. This outpouring serves one important purpose, which is empowerment. Remember that towards the end of his earthly life,...

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FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter (08 June 2019) 📖Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Ps 11:1-4, 5 and 7 (R.v.7b); John 21:20-25 🎤FOLLOW JESUS, THE WAY, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS Most of the books of the New Testament were written to address different theological concerns. Obviously, there were many of such concerns in the Gospel of John but central among them is faith in Jesus Christ as one who is the same with God the Father. There were other minor concerns but all of them center around that want of proof for the divinity of Jesus. Consider the last part of...

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WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter (06 June 2017) 📖Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); John 17:20-26 🎤WE NEED THE SPIRIT OF FORTITUDE AND WISDOM Thanks be to God that my blog is recovered, and is up and running. It was not as worse as I feared. It was discovered that my license got expired and as I was not able to renew immediately, I was logged out. Well, thanks be to God that we didn’t lose the data we had saved in it all these years. Alright, back to our reflection for the...

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“I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (16 May 2019) 📖Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20 🎤”I HAVE GIVEN YOU AN EXAMPLE” (John 13:15) My dear, the events of the Lord’s Supper can be described as a mystery of love and service where Jesus offered himself to us and commanded us to do same for others. Nobody can really love and serve without humility and selflessness. Otherwise, we might keep rationalising over whether it is right for us to love or whom to love or offer our service to and then miss to fulfill the...

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CALLED TO A SACRIFICIAL AND SELFLESS WITNESSING

⏰Feast of St. Matthias (14 May 2019) 📖Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (R.v.8); John 15:9-17 🎤CALLED TO A SACRIFICIAL AND SELFLESS WITNESSING As the end of the earthly life of Jesus drew near, he needed to ensure that his disciples’ confidence is harnessed well to face surely-impending challenges of life without him. He did this by reminding them and clarifying for them that it was God who called and chose them. He first of all explained his relationship with the Father so as to now teach them how to relate with the Father also. This relationship is...

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“PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5)

⏰THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) – First Scrutiny 📖Exod 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 🎤”PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5) I welcome you this third Sunday of Lent. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which culminates in Baptism at Easter Vigil, this is the day in which we have what is called the First Scrutiny/Purification. The Second and Third Scrutiny would come up on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Lent respectively. The period of Scrutiny is a period of reflection and...