Category: Advent

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“THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1)

⏰Friday of the First Week of Advent (2 December 2016) ????Isa 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14, (R.v.1a); Matt 9:27-31 “THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1) The transition from darkness to light is one of the phenomena that is often used to describe the messianic era in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah used it to describe the events surrounding the birth of the Child, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has dawned upon those who lived in the land as dark as death” (Isa 9:2). The evangelist Matthew also borrowed...

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LET YOUR FAITH BECOME PERFECT BY YOUR WORKS (cf. Jas 2:22)

⏰Thursday of the First Week of Advent (07 Dec 2017) ????Isa 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 (R.v.26a); Matt 7:21, 24-27 My dear, in borrowing the ideas of St. James in the above quotation, instead of using work merely in the context of charity and generosity, we shall extend it here to also mean our active response to our faith in God. We are often distracted from that focus by many worries. Whichever way our worries come from, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that in God, our security is ensured. For them who trust in the Lord, the Lord...

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“WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” (Luke 1:37)

⏰Tuesday of the First Week of Advent (05 Dec. 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Luke 10:21-24 My dear, yesterday, the prophet Isaiah informed us that the coming Messiah shall purify the land and save his people. Today, in Isa 11:1-10, he reminds us of the promise of God to establish a kingdom of justice and peace for his people. To be just to the text, it was a reaction against the moral bankruptcy of the leaders in Israel, hence God’s promise of an ideal leader who would uphold justice and righteousness. But there is something very...

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YOU TOO CAN BE AMONG AMONG THE SAVED

⏰Monday of the First Week of Advent (04 December 2017) ????Isa 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 8:5-11 ????YOU TOO CAN BE AMONG AMONG THE SAVED Have you heard of this thing called the remnant theology? The prophets in Israel used that to talk about the ones that would be survive among the people, through whom God shall continue and actualize his promises to Abraham. These remnant ones often come from the righteous ones. So, at the beginning of this new working week, and just as we kick off the advent period to the fullest, we are...

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“WATCH THEREFORE FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW ON WHAT DAY YOUR LORD IS COMING” (Matt 24:42)

⏰FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR A (27 Nov. 2016) ????Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Rom 13:11-14a; Matt 24:37-44 ✍????Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ????”WATCH THEREFORE FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW ON WHAT DAY YOUR LORD IS COMING” (Matt 24:42) It is the Church’s new liturgical year. Today, we begin a new cycle. And so I wish you a happy new year. I pray that God may open a new and better chapter in your life. May this be for you, new blessings, new and better opportunities, and most of all, stronger faith in Christ yielding...

BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL

24 DECEMBER ?2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.v.2a); Luke 1:67-79 ?”BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL” (Luke 1:67) Do you not have any cause in your life to give thanks to God? Zechariah bursted out to sing the ‘Benedictus’ (Luke 1:67-79); Mary sang the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:46-56) just like Hannah (1 Sam 2:1-11).?? Even if you think that your life and situations have been something close to hell this year, St Paul still encourages you, “Give thanks to God in all circumstances for that is the will of God for you...

I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES

23 DECEMBER ?Mal 3:1-4, 4:5-6; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R. Luke 21:28); Luke 1:57-66 ?”I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 3:23) Still in the mood of thanksgiving. God has shown me so great love and I will continue to serve him till when it pleases him that I should breath my last. May his name be glorified both now and for ever. Amen.? The Day of the Lord is seen as the day in which God is going to save Israel from the hand of their oppressors. The people...

LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD

22 DECEMBER ?1 Sam 1:24-28; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd (R.v.1a); Luke 1:46-56 ?LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD Today is a day of thanksgiving for me. It is on this day, exactly one year ago, that God saved me from a terrible accident in which I lost my car but was miraculously left without a scratch. Join me then singing praises to the Lord and in praying that I will always honour him with holiness of life.?? Do you think that God has done any great thing for you? Have you ever thought of giving back something to...

ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY

21 DECEMBER ?Song 2:8-14; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 (R.v.1a, 3a); Luke 1:39-45 ?”ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY” (Song 2:10) My dear, we begin this new working week with a love story – the love of God. May God’s love envelope you today and beyond in all that you do through Christ our Lord. Amen.?? The Book of the Song of Songs contains some poems that expresses a kind of love between the lover and the beloved. A theological interpretation of that sees God as the lover and we the beloved. In Song 2:8-14, the lover advances to meet the...

THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jer 23:6)

📖Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.7); Matt 1:18-24 As we said at the beginning of Advent, most of the readings we shall be taking from now till the Christmas eve shall be preparing us principally for the immediate celebration of Christmas. Today, there is a reassurance given to those who are hoping for divine intervention in their life situations at the coming of the saviour. According to the psalmist, “In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever” (Ps 72:7). That’s why Herod was uncomfortable when the prophecy was about to be fulfilled. Darkness and light does not...