Category: Advent

THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD

WEDNESDAY ?Isa 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. see Isa 45:8); Luke 7:19-22 ?”THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD” (Deut 6:4) Fresh from the land of exile and slavery, where they experienced polytheism (the idea of many gods) and religious prostitution, the people of Israel needed to be reminded that they have only one God, who is able to do all things well for them, and under whom they shall experience victory and glory (see Isa 45:6-25).? That reminder is equally very important for us in our day, when great confusion abound, as to...

THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM

TUESDAY ?Zeph 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23, (R.v.7a); Matt 21:28-32 ?THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM (cf. Ps 34:6) The scripture says in 2 Chron 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 the land.”???? The prophet Zephaniah reiterates this point in Zeph 3:1-13. The defiled, rebellious and oppressing city is invited to change her ways so that, “On that day [she] shall not...

NO WEAPON FASHIONED AGAINST YOU WILL SUCCEED

THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT MONDAY ?Num 24:2-7, 15-17; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7cd, 8-9, (R.v.4b); Matt 21:23-27 ?”NO WEAPON FASHIONED AGAINST YOU WILL SUCCEED” (Ps 54:17) My dear, in this new working week, I pray for you that any stone the enemy hurls at you this week and beyond shall not only turn stepping stones, they shall also become for you, showers of blessing. Amen.? Those who labour to pull you down shall only be labouring in vain and working for your good because, just as God changed the evil mission of Balaam for the good of his people (see...

OPEN OUR EYES TO THE TRUTH, O LORD!

SATURDAY ?Sir 48:1-4, 9-11b; Ps 28:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); Matt 17:10-13 OPEN OUR EYES TO THE TRUTH, O LORD!?? My dear, I pray for you that God may continue to draw you close to himself every time, to know the truth, follow it and be free.?? Do you understand why some people normally leave the truth to pursue shadows? I think it is because they normally subject the verification of the truth to principles which are generated from personal biases. But truth cannot be subjective.?? That was the problem with the leaders of the Jews which Jesus condemned....

MY PEACE SHALL BE LIKE A RIVER AND MY NAME SHALL NEVER BE CUT OFF FROM BEFORE THE LORD

FRIDAY ?Isa 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. John 8:12); Matt 11:16-19 ?MY PEACE SHALL BE LIKE A RIVER AND MY NAME SHALL NEVER BE CUT OFF FROM BEFORE THE LORD (see Isa 48:18-19) Amen! That is my prayer today and also wish that you join me in saying on this day of great joy for me.? It is my birthday, a day I always want to celebrate my mother in a special way and thank God for saving her life some years ago as she was giving birth to me. Kindly join me in praying for her...

FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU

THURSDAY ?Isa 41:13-20; Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.8); Matt 11:11-15 ?”FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU” (Isa 41:13) Think of the shame and trauma the Israelites had while they were being led to exile. They suffered humiliation and were helpless in the face of opposition. To worsen the case, they were helplessly turned to slaves in exile.? This was the same nation that had been empowered by God to conquer all the nations that stood on their way on their way to the Promised Land. But by now, their self confidence and esteem have been punctured.? So Isaiah...

THEY WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH (Isa 40:31)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent (12 December 2018) 📖Isa 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10, (R.v.1a); Matt 11:28-30 Thank you for sharing my joys and for your prayers for my mother and me as I marked my birthday yesterday. May God also give you reasons to be celebrated always through Christ our Lord. Amen Having spent a long time in exile amidst disappointments and pain, and of course, with a possible feeling of abandonment by God, it would need an extra grace for the Israelites to be convinced again that God cares for them. Isaiah tried to...

BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT MONDAY ?Isa 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. Isa 35:4ff); Luke 5:17-26 ?”BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4) My dear, God wants you to begin this new working week with smiles and strong faith in him; do not allow anything to rob you of that. Learn from the determination of the friends of this paralytic in Luke 5:18-26. The crowd proved to be an obstacle to them but they still found a way to reach Jesus through the roof.? There can be a lot of crowds trying to prevent us from seeing Jesus: ?That...

YOU SHALL WEEP NO MORE!

SATURDAY ?Isa 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, (R.Isa 30:18); Matt 9:35 – 10:1, 5a, 6-8 ?”YOU SHALL WEEP NO MORE!” (Isa 30:19) My dear, listen to Isaiah talking to all of us, “Blessed are all those who wait for the Lord” (Isa 30:18).? The people of Israel had neglected Gods earlier warnings against forming alliance with foreign nations (see Isa 7). Here, in Isa 30:18-26, the prophet tries to assure the people that God has not given up on them, and that if they come back to God and remain with him, he will wipe their tears and make...

THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION

FRIDAY ?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 that passage to describe the entrance of Jesus into...