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GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

⏰SOLEMNITY OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD (01 January 2019 – World Day of Peace) 📕Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6 and 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 Congratulation as you were among the number that made it to the end of this outgoing year 2018. I pray for you especially that it may also translate to an end of all things that oppose the purpose of God for your life. And as we cross over into the new year this night, may this new year be a year of testimonies upon testimonies for you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen....

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“THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT” (Isa 9:2)

⏰CHRISTMAS EVE (MIDNIGHT MASS) 📖Isa 9:2-7; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 11-12, 13 (R. cf. Luke 2:11); Tit 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 We have come to a very significant night! We are all keeping Vigil and waiting for the appearing of the Messiah! Great signs accompany him as he appears. The prophet Isaiah points out that he shall appear as the light the enlightens the darkness of our lives. Darkness brings confusion and pains into our lives. It blocks away opportunities and introduces insecurity. This darkness can be in the form of poverty, sickness, unemployment, injustice, oppression, etc. But the Messiah comes with...

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“EVERYONE WHO THUS HOPES IN HIM PURIFIES HIMSELF AS HE IS PURE” (1 John 3:3)

⏰03 January 2019 📕1 John 2:29 – 3:6; Ps 98:1, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.3cd); John 1:29-34 Remember that we have already seen about three virtues – humility, docility and contentment – which are to guide us to become better in this year. Today, the next virtue we are charged with is PURITY. Some scriptural texts about impurity and us can be somehow scary. Rev 21:27 says that nothing impure will enter the kingdom of God. In Eccl 7:20, the wise man says, “There is no one so righteous on earth who always does good and never sins.” Rom 3:10 says, “Nobody...

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“THE LORD WILL BLESS HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE” (Ps 29:11)

⏰The Baptism of the Lord Year A (9 Jan 2017) ????Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17 ????”THE LORD WILL BLESS HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE” (Ps 29:11) According to the Catholic Catechism of Christian Doctrine, Baptism is a sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church. Johns baptism, which Jesus participated in was also called a baptism of repentance. With the above in mind, it is of little wonder why the early Christians felt embarrassed at the thought of the Baptism...

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“ARISE, SHINE; FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN UPON YOU”

SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD Isa 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12 “ARISE, SHINE; FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAS RISEN UPON YOU” In the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, we celebrate Gods revelation of himself to all of humanity, unhindered by any human limitation. The Magi in the Gospel of today got this revelation through their astrology. That shows that God can reveal himself through any means or person he chooses. This calls us to guard against discrimination of any kind in our...

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“YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED” (Mark 1:11)

⏰06 January 2017 ????1 John 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Mark 1:7-11 ????”YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED” (Mark 1:11) In John 20:30-31, the evangelist said, “Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” What is the content of your Christian faith? It is important to take a stand now that the day is still young....

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“LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN SPEECH BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH” (1 John 3:18)

⏰05 January 2018 ????1 John 3:11-21; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.1); John 1:43-51 ????”LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN SPEECH BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH” (1 John 3:18) Have you heard that love is sacrificial? Can you sacrifice anything for the sake of the one you claim to love? Yesterday, we talked about Jesus the Lamb of God who laid down his life for us so as to save us. The evangelist John said that this act is a proof of his love for us and anyone who claims to love another must be ready to...

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“BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” (John 1:36)

⏰04 January 2018 ????1 John 3:7-10; Ps 98:1, 7-9ab, 9cd (R.v.3cd); John 1:35-42 ????”BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD” (John 1:36) Yesterday, we were told of the importance of remaining pure before God in other to be saved. Considering how difficult it is to remain pure without failing, we concluded that Jesus is really our only hope of achieving that required purity. The Gospel of St. John introduces an important christological title that shows the extent to which Jesus goes in leading us through that purity: “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:36). Lamb was an animal which the Jews used...

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BE CONTENTED WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND ARE!

⏰02 January 2019 – Memorial Memorial of Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen 📕1 John 2:22-28; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 1:19-28 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen Still at the early time of the year, God continues to instruct us on the rules of life that would enable us to reap the benefits of being his true children. Yesterday, we learnt from the docility and humility of Mary and the shepherds. Today, we must learn something special from John the...

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GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

➕SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD (1 Jan 2017 – 50th World Day of Peace) ????Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.2a); Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 ????GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW Congratulation as you made it to this wonderful year 2017. May it be a year of open doors for more testimonies for you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen. At the beginning of every year, which comes exactly eight days after our celebration of the Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Through the Second Reading for the...