Category: Christmas

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FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD

⏰THURSDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (10 January 2019) 📑1 John 4:19 – 5:4; Ps 72:1-2, 14 and 15cd, 17 (R.v.11); Luke 4:14-22a 🎤”FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD (1 John 5:4) Yesterday, we made reference to the authority of Jesus over the forces of evil which was symbolized by his walking on the sea (Mark 6:50). In Matt 28:18, he declared the acquisition of such authority, “All authority in heaven and on earth has given to me.” And in Luke 4:18, he tell us the source of that authority, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me…” With such authority,...

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PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

⏰WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (09 January 2019) 📑1 John 4:11-18; Ps 72:1-2, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Mark 6:45-52 🎤”PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR” (1 John 4:18) Can you feel the authoritative and compassionate way in which Jesus brought back calmness to his disciples when they were faced with sea turbulence (Mark 6:45-52)? He walked on top of the sea which means that he has power over the evil powers which are believed to have their dominion in the sea. It is with that sense of authority that he told his disciples, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear” (Mark 6:50). That...

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THE MIRACLE OF LOVE

⏰TUESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY 📑1 John 4:7-10; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8 (R.v.11); Mark 6:34-44 🎤THE MIRACLE OF LOVE To love is to know God because love defines the very essence of God. St John says that “he who loves is born of God and knows God…for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). Hence, to love is to reveal the face of God to the world since it is out love that God sent his only son into the world (1 John 4:9-10).❤ Therefore, as Jesus continued on his mission of revealing the mysteries of the kingdom of God, he chose to...

THE LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS

⏰MONDAY AFTER EPIPHANY 📑1 John 3:22 – 4:6; Ps 2:7-8, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Matt 4:12-17, 23-25 🎤THE LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS (cf. John 1:5) Yesterday, we reflected on Jesus who came as light to all the nations. Today, we consider the practical way in which Jesus becomes that light to all.? Matthew tells us of his mission into Capernaum in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, a territory that is further described as the Galilee of the Gentiles (see Matt 4:12-17, 23-25). For the evangelist, this was a fulfillment of a prophecy of restoration made in Isa 9:1-2.? Consider a few details...

IT IS THE ENDTIME…

31 December 2015 (The Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-12, 13 (R.v.11a); John 1:1-18 ?IT IS THE ENDTIME… Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his great love endures forever (Ps 118:1).❤ We thank the Lord who made it possible for us to see this final day of the Year 2015. May his name be glorified both now and forever. Amen.? As we observed yesterday, endtime is a period of evaluation. Find out time today to think back and think of how you related with the...

DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD

30 December 2015 (The Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.11a); Luke 2:36-40 ?”DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD” (Matt 6:33) There is one Igbo song that we normally take at funerals: ?”Nwa nke mmadu che uche ndu gi; “Gini g’abu ugwo olu gi; “Oge ife nke uwa ga-esoro uwa laa? “Nwa nke mmadu che uche ndu gi.”? That song translates thus: “Man think about your life; “What shall be your gain, “When the things of the world would vanish with the world?...

LOVE IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT

29 DECEMBER (The Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6 (R.v.11a); Luke 2:22-35 ?LOVE IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT (Matt 22:37-38) My dear, St Paul really said it and I believe; all things work together unto good for those who love God (Rom 8:28). If you really love God, then you certainly have nothing to be afraid of because it means that you have all that matters.? To love is to keep all the commandments because God is love (1 John 4:16) and all commandments comes from God....

GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL

28 DECEMBER (Feast of the Holy Innocents) ?1 John 1:5 – 2:2); Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8 (R.v.7ab); Matt 2:13-18 ?”GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” (1 John 1:5) My dear, as we have stepped into the very last week in the year 2015, I pray that all the good things you ever starts must be directed by God to their fruitful completion through Christ our Lord. Amen.? Today, in the life of the Church, and still in the spirit of Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents, that is, those children who were...

LET THE SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU

26 DECEMBER (Feast of St. Stephen) ?Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Ps 31:3bc-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17 (R.v.6a); Matt 10:17-22 ?LET THE SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU (cf. Matt 10:18) We give thanks to God for his love and mercy upon us, and for the opportunity to reflect on his Word daily. May his name be glorified both now and forever. Amen.? We pray that he may allow his Word to penetrate the innermost part of our being and give us the grace to serve him more faithfully not minding the danger that might want to scare us away...

YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED

⏰THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD 📖Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 (R.v.1); Tit 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 🎤”YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED” (Luke 3:22) Have you been paying attention to the series of liturgical events marking this season of Christmas? You might have noticed the different ways God has been making efforts to reveal himself to us through Jesus Christ. On Christmas day, he sent the angels to reveal the birth of his Son to the Jews. Last Sunday, at the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, he sent...