Category: Easter Season

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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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“YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON YOU” (Acts 1:8)

⏰Pentecost Sunday (Year B) 📕Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1ab and 24ac, 29bc-30, 31 and 34 (R.v30); Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 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, he was constantly telling...

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MAY THE BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE (John 17:11)

⏰SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) WORLD COMMUNICATION SUNDAY 📕Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19 The unity of all believers is undoubtedly paramount in the mind of Jesus when he made his priestly prayer in John 17. This unity is one which comes through our common heritage in God through Christ. As we gradually draw to the close of the Easter season, we are presented with this theme because that is what would guarantee the success of the task which Jesus gives us to go into the world and make disciples of...

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“DO NOT BE AFRAID… FOR I AM WITH YOU” (Acts 18:9)

⏰Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter (After Ascension – 06 May 2016) 📖Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; John 16:20-23a There was a time when multiple chariots of the Arameans came to arrest the prophet Elisha. His servant felt helpless at that sight. With the prayers of the prophet, the servant’s eyes were opened and he saw that chariots of fire that were protecting the prophet was greater than that of the Arameans (2 Kings 6:15-17). Remember what we reflected on yesterday. We noted that Christ’s ascension into heaven does not really mean a departure from us. In fact,...

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JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year B (10 May 2018) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Mark 16:15-20 May the grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Since the time Jesus began his earthly life, a lot of miracles, signs and wonders accompanied his actions. Now, he is prepared to return back to the Father from who he had come. His impending departure was very disheartening to his disciples. Hence, he decided to explain to them the meaning of his departure....

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LESSONS FROM ST PAUL AT THE COUNCIL OF AREOPAGUS (Acts 17:22-34)

⏰Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter (09 May 2018) 📖Acts 17:15, 22 – 18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14; John 16:12-15 There are a number of very important lessons that we can learn from St Paul’s meeting with the Council of Areopagus: We must appreciate and respect the values in the life of others as Paul did with the religion of the Greeks while condemning the bad in them (cf. Acts 17:22-25); God may be invisible but he is very much present and available to us (Acts 17:24, 27b); Conversion does not depend on the expertise of the preacher...

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“BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS, AND YOU WILL BE SAVED, YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD” (Acts 16:31)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter (08 May 2018) 📖Acts 16:22-34; Ps 13b:1ac-2a, 2bcd-3, 7c-8 (R.v.7c); John 16:5-11 Jesus had warned his discipled, ahead of time, that they were going to face persecution for the sake of their faith (John 16:1-4). But the Holy Spirit would be with them to teach and enlighten them as well as encourage them (John 16:7-15). More so, he would be with them always till the end of time (Matt 28:20). Paul and Silas got their own share of the persecution that Jesus warned them about and taught us an important lesson on how...