Category: Easter Season

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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...

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YOU TOO ARE IMPORTANT BEFORE GOD

⏰Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter (07 May 2018) 📖Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); John 15:26 – 16:4a At the beginning of this new working week, my dear, we are reminded that God can choose just anyone or anything to do his work, even ordinary or unusual people or things. That tells us that before God, there is no favouritism. Otherwise, salvation would have remained simply for the Jews without considering the gentiles and, by extension, you and me. And may God use you in a great way this week and beyond so that you...

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LOVE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

⏰SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2); 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 We shall never get tired of pointing out that Christianity is a vocation of love. Without love, we cannot be said to be Christians. God created man out of love and came to redeem him due to that love. He then commands us to love one another as loved us (cf. John 13:34). This is the last Sunday before the Ascension of the Lord. There are two very important things that we must have to get from todays liturgy. The...

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“PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU” (John 14:27)

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (1 May 2018 – Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker) 📖Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21 (R.v.12a); John 14:27-31a Today is a day of many beginnings and celebrations. It is the first day of the month and in the Church, this is one of the two months of special devotion to our Mother Mary, our great intercessor. It is also the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker and the Workers Day. Over the time, our workers are not well treated all over the world. Considered from the Nigerian perspective, one could view the...

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HE IS THE VINE, WE ARE THE BRANCHES (cf. John 15:5)

⏰FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 9:26-31; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.26b); 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Last Sunday, we reflected on Jesus the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Today, we reflect of Jesus, the vine that gives life and provides strength to his disciples, the branches. Without the vine, the branches are nothing. After all these lessons that show us how much God loves and cares for us, next Sunday, which would be the last Sunday before the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, Jesus would now send forth his disciples to...