Category: Easter Season

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JESUS, THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE

⌚Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A) ????Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 (R.v.22); 1Pet 2:4-9; John 14:1-12 As the end of his earthly life continued to draw nearer, Jesus continued his teachings to his disciples which were geared towards consolidating their faith and strengthening their will to remain with God. In the second major division of the Gospel of St. John, which is also referred to as the Book of Glory, he teaches his apostles the reality of life without him physically with them, thus preparing them for the time they will not see him. In the first division, the...

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“DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU” (John 2:5)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (13 May 2017 – Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima) ????Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 14:7-14 Today is a very important day in the life of the Church. Today is exactly the centenary anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the 3 shepherd kids at Fatima. To mark this celebration, the Pope shall canonise two of those kids – Jacinta and Francisco today. The message of our Lady to the kids had been summarised into three – repentance, prayer and penance. She preached the conversion of the...

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“LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED” (John 14:1)

⏰Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter (12 May 2017) ????Acts 13:26-33; Ps 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-12a (R.v.7bc); John 14:1-6 In two days to come, precisely on Sunday, we shall have the privilege of hearing Jesus say that to us once more. He goes on to reassure us that once we place ourselves in him, we can be rest assured that all would be fine again. He tells us, “Let your hearts not be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). Indeed, St. Paul tells us in 2 Cor 5:17 that, “anyone who is in Christ is a...

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“I WILL SING FOREVER OF YOUR MERCIES, O LORD” (Ps 89:2)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (11 May 2017) ????Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20 Even if the only thing you can say about God is about his love and mercy, you can be sure that you know all about him, after all, his name is love (cf. 1 John 4:16). That knowledge helped Paul and Barnabas a lot to kick-start their mission in a foreign land that they had been sent to. In order to prove his point on everlasting love of God, Paul reminded them of how faithful God had been to...

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“AS THE FATHER SENT ME, SO AM I SENDING YOU” (John 20:21)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (10 May 2017) ????Acts 12:24 – 13:5a; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.4); John 12:44-50 My dear, in the Gospel, Jesus reiterates the kind of relationship that exists among him, his mission and the Father who sent him. It is such an unbreakable union, and that is because Jesus has the authority of the Father and also understands the mission he is given. He would not depart from that mission because he has not come for any selfish interest. As disciples of Jesus, everyone of us has a mission he has been...

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CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1Pet 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1Sam 17:34-36). See how this attitude reflects the action of the shepherd in the parable...

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“LORD JESUS, RECEIVE MY SPIRIT” (Acts 7:59)

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter (02 May 2017 – Memorial of St. Athanasius) ????Acts 7:51 – 8:1a; Ps 31:3bc-4, 6 and 7b-8a, 17 and 21ab (R.v.6a); John 6:30-35 Can you be brave enough to also make that last option for God? Remember always that heaven is our goal. All our struggles and way of life must be directed toward helping us to achieve that goal. Otherwise, we shall be running off the track. When Stephen was about to die, he cried out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). That kind of declaration can only be made by...

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“DO NOT LABOUR FOR THE FOOD WHICH PERISHES, BUT FOR THE FOOD WHICH ENDURES TO ETERNAL LIFE” (John 6:27)

⏰Monday of the Third Week of Easter (1 May 2017 – Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker) ????Acts 6:8-15; Ps 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30 (R.v.1b); John 6:22-29???? Today is a day of many beginnings and celebrations. It is the first day of the week and the month and in the Church, this is one of the two months of special devotion to our Mother Mary, our grorial 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 situation as one...

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THE HOLY EUCHARIST: SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF CHRISTIAN LIFE

⌚Third Sunday of Easter Year A (30 April 2017) ????Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.11a); 1Pet 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35 Do you really want to understand why the Church has the Liturgy of the Word before the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist? Read the story of the journey to Emmaus that we have in todays Gospel (Luke 24:13-35). As the disciples journeyed towards Emmaus, bothered about the recent happenings of Jesus death and reported resurrection, Jesus himself prepares them well to receive him again at the breaking of the Bread by first breaking the Word for...

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OUR MIRACLE IS AROUND YOU! (On the Theology of our Contribution)

YOUR MIRACLE IS AROUND YOU! (On the Theology of our Contribution) Dear friend, what miracle are you waiting for? Are you able to read this message? Then, you must know that your miracle is already with you; stop looking for it in far away places. You see! You need to redefine your idea of a miracle before you can begin to appreciate better the place of Jesus in your life. A friend of mine drew my attention to his opinion on my reflection this morning on The Theology of our Contribution. He was worried that the path we threaded in...