Category: Easter Season

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“BLESSED ARE ALL WHO TRUST IN YOU, O LORD” (Ps 2:12)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Easter (24 April 2017) ????Acts 4:23-31; Ps 2:1-3, 4-6, 7-9 (R.v.12d); John 3:1-8 What do you do when faced with great difficulty in your business, place of work or even faced with great opposition from people who are merely jealous of your progress? Learn from the disciples in Acts 4:23-31. In such situations, they talked to God in prayer and were strengthened by God. So do not joke with your prayers this week because the enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion seeking to devour you (1Pet 5:7). It is only...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A (DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY) ????Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15ab, 22-24 (R.v.1); 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today bring out the role of faith in the life of every Christian. The First Reading and the Gospel point out the influence of the Christian community in harnessing that faith. In the First Reading, the early Christian community lived a common life that helped them to grow in this faith. Four things characterized their community spirit: They devoted themselves to (a) the teaching of the Apostles Magisterium (b)...

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THE MIRACLE OF THE EMPTY TOMB!

My dear, I can’t tell what you are going through at the moment. It is possible that your condition at the moment or the condition of someone who is close to you is darker than the darkness of this night! Yet, there is a counter situation that gives us hope – the empty tomb! Yes! The tomb is empty! Christ is risen! Death could not hold him captive! And because we share in his death, we are equally going to share his victory over death. He knows beforehand that things are not going to be rosy for you; in fact,...

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“RISE AND GO… AND HE ROSE AND WENT” (Acts 8:26-27)

⏰Thursday of the Third Week of Easter (04 May 2017) ????Acts 8:26-40; Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20 (R.v.1); John 6:44-51 ????”RISE AND GO… AND HE ROSE AND WENT” (Acts 8:26-27) My dear, by virtue of our baptism, we are made co-redeemers with Christ. In the concluding part of the Stations of the Cross, he addresses us, “My job as man is done. What is left is you…” How well have we been doing that which is left for us? In John 6:44-51, Jesus presents himself as the only channel to eternal life. Many people do not still understand this just as...

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MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICEAND THEY FOLLOW ME (John 10:27)

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (23 April 2018) 📕Acts 11:19-26; Ps 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R. Ps 117:1a); John 10:22-30 The conflict of opposites is a major characteristic of the Gospel of St. John. This conflict mostly depicts the conflict between believers and non-believers. One might be wondering why the Jews always fail to comprehend Jesus’ teachings. He had just presented himself as the good shepherd but they still came up with the question, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly” (John 10:24). It shows, firstly that they were not...

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“IF THEN GOD GAVE THE SAME GIFT TO THEM AS HE GAVE TO US… WHO WAS I THAT I COULD WITHSTAND GOD?” (Acts 11:17)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter (08 May 2017) ????Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3, 4,(R. Mark 42:3ab); John 10:11-18 ????”IF THEN GOD GAVE THE SAME GIFT TO THEM AS HE GAVE TO US… WHO WAS I THAT I COULD WITHSTAND GOD?” (Acts 11:17) As we enter yet another working week and continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth, Jesus reminds us what he told us yesterday, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11). This good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep that they may have life in abundance (John 10:10). Even if you have not been...

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“MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE… THEY FOLLOW ME; AND I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE” (John 10:27-28)

⏱Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C) ?Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5 (R.v.3c); Rev 7:9, 14b-17; John 20:27-30 ✍?”MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE… THEY FOLLOW ME; AND I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE” (John 10:27-28) 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...

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“LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? YOU HAVE THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE” (John 6:68)

⏰Saturday of the Third Week of Easter (21 April 2018) 📕Acts 931-42; Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.12); John 6:60-69 Believing in Christ and following him is not an easy venture. It calls for selflessness and absolute trust in God. The Christian truths are not based on what one wants to hear. Hence, anyone who wants to follow Christ must deny himself, carry his cross and follow him (cf. Matt 16:24). That demand for self emptying is not an easy one but one can accept it as St. Paul did for the surpassing value of knowing Christ (cf. Phil 3:8). Unless...

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“A LIGHT FROM HEAVEN FLASHED ABOUT HIM” (Acts 9:3)

⏰Friday of the Third Week of Easter (20 April 2018) 📕Acts 9:1-20; Ps 117:1, 2, (R. Mark 16:15); John 6:52-59 My dear, in John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world.” The evangelist had earlier informed us that this Light shines in darkness and darkness cannot withstand it (cf. John 1:5). In Matt 4:14-16, this Light brings freedom to those in darkness. All these are represented in the experience of St. Paul at his conversion. St. Paul was a zealous persecutor of the Christians before the great Light shone on him on his way to Damascus. One...

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“RISE AND GO… AND HE ROSE AND WENT” (Acts 8:26-27)

⏰Thursday of the Third Week of Easter (14 April 2016) ?Acts 8:26-40; Ps 66:8-9, 16-17, 20 (R.v.1); John 6:44-51 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ?”RISE AND GO… AND HE ROSE AND WENT” (Acts 8:26-27) My dear, by virtue of our baptism, we are made co-redeemers with Christ. In the concluding part of the Stations of the Cross, he addresses us, “My job as man is done. What is left is you…” How well have we been doing that which is left for us?? In John 6:44-51, Jesus presents himself as the only channel to eternal life. Many people...