Category: Easter Season

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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...

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

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Easter (29 April 2019) 📖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...