Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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“HAIL, FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH YOU” (Luke 1:28)

⏰The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8 December 2017) ????Gen 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-2, 3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.1ab); Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26b-38 ????”HAIL, FULL OF GRACE, THE LORD IS WITH YOU” (Luke 1:28) You are surely not unfamiliar with the above quote. That is part of the wordings we use when we pray the Rosary. It was the greeting of the angel to Mary. Whenever we use those words, we recall the victory over Satan. Many people are easily put off when we begin to talk about the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most...

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LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Andrew Dûng-Lac and Companions) ????Rev 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. Rev 19:9a); Luke 21:20-28 ????LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN What comes to your mind when you think of Babylon? For the Israelites, it was a place of exile, alienation from their fatherland, backwardness, oppression, slavery, etc. Babylon offered them nothing but pains. Remember that the book of Revelation uses coded language in talking so that only the people it is addressing would understand. So, at the time the Christians...

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BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME!

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????Rev 14:14-19; Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13 (R.v.13b); Luke 21:5-11 ????BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME! What is your understanding of the eschatological discourses of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 21? Many understood that to mean that there is still plenty of time, but that is not so. Remember that these Gospels were written down at the time the early Christians were still building up and were facing many temptations. There were sufferings everywhere and people were rising to give interpretations of these...

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“WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 Nov 2016 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????Rev 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 21:1-4 ????”WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23) A misreading of Rev 14 has always created confusion for people. It talks about a vision of 144,000 who are marked with the seal of the Lamb, and who alone were capable of hearing the voice of the Lamb. So some people now assume that heaven must have been filled up. Hmmmmm! Remember that Jesus said, “My sheep hears my...

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“WHEN I AM LIFTED FROM THE EARTH, I SHALL DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO MYSELF” (John 12:32)

⏰Last Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ????2 Sam 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2, 4-5 (R.v.1); Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 ????“WHEN I AM LIFTED FROM THE EARTH, I SHALL DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO MYSELF” (John 12:32) Today is very unique in the life of the Church. This is because of the tripartite nature of the liturgical celebration. ????????Firstly, it is the last Sunday in the Churchs Liturgical Year and it bears the mark of the unmerited promise of paradise to anyone who repents and comes back to Christ. ????????Secondly, it...

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“OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary) ????Rev 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-3, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R. Rev 5:10); Luke 19:41-44 ????”OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8) Do you understand what the psalmist meant when he says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man who cannot save” (Ps 146:3)? If you are yet to understand that, ask an average Nigerian to define the term, “Politician” to you. You might get answers that will shock you. That is because of the activities...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Josaphat) ????3 John 5-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Luke 18:1-8 ????”BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b) St. Josaphat, whose Memorial we celebrate today is a model of what it means to have fear of God in us. He was a leader of the Orthodox Catholics but saw the division in the Church as being against the will of God. He returned to the Church and worked for the unity of the Church until he laid down his life for it.????...

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“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD” (cf. 119:1b)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Martin of Tours) ????2 John 4-9; Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18 (R.v.1b); Luke 17:26-37 ????”BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD” (cf. 119:1b) As we gradually draw closer to the end of the liturgical year, the readings of this period keep taking our minds back to the time of the ultimate end of all things. The Gospel calls us to fix our mind on this reality so that whenever it happens, it shall not be an accident to...

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JESUS HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU AND FOR ME

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Leo the Great) ????Phlm 7-20; Ps 146:6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 (R.v.5a); Luke 17:20-25 ????JESUS HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU AND FOR ME Wait a minute! Did you give Donald Trump a chance to win? I still can’t believe it myself. And I tell you this! Forget about public opinion on you and people’s condemnation of your faith, and hold on sincerely to Christ. Your victory shall also be a surprise to those who mock you. Amen.???????? Now, strictly speaking, we are all slaves of...

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WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD (1Cor 3:16)

⏰Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica ????Ezek 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 (R.v.5); 1Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 ????WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD (1Cor 3:16) The Lateran Basilica is the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) and is considered as the Mother of all churches. The church was built around the time Emperor Constantine gave religious freedom to all within his empire. That religious freedom could be likened to the victory which Judas Maccabeus and his brothers gained over the Graeco-Syrian oppression of the Jews that led to the desecration of the temple....