Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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SACRED HEART OF LOVE

⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Year B (08 June 2018) 📖Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.3); Eph 3:8-12, 14-19; John 19:31-37 In the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate love. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of love. Jesus is God and God is love (1 John 4:16). It then means that Jesus is love. In his apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, Jesus said, poirt which has so loved men that it has spared nothing to testify its love for them, even to the exhausting and consuming of itself for...

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“THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE [NEW AND ETERNAL] COVENANT, WHICH IS POURED OUT FOR MANY” (Mark 14:24)

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year B) Exod 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18 (R.v.13); Heb 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 The celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in a very special way, invites us to reflect on the rich deposit of our faith which informs our celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Beyond that however, it affords us of the opportunity to reflect well on what we believe in so as to ensure that we are not dancing outside the beat. At this celebration last year, we were...

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I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, TO THE CLOSE OF THE AGE (Matt 28:20)

⏰SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY 📕Deut 4:32-34, 30-40; Ps 33:4-5, 6 and 9, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v12b); Rom 8:14-17; Matt 28:16-20 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen (2Cor 13:14). The theology of the Holy Trinity remains a mystery which is beyond full human understandithree persons in one God spreads through the entire scriptures but it is more obvious in the New Testament. The first instance is at creation right at the beginning of the book of Genesis. God is mentioned as...

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“WOMAN, BEHOLD YOUR SON…BEHOLD, YOUR MOTHER!”

⏰MEMORIAL OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH (21 May 2018) 📕Gen 3:9-15, 20; Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7; John 19:25-34 We thank the good Lord for the opportunity and the strength he continues to give us to reflect on his word. As he has assured us of gaining life in his word, may he accompany us with his life-giving spirit throughout this new working week and even beyond. May the work of our hands bear great fruit in abundance through Christ our Lord. Amen. Yesterday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Pentecost, marked with the outpouring...

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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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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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“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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PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY!

⏰FEAST OF OUR LADY, MOTHER OF AFRICA (30 April 2018) 📖Acts 1:12-14; Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55 (R.v.49); John 2:1-11 My dear, today is the first working day of the week and the last day in the Month of April. I wouldn’t know how you fared in this outgoing month. Hope you achieved your goals. As the month ends, I pray that it may put a stop to your disappointments and that in the incoming months, blessings and breakthroughs shall be your lot through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Church in Africa, today celebrates the Feast of our Lady,...

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“THEY ATE, AND WERE SATISFIED” (Mark 8:8)

⏰Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (10 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Scholastica) ????1 Kgs 12:26-32, 13:33-34; Ps 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.4a); Mark 8:1-10 Have you ever paused to reflect on what is the authentic source of satisfaction and security in man? On a daily basis, we struggle to gain those two in our lives. With a deep reflection, one can see that satisfaction and security come more from what we help others to have than what we acquire for ourselves. In other words, generosity and selflessness works better on our behalf than greed and...

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BUILD UP A HOME FOR THE LORD IN YOUR HEART

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (6 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Paul Miki and his Companions) ????1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Ps 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11 (R.v.2); Mark 7:1-13 Do you remember what happened, as we read yesterday, when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the temple? The glory of the Lord filled the temple, indicating the presence of God in the temple (cf. 1 Kgs 8:11-13). Note that the content of that Ark was the two tablets of stone which Moses placed in it at Horeb (cf. 1 Kgs 8:9;...