Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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“… THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” (1 Kgs 8:11)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (5 February 2018 – Memorial of St. Agatha) ????1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Ps 132:6-7, 8-10 (R.v.8a); Mark 6:53-56 It is another beginning of a new working week. Just as the presence of the Ark of the Lord made the glory of the Lord to fill the house of the Lord, so shall God make a renewed entrance into your home so that his glory may remain ever fresh in your life. Amen. Jesus is the Ark personified. No longer is the glory of God confined to the Ark in the...

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TRUST GOD IN ALL THINGS, AT ALL TIMES

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (31 January 2018 – Memorial of St. JohnBosco) ????2 Sam 24:2, 9-17; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6-7 (R.v.5a); Mark 6:1-6 It is once again my feast day, the memorial of St JohnBosco. I request your prayers in a special way especially for an increase in faith. I need to possess that kind of faith that moves mountain which will enable me to believe God and obey him in all things without doubt (cf. Matt 17:20). Now, one might begin to wonder what was the big deal with the census which David...

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GOOD COLLABORATORS WITH CHRIST

⏰THE MEMORIAL OF SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS (26 January 2018) ????2 Tim 1:1-8 (or Tit 1:1-5); Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 (R.v.3); Luke 10:1-9 ????GOOD COLLABORATORS WITH CHRIST The Letter to the Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, who preached the word of God to you, and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.” This is one reason why we celebrate the saints in the Church. So as we celebrate today, St. Timothy and St. Titus who were both coworkers with the apostle Paul, we learn from their lives that we too can become good...

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THE CAPACITY AND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE

⏰THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL (25 January 2018) ????Acts 22:3-16; Ps 117:1, 2, (R. Mark 16:15); Mark 16:15-18 ????THE CAPACITY AND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit dwell with you (2 Cor 13:13) both now and forever, Amen. The celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, among other things, tells us that no matter how bad our past has been, we can begin anew. St. Paul was a zealous persecutor of the Christians before Jesus arrested him...

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“EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]…WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE” (Matt 19:29)

⏰Feast of St. Andrew (30 Nov 2017) ????Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 (R.v.5a); Matt 4:18-22 ????”EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]…WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE” (Matt 19:29) My dear, on this last day of the month of November, and just before we go into the last month of the secular calendar year, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Andrew, one of the very first apostles of Jesus. This feast tells us of the importance of depending totally on God in all things. The account of the call of the first four apostles, in the Gospel of Matthew, tells us something very...

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“THIS I DID FOR YOU! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME? (cf. Matt 25:40, 45)

⏰Last Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Solemnity of Christ the King ????Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23:1-2a, 2b-3, 5, 6 (R.v.1); 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46 Today, the Church celebrates in a special way, Christ, the Universal King. It is the last Sunday in the Ordinary Time of the Churchs Liturgical Year, pointing to the fact that Christ emerges victorious even to the very end. The Eucharistic procession round the streets and villages reminds us of Christ who, though being a King and equal to God, humbled himself to the level of a servant (Phil 2:5-8), going around towns...

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“MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER” (Luke 19:46)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 November 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions) ????1 Mac 4:36-37, 52-59; 1 Chron 29:10, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bc (R.v.13b); Luke 19:45-48 Is that your understanding of the house of God? Or are you among those who have converted the house of God into a phone charging point? ????????Or turned the house of God into a house for exchanging pleasantries, thus engineering noise instead of prayer? ????????Is the house of God now a place to buy and sell ‘miracles’ – where people now buy miraculous oil, miraculous salt, miraculous...

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“…SHE BORE IT WITH GOOD COURAGE BECAUSE OF HER HOPE IN THE LORD” (2 Macc 7:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????2 Macc 7:1, 20-31; Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8 and 15 (R.v.15b); Luke 19:11-28 The prophet Isaiah encouraged the exilic Israelites, who were downcast and already being seduced into accepting the Babylonian religion saying that, “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow tired” (Isa 40:31). Yesterday, from the Second Book of Maccabees, we read of the martyrdom of Eleazar and his...

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BE WARY OF SCANDAL

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (21 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????2 Macc 6:18-31; Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.6b); Luke 19:1-10 In his Motto for for his episcopate, my Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Michael Odogwu Elue prayed, “O God, do not allow those who seek you to be brought to dishonour because of me.” That is a very important prayer which every leader must be saying at all times. See what Jesus said in Matt 18:6, “If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me...

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IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU…

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of St. Martin of Tours) ????Rom 16:3-9, 16, 21-27; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11 (R.v.1); Luke 16:9-15 Imagine how boring this world would have been if you are the only one living in it. Adam didn’t find it funny (cf. Gen 2:20). There is this sociological saying that further buttresses the point, “Nobody is an island entirely of itself; everybody is a piece of a continent, a part of the main.” It is the same point made in African philosophy, “I am because we are.” It is...