Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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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;...

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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...