Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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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...

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USE WHAT YOU HAVE TO WIN YOUR SALVATION

⏰Friday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 Nov 2017 – Memorial of Pope St. Leo the Great) ????Rom 15:14-21; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2b); Luke 16:1-8 Yes! I mean that very thing you have as a gift from God – your wealth, wisdom, strength, speech, time, even your phone… Yes, I mean your phone. Great opportunities abound for us to work out our salvation from, but how many of us take notice. Let me talk about your phone, for instance. I believe that is what you are using to read this message; you use it to operate...

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“THE LORD WILL NOT ABANDON HIS PEOPLE” (Ps 94:14)

⏰Saturday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 November 2017 – Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo) ????Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Ps 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18 (R.v.14a); Luke 14:1, 7-11 This is the end of the week. On this day, I pray for you that God may also bring to an end, all your difficulties, failures, sorrows, and everything that draws you back. May he end your tears and put smiles back to your face. Amen. Don’t allow the evil plant a seed of depression in you, in case you have a target you are not able to meet yet...