Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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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...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP” (John 10:11)

Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (03 Nov 2017- Memorial of St. Martin de Poress) My dear, Jesus is the good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. He goes on working among us with the Father (cf. John 5:17). He does not need to take permission from anybody in order to carry on this work in us, and nobody or law can stop him (see Luke 14:1-6). Do you know what? Not even death could stop him from saving us. No angel of death and peril would stop him from saving you. Amen And...

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WE TOO CAN BE SAINTS

⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS 📕Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6a); 1 John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12a Today, the Holy Mother, the Church celebrates Solemnity of All Saints. In this celebration, a union of the Church Militant (Church on earth) and the Church Triumphant (Church in Heaven) is celebrated. This is, practically showing what we declare in the Creed when we profess our faith in the communion of the Saints. All is geared towards an appreciation of Gods invitation to us to a life of holiness and his generous gift his grace that would help us to live that...

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“REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” (Luke 10:20)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 Oct. 2016 – Memorial of Our Lady of Rosary) ????Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Ps 69:33-35, 36-37 (R.v.34a); Luke 10:17-24 There are many reasons people go to Church. Some are there to make up the crowd while some come to seek miracles because of troubles. Once they get the desired miracle, they are off again. For such people, God becomes a part-time friend who is visited only when the need arises. What is your own goal in this Christian journey? Where are you heading to? Are you working to get your name...

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LET US FOLLOW JESUS FAITHFULLY

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi) ????Neh 2:1-8; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6ab); Luke 9:57-62 Have you ever nursed the desire to follow Jesus or even promised him that you would follow him, but find yourself lagging behind? Don’t worry. There is only one thing you need to do now. Tell Jesus himself to help you follow him. You can never do it it well on your own. He is the one who calls, as well as the sustainer of the call and the defender of...

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“LET US GO WITH YOU, FOR WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD IS WITH YOU” (Zech 8:23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) ????Zech 8:20-23; Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:51-56. Today, the Church in Nigeria celebrates the Memorial of St Thérese of the Child Jesus. The universal Church celebrates this on October 1st but, because of our Independence Day celebration, when we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, the Church in Nigeria got the permission to move this celebration. This celebration has an interesting message for us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”...

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“ANGELS ON GUARD! KEEP OFF!”

⏰Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (02 October 2017) ????Exod 23:20-23; Ps 91:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11 (R.v.11); Matt 18:1-5, 10 Have you seen the above inscriptions before? Do you think that it is coined by over-religious people? Better have a rethink because there are indeed angels around you who keep watch over you to protect you. They are called the guardian angels. The term ‘angel’ comes from the Greek word, ‘angelos,’ which is a translation of the Hebrew word, “mal’ak” meaning “messengers.” So in the real sense, they are messengers of God who serve God’s purpose. In this light, they...

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“THERE SHALL COME FORTH A SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE, AND A BRANCH SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS” (Isa 11:1)

⏰Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria (01 October 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Eph 2:13-22; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 Happy Independence Day Nigeria! Again, many people might want to ask me, “What are we celebrating?” In the face of the recent happenings in the country, with the great tension and threats in the air, what is there to celebrate? And I will answer, “Hope!” A lot of people have lost hope in the country really and there are calls for secession here and there. A lot of lives have been lost and there are threats for...

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YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Jerome) ????Zech 2:1-5, 10-11a; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:43b-45 Are you in any way suffering because of what you lost? Are you already getting discouraged and saying that you cannot rise again? Have people suggested to you that your case is hopeless? Listen! You are not alone in that. Your brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing (1 Pet 5:9). The Israelites faced the same kind of discouragement when they came back to their land and met it a...