Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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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...

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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...