Category: Feasts and Solemnities

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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...

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WE TOO ARE MESSENGERS AND SERVANTS OF GOD

⏰Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels (29 Sept. 2017) ????Dan 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rev 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-2a, 2bcd-3, 4-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 9:9-13 My dear, every kingdom normally has its messengers and servants that attend to the needs of the king and his household, and run errands for him. That is the role that the angels and archangels play in the kingdom of God. Remember the purpose for which Jesus came, “To bring good news to the poor…proclaim liberty to captives and sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord’s year of mercy” (Luke 4:18-19)....

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LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) ????Ezra 9:5-9; Tob 13:1b-2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Luke 9:1-6 Do you want to be faithful to God? Then you definitely need to be very selfless. Think about God and others first, and be sure that God will never leave you empty handed. That is an important message that we must pick out from Luke 9:1-6, which is seen lived out by Ezra in Ezra 9:5-9, by carrying the burden of his people and intercepting for in humility. Jesus sent...

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“I AM WRITING THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO YOU SO THAT… YOU MAY KNOW HOW ONE OUGHT TO BEHAVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD” (1 Tim 3:14-15)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Comp) ????1 Tim 3:14-16; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:31-35 In 1 Tim 3:14-16, St. Paul instructs the leaders to remain attached to the fundamental truths of the history of salvation which were handed down to us. Obviously, some people, out of selfish interests, try to deviate from those fundamental truths (see Luke 7:31-35). Trying to fault them would definitely lead to persecution. Do you see how the Jews especially the Pharisees and the leaders were...

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“EACH TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS OWN FRUIT” (Luke 6:43)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian) ????1 Tim 1:15-17; Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 6:43-49 In a homily he once delivered at a Mass in his Santa Martha residence, Pope Francis said that a person who cannot forgive is not a Christian. Mercy is a fruit of Christianity, which is a vocation of love. We received this love first and must transmit it unadulterated to others. St. Paul reminds us in 1 Tim 1:15-17 that what we are is the object of God’s mercy....

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“SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE” (Col 3:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. John Chrysosto) ????Col 3:1-11; Ps 145:2-3, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.9a); Luke 6:20-26 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen. Being a Christian means being immersed into the identity of Christ in such a way that it is no longer the person who lives but Christ living in him (cf. Col 3:3-4; Gal 2:20-21). We must therefore aim to be where Christ is also. We cannot do that unless we...

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BE AWAKE, WAITING FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta) ????1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.13); Luke 4:31-37 I welcome you in the name of Christ to this beautiful new day, the day of the Lord. And I pray that it may bring joy and peace to you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen. Talking about the Day of the Lord, with a modern and Christian eye, we can picture it as the Christmas day. With an eschatological eye, we can look towards the end of...