Category: Lent

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CUT OFF FROM GOD, WE CAN DO NOTHING (cf. John 15:5)

⏰Thursday of the Second Week of Lent (16 March 2017) ????Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Matt 16:19-31 Does God lay curse on human being that he created? The simple answer is NO. Remember Ezek 33:11. So when Jeremiah proclaims a curse or blessing in his oracle from God, he is simply reiterating what Moses earlier said, “I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and calamity…love the Lord, your God…and you will live. But if your heart turns away…you must surely perish” (Deut 30:15-18). So the curse or blessing, as Jeremiah points...

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“MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE JUST BUT FROM THEM ALL THE LORD DELIVERS HIM” (Ps 34:19)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent (15 March 2017) ????Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15, 16 (R.v.17b); Matt 20:17-28 Have you been making great effort to remain faithful to God but things seem to be going from bad to worse? Have you ever been persecuted or going through persecution just because you chose the path of righteousness? Do not try to go back from doing good. It was not easy for our ancestors in faith. Even Jesus himself suffered for the course of righteousness. Imagine! Jerusalem which is the city of Zion, became a terror zone for Jesus, and...

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BE THE CHANGE YOU DESIRE TO SEE IN OTHERS

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent (14 March 2017) ????Isa 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Matt 23:1-12 Many of us have multiple solutions to the problems of Nigerian and of our world. We are not oblivious of the fact that corruption plays a major role in enhancing these problems. Everyone in fact condemns it; Preachers spent so much time in churches, social media and streets condemning this menace and others like it. Yet, very little fraction see the need to shun corruption and evil. That is what Jesus condemned in the Pharisees today (Matt 23:1-12)....

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“THE MEASURE YOU GIVE WILL BE THE MEASURE YOU GET BACK” (Luke 6:38)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Lent (13 March 2017) ????Dan 9:4b-10; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13 (R. see Ps 103:10a); Luke 6:36-38 My dear, at the beginning of this new working week I pray for God’s mercy upon you. And as you make effort to follow him faithfully, may you march on from strength to strength so that the glory of God may be made manifest in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen. As you go about your business this week, remember that you live in community with others and have it as an obligation to help them...

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CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN IN FAITH WITH JESUS

Second Sunday of Lent (Year A) Gen 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); 2 Tim 1:8b-10; Matt 17:1-9 In Lent, we embark on a journey back to God our Father. Jesus’ coming is to aid us on that journey. We may not be sure of the way nor what we are to encounter but with Jesus as our guide, safety and comfort are assured. Therefore, we are invited today to trust Jesus and follow him faithfully up to the mountain. Indeed, no one can embark on a journey back to God faithfully unless he truly believes in him....

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“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD” (Ps 119:1)

⏰Saturday of the First Week of Lent (11 March 2017) ????Deut 26:16-19; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 (R.v.1b); Matt 5:43-48 In Deut 26:16-19, God emphasized what was already noted in Deut 7:6-8. That is the fact that he chose the people of Israel from the face of the earth to be his own possession. What was added now is that we need to work hard to remain united with him. Being united with God promises good tidings from him. Consider the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). When the son was away from his father’s house, he suffered untold hardship...

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BE VIRTUOUS AND LIVE

⏰Friday of the First Week of Lent (10 March 2017) ????Ezek 18:18-21; Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8 (R.v.3); Matt 5:20-26 Sometime last week (on Thursday), we talked about the two ways – one which leads to life, and another that leads to death – and we were encouraged to choose the way that leads to life so that we may live (cf. Deut 30:15-20). Today, the prophet Ezekiel makes us to understand that God really want us to embrace virtue that we may live (Ezek 18:21-28). It is his will that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10). Also,...

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FROM ALL THEIR DISTRESS GOD RESCUES THE JUST (cf. Ps 34:18)

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent (07 March 2017) Readings: Isa 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.18b); Matt 6:7-15 The prophet Isaiah tells us that God is always faithful to his words (Isa 55:10-11). So when he said that he would save the just from all distress, we believe too that it shall come to pass. But who are the just? The Jews understood being just to mean keeping all the Laws as given by Moses. Yesterday, we talked of love as the perfection of the Law. Anyone who loves perfectly keeps the Law. Hence, we can say...

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“BE GONE SATAN!” (Matt 4:10)

First Sunday of Lent (Year A) Gen 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.3a); Rom 5:12-19; Matt 4:1-11 No one is above temptation. If Satan summoned the courage to tempt Jesus, who is God, there is nobody who can avoid his pranks. With that in mind, the liturgy of this First Sunday of Lent presents the temptation of Jesus as a warning and guide to us. Compare that temptation of Jesus in the Gospel and that of Eve in the First Reading. While Eve was busy in dialogue with Satan, Jesus resisted him with the word of...

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GET READY FOR JESUS’ ARRIVAL FOR THE PARTY; HIS VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY

⏰Holy Saturday (31 March 2018)   Great silence has befallen the earth. Hope you can feel it in your area. Do you understand what it means? There seems to be a setback in the mission of Jesus. He had just been buried a few hours ago. The devil is now very happy thinking that he is victorious. Little does he know that Jesus can never be conquered. Even in death, he went down to minister to the souls that have been waiting for redemption from him (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 633-635; 1Pet 4:6). So the devil is...