Category: Lent

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CHRIST: THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE

⏰Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A (2 April 2017) ????Ezek 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8 (R.v.7b); Rom 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 The three readings that we have in our liturgy of today center on the life which God gives to all people. While the First and the Second Readings reflect the promise of that life, the Gospel presents Jesus as that promised Life. The First Reading falls within the division of the book of the Prophet Ezekiel that deals with the restoration of Israel. Before the three verses that form our First Reading today, the Prophet had seen a vision...

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CHRIST IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A (26 March 2017) 1Sam 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-42 “The people who lived in darkness have seen great light; on those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, a light has shone” (Isa 9:2; Matt 4:6). The evangelist Matthew connected the above prophecy of Isaiah with the person of Jesus, when Jesus visited the territory of Zebulum and Naphtali. In the Gospel of John, Jesus would make that association himself when he declares, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). What...

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TEACH AND PRACTICE THE LAW OF GOD

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent (22 March 2017) ????Deut 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 5:17-19 While we celebrate the mercy of God at this period of Lent, let us not forget that he is equally a God of Justice. It is important that we do not take his laws for granted. It is equally our responsibility to make sure others learn about the laws and practice them. Just before the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, Moses called them together to remind them of the importance of keeping the statutes and ordinances of God...

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JESUS: THE LIVING WATER

Third Sunday of Lent Year A(19 March 2017) Exod 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 Gods love for us is an unconditional love. He does not consider our status or our righteousness before visiting us. In fact, it would seem that it is when we are more into sin that he visits us the more. That is a confirmation of what Jesus said in his mission statement, I did not come to call the righteous but sinners (Matt 9:13) though that should not be misconceived as a licence to dwell in sin. This fact...

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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...