Category: Lent

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MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE JUST, BUT FROM THEM ALL, THE LORD DELIVERS HIM

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (14 March 2016) ?Dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.4abc); John 8:12-20 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ?”MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE JUST, BUT FROM THEM ALL, THE LORD DELIVERS HIM” (Ps 34:19) For the sake of information, the story of Susanna in the Book of Daniel (Dan 13) belongs to the set of the deuterocanonical books of the Bible. That explains why that story would not be found in many versions of the Bible.? Susanna was a very beautiful and Godfearing woman and the wife...

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REMEMBER NOT THE FORMER THINGS… I AM DOING A NEW THING

⏱Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year C) – Third Scrutiny  ?Isa 43:16-21; Psalm 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 ?“REMEMBER NOT THE FORMER THINGS… I AM DOING A NEW THING (Isa 43:18-19) Today, being the Fifth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the Third Scrutiny in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the candidates who are preparing for Baptism at Easter Vigil. In places where we have candidates for this, the Gospel is taken from John 11:1-45. So we pray to the Lord for them, that like Lazarus, they may receive the gift of new life...

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“TEACH ME YOUR WAY, O LORD, THAT I MAY WALK IN YOUR TRUTH” (Ps 86:11)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent (01 April 2017) ????Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12 (R.v.2a); John 7:40-53 Do you understand why we have been focused on the troubles of the just in the hands of evil men in recent days? It suits the time that we are in presently. The passion week (Holy Week) of Jesus is just some days off. And by now, the Jewish leaders were already planning on how best to deal with him. One of such plans is seen in the Gospel, John 7:40-53. This particular plan offers us an important lesson. Notice that...

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DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED

⏰Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent (16 March 2018) ????Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23 (R.v.19a); John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 “The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright: Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, Reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training…These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them, and they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls reward”...

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent (15 March 2018) ????Exod 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 (R.v.4a); John 5:31-47 Betrayals, envy, over-ambition, pride, selfishness…name them! They are endless! These are the ills that destroy our world today. We are so power conscious that we use others as foot mats and steps while aiming at greatness. Just imagine how beautiful this world would be when we all try to emulate the humility, selflessness and the intercessory role of Moses. God made him a promise that would have made him very successful but that is to the detriment of others. So he...

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THE LORD…WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (29 March 2017) Isa 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18 (R.v.8a); John 5:17-30 “THE LORD…WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED” (Isa 49:13) In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminded the people of Israel that God chose them from all the nations of the earth and gave them a place of pride as his very own people (cf. Deut 7:6-8). With such an assurance, it was difficult for them to understand why God would allow them to suffer the pains of oppression and separation in exile. I guess they would have joined Horace Duke’s book...

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JESUS, THE SOURCE OF LIVING WATER

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (13 March 2018) ????Ezek 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 (R.v.8); John 5:1-16 ????JESUS, THE SOURCE OF LIVING WATER How do you feel reading through Ezek 47:1-12? Do you see a strong connection between the Temple, from which flows the water that brings life, and Jesus who is the source of living water? (See John 4:14). He had made that strong connection himself when he told the Jews, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). So we can say that Jesus becomes the new Temple that...

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BE PART OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent (27 March 2017) Isa 65:17-21; Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b (R.v.2a); John 4:43-54 BE PART OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH My dear, the prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful message of hope this morning as we begin this new working week. He says that God is going to do something new in our lives (cf. Isa 65:17-21), A-M-E-N! May we see a manifestation of those good tidings in your life this week and beyond through Christ our Lord. Amen. The people of Israel came back from the...

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TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD

⏱FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) ?Josh 5:9a, 10-12; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.9a); 2 Cor 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 ?”TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD” (Ps 34:9)  My dear, since the beginning of Lent, we are continually being called to come back to the Lord with all our hearts. Those who received this call can be classified into two groups – the Saints in need of God’s Mercy and the Saints who had already gained that Mercy. These two categories of people are represented by the two children of the man in the Gospel of today.?➕? You...

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A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART O LORD YOU WILL NOT SPURN

⏰Saturday of the Third Week of Lent (10 March 2018) ????Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab (R. Hos 6:6); Luke 18:9-14 ????”A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART, O LORD, YOU WILL NOT SPURN” (Ps 51:17) What exactly does Jesus stand out to condemn in this Pharisee who went to pray in the Temple with the tax collector? (Luke 18:9-14). Is it now a crime to be righteous? Obviously the Pharisee went extra mile to keep the Law and even added more. He was not an example of the Pharisees who would give others the load that they could not carry themselves. So...