Category: Second Week

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GOD IS MERCY AND COMPASSION

⏰Saturday of the Second Week of Lent (03 March 2018) ????Mic 37:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Matt 15:1-3, 11-32 The prayer of the prophet Micah in Mic 7:14-20 reminds us of the great and limitless mercy of God upon his children. He is ever ready to forgive the sins of his children, as he was in the beginning, so he is now, and ever will be. Amen. Anytime I read the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, I keep pondering on how extravagant this God could also be in showing this mercy. One attitude of...

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YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Lent (02 March 2018) ????Gen 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28; Ps 105:15-17, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.5a); Matt 21:33-43, 45-46 My dear, Joseph was a simple young man who was blessed by God with an extraordinary gift of dreams. For this singular reason of God’s blessings on him, his brothers became so jealous and sought to eliminate him. But their evil plan rather made it quicker for Joseph to get down to Egypt, his land of glory (Gen 37:28) free of charge. Never worry when the evil ones seem to manipulate your God-given destiny; they can never succeed...

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ONE WITH GOD IS MAJORITY

⏰Second Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Gen 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116:10 and 15, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.9); Rom 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 The faithfulness of God to those who put their trust in him cannot be put to question. That is one point that St. Paul makes in the Second Reading. If he would not spare his only Son but gave him up to save us, what could he not do for us? See a connection between that and what Abraham did in the First Reading. It portrays the highest form of loyalty. Therefore, we must make effort to see...

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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...