Category: Ordinary Time

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“…WHOEVER WOULD BE GREAT AMONG YOU MUST BE YOUR SERVANT” (Mark 10:43)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 May 2018) 📖1 Pet 1:18-25; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Mark 10:32-45 Jesus had just informed his disciples that he was going to Jerusalem to suffer in the hands of the Jews (cf. Mark 10:33-34) but they were obviously not listening. They were rather more interested in what they shall gain from following him (cf. Mark 10:28) and in positions of authority and prestige (cf. Mark 10:35, 41). That is not different from what happens in our country’s leadership today. Our understanding of leadership is having others worship us and...

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“SET YOUR HOPE FULLY UPON THE GRACE THAT IS COMING TO YOU” (1 Pet 1:13)

⏰Tuesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (29 May 2018) 📖1 Pet 1:10-16; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2a); Mark 10:28-31 Today is said to be Democracy Day in Nigeria. Democracy is defined as the government of the people, by the people and for the people. In a democratic state, the good of the people is paramount but in the case of Nigeria now, it seems that the good of animals is more important to our leaders. How else can we explain the daily destruction of human lives by herdsmen in our country? Today, we cry out with St....

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“AS THE OUTCOME OF YOUR FAITH, YOU OBTAIN THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS” (1 Pet 1:9)

⏰Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 May 2018) 📖1 Pet 1:3-9; Ps 111:1b-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c(R.v.5b); Mark 10:17-27 My dear, at the beginning of this new working week, we begin our reflection on the First Letter of St. Peter, which was written to encourage the Christians who were passing through challenges and persecution. May it also give you consolation and hope as we go on with it. Amen. The portion that we read today tells us that our steadfastness in faith disposes to great joy and opens the door of salvation to us. May that...

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“IS ANY AMONG YOU SICK? LET HIM CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH…” (Jam 5:14)

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 May 2018) 📖Jam 5:13-20; Ps 141:1-2, 3 and 8 (R.v.2a); Mark 10:13-16 Some time ago, one of my friends who was fighting to reject the Catholic teachings on the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints, pushed it to what I may call an “irreligious” end when he even rejected the fact that another person can pray for him. Well, St. James describes three levels of intercession in Jam 5:13-20 👉Personal intercession 👉Intercession by the priest, and; 👉Intercession by the community. The Catholic Church has a Sacrament which...

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“WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10)

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 May 2018) 📖Jam 5:9-12; Ps 108:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Mark 10:1-12 My dear, God has made us for himself, and he continues to take care of us in all situations. Sometimes, difficulties and distractions can come our way and affect us badly to an extent that we begin to question if God is still on the throne. The presence of Jesus among us is everlasting; he said so himself (cf. Matt 28:20). Hence, St. James reminds us today that no matter what challenges we face in our profession of...

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“IF YOUR HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, CUT IT OFF” (Mark 9:43)

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 May 2018) 📖Jam 5:1-6; Ps 49:12-15, 15d-16, 17-18, 19-20 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:41-50 The Greek term ‘skandalon’ is used to describe an obstacle that hinders progress. Our action or inaction can become an obstacle to others. For instance, if I do anything, it doesn’t matter if it is right or wrong, and people get affected by it, maybe to the extent that they stopped coming to Church, I have become a stumbling block for them. Again, this is a time for introspection. Is there anything I do that scandalizes...

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“WHOEVER KNOWS WHAT IS RIGHT TO DO AND FAILS TO DO IT, FOR HIM IT IS A SIN” (cf. Jam 4:17)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-7, 8-10, 11 (R. Matt 5:3); Mark 9:38-40 Have you ever heard of the natural law? Yeah! Even Philosophy believes in the existence of this law in each person. It is in you, and it tries always to talk to you whenever you want to do anything. It tells you what is good or bad. It is well articulated in your conscience. So, if you listen to the promptings of a good and informed conscience, you shall be led aright by the natural law....

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“… FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD”

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 May 2018) 📖Jam 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11, 23 (R.v.23ab); Mark 9:30-37 Some people had often opined that the reason the disciples of Jesus were unable to heal the deaf and mute child was because they were jostling among themselves over who would heal the child and take the glory. This is just an insinuation but we have to take it seriously for our purpose today. Why? It is not by accident that Jesus reminded them that prayer and fasting (i.e. total dependence on God) are the supplements they needed...

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FOCUS ON GOD NO MATTER THE TRIAL

⏰Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time II (12 Feb 2017) ????Jam 1:1-11; Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76 (R.v.77); Mark 8:11-13 It is a new working week. I pray that God may visit you with renewed strength to do all you can this week to follow him faithfully and do your work with the good of others in mind. May you spend the end of this week recounting in testimonies, the multiple blessings of God. Amen. I often wonder what Jesus would call our generation now if he called his own generation a wicked one simply because...

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JESUS SHOWS COMPASSION TO SINNERS

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Lev 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 (R.v.7); 1 Cor 10:31 1:1; Mark 1:40-45 Following the Churchs Liturgical Calendar, the Forty Days of Lent begin with Ash Wednesday in this week. During the period, the voice of the Prophet Joel would ring out once more, “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping and with mourning; and tear your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord for he is gracious and merciful.” Providentially, today, being the last Sunday before the Lent begins, the...