Category: Ordinary Time

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GOD DOES NOT CHANGE

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 October 2018) 📖Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14ab (R.v.24b); Luke 10:13-16 May the grace and peace of Christ dwell with you always. Amen. I do not know what you are going through in life; you might be facing difficulties as much as the biblical Job did face, but know that God is always with you (cf. Matt 28:20). In the midst of all his afflictions, Job’s friends tried to fill his mind with a wrong idea of the person of God. That forced Job to begin to...

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I COUNT EVERYTHING AS A LOSS FOR THE SURPASSING VALUE OF KNOWING CHRIST (Phil 3:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Thérese of the Child Jesus) 📖Job 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.3a); Luke 9:57-62 Today, the Church in Nigeria celebrates the Memorial of St Thérese of the Child Jesus. The universal Church celebrates this on October 1st but, because of our Independence Day celebration, when we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, the Church in Nigeria got the permission to move this celebration. Among other virtues, she is known for her devotion to God in every thing that came her...

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“ARE YOU JEALOUS FOR MY SAKE? WOULD THAT ALL THE LORD’S PEOPLE WERE PROPHETS…” (Num 11:29)

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Num 11:25-29; Ps 19:7-9, 11-12, 13 (R.v.8ab); Jam 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 In our reflection last Sunday, there was a warning from the liturgy of the day to shun all forms of envy and Jealousy. These ills do not help in building a community for Christ; they destroy it. In the liturgy of today, the practical examples of Moses, in the First Reading, and Jesus, in the Gospel, are given to us to show us the need to work together so that we can achieve our common goal, which is, our union...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR YOUR TIME

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 Sept. 2018) 📖Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1a and 2abc, 3-4 (R.v.1a); Luke 9:18-22 The preacher says to us today, “There is time for every matter under heaven (Eccl 3:1). And God is the controller of that time, when it is your time, he is going to open your own doors. When God opens such doors, no man can shut it (Rev 3:7). His time is the best. Most of the things that go wrong in different strata of our society today have their contributions from those negatives that are associated with...

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SEEK THE ETERNAL VALUE WHICH IS IN HEAVEN

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 Sept. 2018 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) 📖Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.1); Luke 9:7-9 The Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes had one mission in mind – to find out where lies the value of all things. He searched for this value in pleasure, knowledge, labour, time, friend, wealth, women, etc but always found meaninglessness in all these. That is why he began the book by saying, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Eccl 1:2). Everything in this world will fail – friends,...

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DISPOSE YOURSELF TO THE LORD AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 Sept. 2018) 📖Prov 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 (R.v.35a); Luke 8:19-21 May the blessings of the Almighty God overshadow you this day and beyond. Amen. Proverbs 30:5 says that “God is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Never you ever think that the Lord has abandoned you to your fate. That is how the devil wants you to feel. But stand up against him because he is a liar and the father of liars (John 8:44). Instead, stand for the Lord who has...

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A NEW FORM OF RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 Sept. 2018) 📖Prov 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 (R.v.35a); Luke 8:19-21 May the peace of the Lord be with you. Amen. Among the Jews, blood relationship is a sacred thing. That plays out even in the way they perceive others in relation to redemption. That idea came up from the fact that God chose the people of Israel to be his very own (Deut 7:6) and gave them order not to intermarry with other nations in order not to be contaminated (cf. Deut 7:3). By keeping...

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“THE LORD IS THE UPHOLDER OF MY LIFE” (Ps 54:6)

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54:3-4, 5-6 and 8 (R.v.6b); Jam 3:16 – 4:3; Mark 9:30-37 In our reflection last Sunday, we discovered the identity of Jesus as the suffering messiah and his call on his followers to carry their crosses and come after him. We finally noted that one way to carry that cross well is by denying ourselves some pleasures for the good of others in need. The liturgy of today focuses on that note of helping the less privileged but with an additional warning against envy and jealousy which lead us...

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TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 Sept. 2018 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Tae-Gon and Companions) 📖1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1-2, 15c-17, 28 (R.v.1a); Luke 7:36-50 There are striking similarities between St Paul and the woman in Luke 7:36-50 – they received tremendous mercy from God and they responded with great devotion and dedication. Jesus observed this fact in his dialogue with Simon, his host, while St Paul confirmed this himself (cf. 1Cor 15:8-10; Luke 7:40-47). The truth is that since God does show any partiality (cf. Acts 10:34; Rom 2:11), it means that everyone...

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“EARNESTLY DESIRE THE HIGHER GIFTS OF LOVE” (1 Cor 12:31; 13:13)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 Sept. 2018) 📖1 Cor 12:31 – 13:13; Ps 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 and 22 (R.v.3c); Luke 7:31-35 Yesterday, we reflected on the importance of using our gifts for the healing of our societal wounds of division. Today, St Paul tries to encourage us on acquiring right disposition in seeking the gifts (cf. 1Cor 12:31 – 13:13). Why would St Paul encourage us to seek love as the greatest gift? It is because God is love and he who abides in love abide in God (1 John 4:16). Love indeed is what...