Category: Ordinary Time

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“BE OBEDIENT…NOT IN THE WAY OF EYE-SERVICE, AS MEN-PLEASERS, BUT AS SERVANTS OF CHRIST” (Eph 6:5-6)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 October 2018) 📑Eph 6:1-9; Ps 145:10-11, 12-14 (R.v.13c); Luke 13:22-30 There is this song we used to sing in our primary school days as we marched from the assembly ground to our classrooms. It goes thus: 🎻If you do good, kingdom, o-o o-o kingdom, o-o-o kingdom waiting for you; If you do bad, no more kingdom, o-o o-o no more kingdom, o-o-o no more kingdom waiting for you. Jesus passed the same message when to the person who asked whether only a few would be saved. He said, “Strive to...

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LIVING AS CHRIST WOULD DO IN A CHRISTIAN HOME

⏰Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (30 Oct. 2018) 📕Eph 5:21-33; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Luke 13:18-21 My dear, in order to appreciate what St. Paul did in Eph 5:21-33 better, we need to understand the context under which he was writing. At that time, the institution of marriage was under great abuse and threat – men were divorcing their wives at will so that they can marry another, maybe better and younger, and the young girls were now refusing to go into marriage since they are treated as objects that can be used and dumped....

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DO NOT LOOK UNTO MAN, BUT GOD

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (29 October 2018) 📕Eph 4:32 – 5:8; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Eph 5:1); Luke 13:10-17 After teaching the Ephesians the need to be united as one in Christ, St. Paul began to instruct them on how they are to live in newness of life in that body of Christ (Eph 4:17 – 5:20). Today, he advises us, the neo-Ephesians, to be imitators of God and not of man (Eph 4:32-5:8). If we look upon man, he would mislead us because man is filled with evil passions that are...

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HUMILITY: THE FOUNDATION OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER

⏰Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Sirarch 35:12c-14, 16-18b; Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19 and 23 (R.v.7a); 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 HUMILITY: THE FOUNDATION OF EFFECTIVE PRAYER Last Sunday, we learnt about two very important dispositions that are needed for our prayers to be very effective. Those important dispositions include perseverance and persistence.???? Today, the three readings we have in our liturgy, in a dramatic way, bring out an important virtue that must accompany those dispositions for our prayers to be effective. That is the virtue of humility.???? We must also remember that last Sunday, we came to...

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WE ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST (Rom 12:5)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 October 2017) 📕Eph 4:1-6; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 12:54-59 I wonder what Jesus would do if he were to come back to us the way he had come to the Jews. He called the Jews hypocrites for not being able to read the signs of the time and believe in him and repent (Luke 12:54-59). I am sure he would surely call us fools for not being able to understand what we really need at this time in the face of current religious situations in our world. This...

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EXPERIENCING THE PRESENCE OF GOD

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 October 2018) 📕Eph 3:14-21; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 (R.v.5b); Luke 12:49-53 Were you with us when we began reading the Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians? I encouraged us to personalise that letter and internalize the messages therein. If you did, then rejoice because you have a share in St Paul’s five-point prayer today. He prayed that: 👉We may be strengthened with the power of the Holy Spirit. 👉Jesus may dwell in our hearts through faith 👉We may be empowered with the gift of understanding. 👉We may know...

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“WITH JOY YOU WILL DRAW WATER FROM THE WELLS OF THE SAVIOUR” (Isa 12:3)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Oct. 2018) 📕Eph 3:2-12; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.3); Luke 12:39-48 That is the promise of God for you today through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah. How I wish you can claim possession of it! That portion of the prophecy of Isaiah (Isa 12:1-6) is inserted to conclude the Book of Emmanuel (Isa 2-11) which is full of promises for liberation and protection from God if only the people can put their trust in God. For a better understanding of the message of that verse 3, we can see...

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“THE LORD MADE US; WE BELONG TO HIM” (Ps 100:3)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Oct. 2016 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch) ????Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.3b); Luke 12:13-21 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ????”THE LORD MADE US; WE BELONG TO HIM” (Ps 100:3) May the grace and peace of Christ be with you. Amen At the beginning of this new working week, St Paul reminds us that by the grace of God, we have been given a place to live with Jesus at the time we were dead in sin (cf. Eph 2:1-10). Now, the place is...

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THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C – World Mission Sunday) Exod 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 2Tim 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8 THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER Today, we celebrate the world mission Sunday. In his message for the celebration this year, Pope Francis reminds us that by virtue of our baptism, we are called to be missionaries. Everyone of us is important to that call in his/her different capacity. He emphasizes that no one should shy away from being part of that mission. Each of us must contribute in our own little way. As it is...

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“THE SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU IN THAT VERY HOUR WHAT YOU OUGHT TO SAY” (Luke 12:12)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 Oct. 2016 – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila) ????Eph 1:15-23; Ps 8:2-3a, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.6a); Luke 12:8-12 ????”THE SPIRIT WILL TEACH YOU IN THAT VERY HOUR WHAT YOU OUGHT TO SAY”  (Luke 12:12) Our world is full of so much noise, and this noise has permeated our innermost being such that we hardly listen to the promptings of our conscience, which is God’s tiny voice in us. This noise bears fruit in different ways in us and one of them is the loss of identity.???? When St Teresa of...