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“FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” (Matt 6:12)

⏰Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga) 📖Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 (R.v.12a); Matt 6:7-15 St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose memorial we celebrate today, died at the age of 23. He was known for his outstanding life of holiness, marked by piety, selflessness and simplicity. He was a man of prayer. Prayer is a communication between God and man. With prayer man presents his petition before God and hope that God hears and answer him. With the above in mind, I wonder how many of us who do...

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BE ETERNALLY VIGILANT! (1Pet 5:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 June 2018) 📖2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14; Ps 31:20, 21, 24 (R.v.25); Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 There is that popular saying credited to Thomas Jefferson that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Christians, as St Peter admonished in 1 Pet 5:8, must be eternally vigilant in order not to be outwitted by the devil and so miss out in the blessings of God. Before Elijah was taken away from Elisha, he told Elisha to ask for any favour of him (see 2 Kgs 2:1-14). Credit must be given to Elisha for...

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HUMILITY CHANGES THE MIND OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 21:17-29; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 11 and 16 (R.v.3a); Matt 5:43-48 The scripture noted that there is no one who did what God abhorred as much as Ahab (1 Kgs 21:25-26). As a consequence, God already passed a judgement of horrible annihilation upon him and his households (cf. 1 Kgs 21:17-24). Yet, when Ahab heard of the judgement, he humbled himself before God and so made God to defer his punishment till after his lifetime (1 Kgs 21:27-29). As an aside, we can immediately see from that...

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“LORD, DELIVER US FROM GREED AND ABUSE OF POWER”

⏰Monday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 21:1-16; Ps 5:2-3, 5-6, 7 (R.v.2b); Matt 5:38-42 Check it out my dear, most sins we commit today are borne out of greed. Imagine! Ahab still wanted the little vineyard of Naboth because of this. Out of greed, he disobeyed the command of God (Deut 7:3) and married Jezebel, a Sidonian. That marriage introduced many ills into the culture and religion of Israel. Notice that Ahab was not keen to do any harm to Naboth but Jezebel did that in his name and thus added abuse...

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LET WHAT YOU SAY BE SIMPLY ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ (Matt 5:37)

⏰Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 19:19-21; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10 (R.v.5a); Matt We have this saying that honesty is the best policy. Deception is an evil that has kept the world in a seeming unredeemable condition. It was in fact what initiated the disastrous nature of our world today when the serpent deceived man into believing that he will be like God after eating the forbidden fruit (cf. Gen 3:1-5). Today, most people do not believe that they can be successful in life if they don’t tell a lie....

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“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” (Psalm 46:10)

⏰Friday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16; Ps 27:7-8ab, 8c-9abc, 13-14 (R.v.8a); Matt 5:27-32 Have you noticed that God dwells in the quiet place of our heart more than in the noisy places of worship? Do not misunderstand this. I am just affirming the obvious. There is so much noise in the world that we most often fail to listen the gentle voice of God. Fr Ozelle of Warri Diocese once listed noise and crowd among the three things that draw the heart of men away from God. We always want...

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DIVINE UPLIFT AND CORRESPONDING RESPONSIBILITY

⏰Thursday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 18:41-46; Ps 65:10abcd, 10c-11, 12-13 (R.v.2ab); Matt 5:20-26 The hand of the LORD was on Elijah (1Kings 18:46) and so he was able to do unimaginable things and especially, winning the people over to God. Notice in that passage how Ahab, who was filled with hatred over Elijah before was now respecting Elijah in all things. That was because the hand of the Lord was upon Elijah. Child of God, listen! As we noted yesterday, divine touch brings liberation, healing and uplift. When you encounter the...

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“THE LORD IS GOD!” (1Kings 18:39)

⏰Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua) 📖1 Kgs 18:20-39; Ps 16:1-2a, 4, 5 and 8, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 5:17-19 Whenever you take up your bible to read the encounter between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal (1Kings 18:17-40), do not be distracted so much by the drama and the numbers. Though the numbers are all very significant, the underlying message is the fact of God’s love and his supremacy over all. Note that that encounter is not a PROOF of God’s supremacy (God does not engage...

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“THE JAR OF MEAL WAS NOT SPENT, NEITHER DID THE PITCHER OF OIL FAIL” (1Kings 17:16)

⏰Tuesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 June 2018) 📖1 Kgs 17:7-16; Ps 4:2-3, 4-5, 7a and 8 (R.v.7b); Matt 5:13-16 My dear, have you ever bothered to think well about the details of that story about Elijah and the widow of Zarephath? For a moment, forget about the miracle of abundance and think of what engineered it! By giving out that last meal to Elijah, this widow gave out her life to save Elijah’s. Imagine that she had refused giving to Elijah based on the very valid reason that she does not have more to accommodate...

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“…AND HIS MOTHER KEPT ALL THESE THINGS IN HER HEART” (Luke 2:51)

⏰Saturday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 June 2018 – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 📖2 Tim 4:1-8; Ps 71:8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22 (R.v.15ab); Luke 2:41-51 My dear, St. Paul goes on encouraging us through his Second Letter to Timothy to be steadfast in faith and in the truth of the Gospel. He warned us beforehand of this period when many would no longer want to follow the truth but rather seek to twist the Gospel to suit their selfish interest (cf. 2 Tim 4:2-5). That calls for a strong faith in the omnipotence of...