Category: Weekdays

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“LET US GO WITH YOU, FOR WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD IS WITH YOU” (Zech 8:23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) ????Zech 8:20-23; Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:51-56. 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. This celebration has an interesting message for us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”...

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YOUR DRY BONE SHALL RISE AGAIN

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (30 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Jerome) ????Zech 2:1-5, 10-11a; Jer 31:10, 11-12ab, 13 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:43b-45 Are you in any way suffering because of what you lost? Are you already getting discouraged and saying that you cannot rise again? Have people suggested to you that your case is hopeless? Listen! You are not alone in that. Your brothers all over the world are suffering the same thing (1 Pet 5:9). The Israelites faced the same kind of discouragement when they came back to their land and met it a...

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NOW IS THE TIME TO BUILD A HOUSE FOR THE LORD

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Sept. 2017) ????Haggai 1:1-8; Ps 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); Luke 9:7-9 After Ezra had settled the people in their land, things were so difficult for them and so, they put off the reconstruction of the temple first while they went on rebuilding their own homes. Some of the leaders who should have cautioned them instead supported them with the normal excuse, “God will understand.” It was at this time that God sent the prophet Haggai to the people. The major message Haggai gave the people was on the...

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LIVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Sept. 2017 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) ????Ezra 9:5-9; Tob 13:1b-2, 3-4a, 6efgh, 6ij, 8 (R.v.1b); Luke 9:1-6 Do you want to be faithful to God? Then you definitely need to be very selfless. Think about God and others first, and be sure that God will never leave you empty handed. That is an important message that we must pick out from Luke 9:1-6, which is seen lived out by Ezra in Ezra 9:5-9, by carrying the burden of his people and intercepting for in humility. Jesus sent...

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“MY MOTHER AND MY BRETHREN ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND DO IT” (Luke 8:21)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 Sept. 2017) ????Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R.v.1); Luke 8:19-21 My dear, do you understand why the Israelites had to be taken into exile in Babylon in the first place? It is simply due to disobedience to the word of God. And the spiritual implication of the exilic life is that the people were taken away from the presence of God. So, more than being a mere account of how the people returned from Exile and rebuilt the city, the book of Ezra serves to direct the...

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GOD SHALL LIFT YOU UP AGAIN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 Sept. 2017) ????Ezra 1:1-6; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3a); Luke 8:16-18 ????GOD SHALL LIFT YOU UP AGAIN! Amen! Child of God, I may not be able to say exactly what you are going through at the moment. I may not even be able to say what would happen to you next. Yet, there is one thing that I am sure of: The Lord does not abandon his own. At the appointed time, he would surely lift you up. At that time, even your enemies would begin to work for...

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PERSEVERE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina) ????1 Tim 6:13-16; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R.v.2b); Luke 8:4-15 At the end of the First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy, the apostle encouraged his audience, which now includes us, to hold on to the keeping of the commandments of God till the end, when Christ would come again (see 1 Tim 6:13-16). There are a number of things that can make us not to do so, and those things are well represented in the parable of the sower...

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“THERE IS GREAT GAIN IN GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT” (1 Tim 6:6)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 September 2017) ????1 Tim 6:2c-12; Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20 (R. Matt 5:3); Luke 8:1-3 Where your treasure is, there would your heart be too (Matt 6:21). Yet, our hearts are meant for God, and would not rest until they rest in God. That is the reason it is wise to seek Godly ways while on earth so that you will not miss that way at the end of time. The way that leads to material things can indeed be deceptive. That way has made many pastors follow the way...

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“I AM WRITING THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO YOU SO THAT… YOU MAY KNOW HOW ONE OUGHT TO BEHAVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD” (1 Tim 3:14-15)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 September 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Comp) ????1 Tim 3:14-16; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 7:31-35 In 1 Tim 3:14-16, St. Paul instructs the leaders to remain attached to the fundamental truths of the history of salvation which were handed down to us. Obviously, some people, out of selfish interests, try to deviate from those fundamental truths (see Luke 7:31-35). Trying to fault them would definitely lead to persecution. Do you see how the Jews especially the Pharisees and the leaders were...

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“DO NOT WEEP” (Luke 7:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 September 2017) ????1 Tim 3:1-13; Ps 101:1-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6 (R.v.2c); Luke 7:11-17 Child of God, wipe your tears! Look up and see your Savior coming. He does not want to see you in tears. He came to restore your lost hope and put a smile once more on your face. Let your mouth shout out for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. He came for liberation; he wants to take you back to the original plan of God for you. The devil comes...