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“FOR THE SAKE OF THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME, FREE US, O LORD” (Ps 79:9)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (06 Oct. 2016) ????Baruch 1:15-22; Ps 79:1-2, 3-5, 8, 9 (R.v.9bc); Luke 10:13-16 It is said that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov 14:34). After the Jews had returned to their land from exile, some of them remained and settled in some of the colonies of the nations of their exile. They, nonetheless, maintained their religious and cultural identity and still gathered in synagogues. The Book of Baruch came from this setting and was meant to correct the godlessness and materialistic tendencies that have...

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“FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WEPT WHEN THEY HEARD THE WORDS OF THE LAW” (Neh 8:9)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 Oct. 2017) ????Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.9ab); Luke 10:1-12 What effect does the word of God have on you when you hear it? Does it incite to repent and begin to live better or are you among those who have become so familiar with it that it makes little or no meaning to them? According to St. Paul, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refuting error, for correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). But today, many of...

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LET US FOLLOW JESUS FAITHFULLY

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi) ????Neh 2:1-8; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6ab); Luke 9:57-62 Have you ever nursed the desire to follow Jesus or even promised him that you would follow him, but find yourself lagging behind? Don’t worry. There is only one thing you need to do now. Tell Jesus himself to help you follow him. You can never do it it well on your own. He is the one who calls, as well as the sustainer of the call and the defender of...

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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...