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TAKE HEED AND BE PREPARED FOR THE END

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (01 December 2018) 📖Rev 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7abc (R. 1 Cor 16:22b; Rev 22:20c); Luke 21:34-36 A very close friend of mine who was just converted into the Catholic faith once asked me when this ordinary time will finish. Finally, today is the long awaited last day of the Churchs Liturgical Year and the last day of the ordinary time Year 2. After long weeks of preparing for this end, we are again advised on the importance of remaining focused on our goal, which is, to see God face to...

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WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 Nov 2016) ????Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 ????WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12) Even though the book of Revelation tries to confront the prevailing issues of the moment, it also predicts what shall happen in the future. Remember that it is also a prophecy (cf. Rev 1:3). So while it consoles and encourages the Christians in the face of their persecuting enemy, it also warns about the deceiving enemy, satan which leads us...

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WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 Nov 2016) ????Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 ????WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12) Even though the book of Revelation tries to confront the prevailing issues of the moment, it also predicts what shall happen in the future. Remember that it is also a prophecy (cf. Rev 1:3). So while it consoles and encourages the Christians in the face of their persecuting enemy, it also warns about the deceiving enemy, satan which leads us...

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LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Andrew DĂ»ng-Lac and Companions) ????Rev 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. Rev 19:9a); Luke 21:20-28 ????LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN What comes to your mind when you think of Babylon? For the Israelites, it was a place of exile, alienation from their fatherland, backwardness, oppression, slavery, etc. Babylon offered them nothing but pains. Remember that the book of Revelation uses coded language in talking so that only the people it is addressing would understand. So, at the time the Christians...

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YOUR ENDURANCE SHALL WIN YOU YOUR LIFE (Luke 21:19)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 Nov 2018) 📕Rev 15:1-4; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9 (R. Rev 15:3b); Luke 21:12-19 In Rev. 15:1, John saw a vision of seven angels with seven plagues to bring Gods wrath to its climax. In the passage that we made reference to yesterday, that is Rev 14:14-19, there were different angels with sickle in their hands preparing for harvest, thus indicating an impending time of judgement. That paints a fearful picture. Moreover, in Luke 21:12-16 indicates that his disciples shall be hated and persecuted for the sake of his name....

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BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME!

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????Rev 14:14-19; Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13 (R.v.13b); Luke 21:5-11 ????BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME! What is your understanding of the eschatological discourses of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 21? Many understood that to mean that there is still plenty of time, but that is not so. Remember that these Gospels were written down at the time the early Christians were still building up and were facing many temptations. There were sufferings everywhere and people were rising to give interpretations of these...

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“WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 Nov 2016 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????Rev 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 21:1-4 ????”WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23) A misreading of Rev 14 has always created confusion for people. It talks about a vision of 144,000 who are marked with the seal of the Lamb, and who alone were capable of hearing the voice of the Lamb. So some people now assume that heaven must have been filled up. Hmmmmm! Remember that Jesus said, “My sheep hears my...

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THE WORD OF GOD SHALL FOREVER TRIUMPH!

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 Nov 2016) ????Rev 11:4-12; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Luke 20:27-40 ????THE WORD OF GOD SHALL FOREVER TRIUMPH! Does that not give you a cause to be joyous? That means that whatever the Word of God says about you shall come to pass. And he says in John 20:19, “Peace be with you.” And in another place he says, “I have come that [you] may have life, life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). To you who are sick, “By his stripes, you are healed” (1 Pet 2:24). To the...

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“WOE TO ME IF I DO NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL” (1 Cor 9:16)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 Nov 2018) 📕Rev 10:8-11; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Luke 19:45-48 Preaching the good news is a responsibility that befalls every Christian, and not just the ordained. In fact, baptism by its nature makes one to share in the three-fold office of Christ, as priest, prophet and king. The prophetic function imposes on one the responsibility of fulfilling the mission mandate of Christ to his disciples, “Go into the whole world and preach the good news…” (Matt 28:19). Even though the baptismal character imposes that function as a...

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“OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary) ????Rev 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-3, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R. Rev 5:10); Luke 19:41-44 ????”OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8) Do you understand what the psalmist meant when he says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man who cannot save” (Ps 146:3)? If you are yet to understand that, ask an average Nigerian to define the term, “Politician” to you. You might get answers that will shock you. That is because of the activities...