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GOD IS THE HOPE OF THE HOPELESS

⏰Saturday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 July 2019) 📖Exod 12:37-42; Ps 136:1 and 23-24, 10-12, 13-15 (R.v.1); Matt 12:14-21 🎤GOD IS THE HOPE OF THE HOPELESS Did you notice the number of years that the Israelites spent in Egypt before God rescued them? 430 years (cf. Exod 12:40) was indeed a long time to breed hopelessness. It is true that not all those years were spent in oppression and slavery but a good percentage of it must have been spent that way. It does not matter to God how long you have been suffering; his focus...

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“THE CUP OF SALVATION I WILL RAISE; I WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 116:13)

⏰Friday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 July 2019) 📖Exod 11:10 – 12:14; Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18 (R.v.13); Matt 12:1-8 🎤”THE CUP OF SALVATION I WILL RAISE; I WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 116:13) Who can speak when the Lord has not spoken? And when the Lord has spoken, who can refuse? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, together with its soul and divinity, under the appearance of the bread and wine. The bread...

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GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 July 2019) 📖Gen 32:22-32; Ps 17:1, 2-3, 6-7, 8 and 15 (R.v.15a); Matt 9:32-38 🎤GOD HAS A NEW NAME FOR YOU! The story of Jacob in Gen 32:24-25 is indeed the story of many of people. Jacob had always had his way in most things before this time. That success was probably getting into his head and he felt that he could get everything he wants by the power of his hand. That could be why God decided to wrestle with him to teach him humility. Sometimes too, when we...

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“THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS” (Ps 103:8)

⏰Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (01 July 2019) 📖Gen 18:16-33; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Matt 8:18-22 🎤”THE LORD IS COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS” (Ps 103:8) It is a new month, the 7th in the order of months. According to Gen 2:2, “By the seventh day, the work God had done was completed, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had done.” I pray with you that in this 7th month of the year, the work of God may come to perfection in your life and that you may rest from...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY; HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

⏰Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 June 2019) 📖Gen 16:1-12, 15-16; Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4ab, 4c-5 (R.v.1b); Matt 7:21-29 🎤DO NOT BE IN A HURRY; HAVE FAITH IN GOD! My dear, what is normally the zeal that push you into going to worship God? Is it because you have faith in him or because you want him to be your ‘errand boy’ who you command to perform some miracles for you? At the end of his Sermon on the Mount, just before Matthew started a collation of his different miracles, Jesus reminds his followers that faith in...

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STAND AGAINST THE DECEITFUL ENEMY WITH A STRONG FAITH

⏰Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 June 2019) 📖Gen 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Matt 7:15-20 🎤STAND AGAINST THE DECEITFUL ENEMY WITH A STRONG FAITH My dear, while it is true that “every sound tree bears good fruit” (Matt 7:17), it is indisputable that some deceptively-looking sound trees can be seen in the midst of really sound trees. Those are what Jesus described as false prophets who are wolves in sheep clothing. Jesus used the sermon on the mount (Matt 5:1 – 7:27) to expose the demands of the Kingdom of God to...

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“ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13)

⏰Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 June 2019) 📖Gen 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Matt 7:6, 12-14 🎤”ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13) My dear, do you wish to be saved? If yes, then you must follow the way that leads to life and enter through the narrow gate (cf. Matt 7:13-14). That way is already identified by Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). God wants all to be saved (cf. 1 Tim 2:4) but only a few choose to be saved (Matt 7:14; 22:14). Do you wish to be among those who...

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“WHOEVER LOVES [WISDOM] LOVES LIFE” (Sir 4:11)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Feb 2019) 📖Sir 4:11-19; Ps 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175 (R.v.165a); Mark 9:38-40 🎤”WHOEVER LOVES [WISDOM] LOVES LIFE” (Sir 4:11) Recall that, two days ago when we we began reading from the book of Sirach, which is one of the deuterocanonical books of the Bible, we noted that Jesus is the wisdom of God. The author of that book had advised us from that very beginning to seek wisdom in all that we do. Today, he continued that advocacy, telling us that to seek wisdom is to seek life....

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“MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5)

⏰Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (23 February 2019 – Memorial of St. Polycarp) 📖Heb 11:1-7; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11 (R.v.1b); Mark 9:2-13 “MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5) My dear, it is the long awaited day in Nigeria. Today, we are going to file out to take a decision, either to push this country further into backwardness or to help lift it up. Remember today that your vote is your voice. Will you choose to speak against our collective progress because of selfishness? It is our decision to make on where to...

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (19 February 2019) 📖Gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Mark 8:14-21 🎤”BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15) At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). One would then begin to wonder why things went so bad to the extent that God regretted creating man (Gen 6:6). That was because of the great evil that existed on earth. That increased to a great extent with the intermarriage between the...