Category: Year I

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FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE – THE GREATEST IS LOVE (1 Cor 13:13)

⏰Saturday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (11 August 2017) ????Deut 6:4-13; Ps 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 47 and 51ab (R.v.2a); Matt 17:14-20 “Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down,...

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KEEP THE STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOU (Deut 4:40)

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (11 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Clare) ????Deut 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21 (R.v.12a); Matt 16:24-28 The Book of Deuteronomy tries to make one point very clearly, the fact that God is always on our side because he loves us, and he is able to do all things for us if we remain faithful to him. In Deut 4:32-40, Moses reminded the people of the privileged they have enjoyed as the people of God, and encouraged them to reciprocate that favour by doing his will. This too is not...

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“LET IT BE DONE FOR YOU AS YOU DESIRE” (Matt 15:28)

⏰Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (09 August 2017) ????Num 13:1-2, 25 – 14:1, 26-29, 34-35; Ps 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-22, 23 (R.v.4a); Matt 15:21-28 ????”LET IT BE DONE FOR YOU AS YOU DESIRE” (Matt 15:28) Did you say ‘AMEN’ to that? I just hope you did. The Catechism of the Christian Doctrine defines faith as “a supernatural gift of God, which enables us to believe without doubting whatever God has revealed.” That is in line with the words of the Scriptures in Heb 11:1, “Faith is the guarantee of the things we hope for, and the certainty of...

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“WHEREVER THERE IS JEALOUSY AND SELFISH AMBITION, YOU WILL ALSO FIND DISCORD AND ALL THAT IS EVIL” (Jam 3:16)

⏰Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (08 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Dominic) ????Num 12:1-13; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13 (R.v.3a); Matt 14:22-36 There is one Igbo adage which says, “Nwata kpachụọ ibe ya na nkụ, asi na ọ kpara nke ya n’ajọ ọhịa,” literally meaning that when a child fetches more firewood than his mates, they will allege that he fetched his from the evil forest. Why would that happen? ENVY AND JEALOUSY! They want to rubbish his integrity so that they can uphold themselves. Envy and jealousy are dangerous diseases that smells badly. It destroys...

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JESUS IS THE SOLUTION YOU NEED

⏰Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (07 August 2017) ????Num 11:4b-15; Ps 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.2a); Matt 14:13-21 My dear, how much are your needs and problems? Are they so much that they are now trying to weigh you down? Have you been going to places for solutions without getting any? Are your pillows now wet with tears out of frustration? Weep no more! I have seen a solution to propose for your problems – J.E.S.U.S! he is bigger than all your problems, and bigger than everything, both seen and unseen; stated and unstated. Tell him about that...

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THE RIGHT WAY TO CELEBRATE

⏰Saturday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 August 2017) ????Lev 25:1, 8-17; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 (R.v.4); Matt 14:1-12 Life is full of celebrations, and as we noted yesterday, such celebrations offer us the opportunity of reflecting on the faithfulness of God. That means, in our celebrations, we are simply celebrating God. Therefore, we must do as God wants. In Lev 25:8-17, God gives us some guidelines on how to celebrate. The bottomline is to shun exploitation of both human and material resources. All comes from God and must be treated as having the mark of God....

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GOD IS EVER FAITHFUL

⏰Friday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 August 2017 – Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney) ????Lev 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-4, 5-6ab, 10-11ab (R.v.2a); Matt 13:54-58I don’t know what you make of the different celebrations we have in our Christian calendar in terms of memorials, feasts, solemnities, Holy Days of Obligation, etc. Many people consider them as inventions of the Catholic Church into worship. In that way, they are distractions that must be abhorred. However, reading through the Book of Leviticus, we see that not only did God sanction such celebrations, they serve to...

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“HOW LOVELY IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE, O LORD OF HOSTS!” (Ps 84:1)

⏰Thursday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 August 2017) ????Exod 40:16-21, 34-38; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11 (R.v.2); Matt 13:47-53 It is good to be in in the presence of the Lord and to behold his glory. This encounter transformed Moses (cf. Exod 34:29-35) in such a way that the people were afraid to behold his face. In the same way, my dear, if you can abide in the presence of God, the enemy would always be afraid of looking at you anytime you approach. All you need to do is to do all that...

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“…THE SKIN OF HIS FACE SHONE BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN TALKING WITH GOD” (Exod 34:29)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 August 2017) ????Exod 34:29-35; Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 9 (R.v.9c); Matt 13:44-46 In Luke 14:26-33, Jesus gives a condition for becoming his disciple – the applicant must be ready to give up everything else in order to be fully committed to Jesus. That is indeed a wise thing to do and Jesus today compares it with the action of a merchant who sells everything he has so that he can buy a treasure-laden field or a fine pearl of high value. What is it that you are required to give...

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WATCH AND PRAY!

⏰Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (01 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori) ????Exod 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.8a); Matt 13:36-43 Yesterday, we talked about focusing on the kingdom of God in our journey of faith. But we know that no matter how wide open our eyes are, if we are not supported by the grace of God, there won’t be any headway for us. That is why we must pray always for God’s abiding presence especially in moments when God seems to be very far from us. Moses gave us...