Category: Year I

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“UNLESS YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEEDS THAT OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES…” (Matt 5:20)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 October 2017) ????Rom 3:21-30; Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab (R.v.7bc); Luke 11:47-54 Was St. Paul actually trying to relegate the law as unnecessary for salivation in Rom 3:21-30? I think that would be a misreading of St. Paul. He rather wants us to understand that we are not slaves of the law – to follow the law blindly without allowing the spirit of the law transform us. The Pharisees were ardent upholders of the law and the traditions of their fathers. But just like their fathers, before them, they never gave...

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“HE WHO THROUGH FAITH IS RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE” (Rom 1:17)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (17 October 2017 – Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch) ????Rom 1:16-25; Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 (R.v.2a); Luke 11:37-41 We give thanks to the Lord for this beautiful day which he has made and given to us. We thank him for guiding us through the night and making us to sleep well. Sometimes, we think we might have a sleepless night only to be woken up the next morning by the alarm clock. That is the awesome handiwork of God. May all glory be to his holy name both now and forever....

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JESUS IS ENOUGH!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 October 2017) ????Rom 1:1-7; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2a); Luke 11:29-32 My dear, it is a beautiful new working week. I pray that God may visit your household to bless you in this new week and beyond. May he wipe your tears and turn you into a reference point for testimonies through Christ our Lord. Amen. You only need to build a strong faith in Jesus Christ. If you have Jesus in your life, you already have all that is required, in fact, the best that is required (cf. Luke...

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LET THE WORD OF GOD BEAR GOOD FRUIT IN YOU

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (14 October 2017) ????Joel 3:12-21; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 (R.v.12a); Luke 11:27-28 Yesterday, the Catholic Church in Nigeria gathered in the ancient city of Benin-City for the grand finale of Marian Year celebration and the re-consecration of Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We prayed that we may seek to do the will of God as she did and taught (cf. John 2:5). The fruit of that prepared the ground for the commendation by the woman in the crowd (cf. Luke 11:27). To really understand the point which Luke 11:27-28...

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THE LORD WILL RULE THE WORLD WITH JUSTICE (Ps 9:9)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 October 2017) ????Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2; Ps 9:2-3, 6 and 16, 8-9 (R.v.9a); Luke 11:15-26 Do you remember what we said yesterday about the wicked prospering while the just seem to be falling back? The prophet Malachi said that in the end, the wicked will surely weep. Hence, we are encouraged to persevere in the God of providence. The prophet Joel threaded the same line as Malachi, but in his case, the doom’s day is very imminent. And the unfortunate thing is that even the wicked are waiting expectantly for that...

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BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD (Ps 40:5)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (12 October 2017) ????Mal 3:13 – 4:2a; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (Ps 40:5ab); Luke 11:5-13 Prov 23:17 says, Do not let your heart be envious of sinners. The Book of the prophet Malachi gives us a very familiar situation of things that we normally see around us the wicked prospering while the just wallow in poverty. But doom awaits the wicked in the end (cf. Mal 3:13 4:2). Hence, no matter how tough life becomes for us, we must never follow the way of the wicked so that we...

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“LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (11 October 2017) ????Jonah 4:1-11; Ps 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10 (R.v.15); Luke 11:1-4 Prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God. We pray to adore God, praise and thank him, and for more blessings and graces from him. Prayer also disposes us to accept the will of God. In Luke 11:1, Jesus was found by his disciples praying and they asked him to teach them how to pray. This does not mean that they were not used to praying before. As Jews, they have a system and times...

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ALL FOR GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 October 2017) ????Jonah 3:1-10; Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 7bc-8 (R.v.3); Luke 10:38-42 The prompt response of Jonah when God called him a second time and that of the Ninevites after Jonah had called them to repentance (cf. Jon 3:1-10) challenge us on what must be our attitude towards the Word of God. That attitude must be one of readiness at all times to give ourselves completely to God without looking back nor giving rooms to distractions or procrastination (delay). Jesus brings out that attitude more clearly in his response to Martha’s...

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THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES CEASES

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 October 2016) ????Jonah 1:1-17, 2:1, 10; Jonah 2:2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (R.v.6d); Luke 10:25-37 It is a brand new week, and God has given us a message of hope to begin with as he normally does. He reminds us that his mercy is boundless and invites us to be messengers of that mercy without any hesitation. The stories in the book of Jonah, Chapters 1 and 2 explains well what the prophet Ezekiel meant when he said that God does not want the death of a sinner but that...

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“REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” (Luke 10:20)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 Oct. 2016 – Memorial of Our Lady of Rosary) ????Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Ps 69:33-35, 36-37 (R.v.34a); Luke 10:17-24 There are many reasons people go to Church. Some are there to make up the crowd while some come to seek miracles because of troubles. Once they get the desired miracle, they are off again. For such people, God becomes a part-time friend who is visited only when the need arises. What is your own goal in this Christian journey? Where are you heading to? Are you working to get your name...