Category: Year I

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“THE MERCY OF THE LORD IS EVERLASTING UPON THOSE WHO HOLD HIM IN FEAR” (Ps 103:17)

⏰Saturday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 Feb 2017) ????Sir 17:1-15; Ps 103:13-14, 15-16, 17-18 (R.v.17ab); Mark 10:13-16 “THE MERCY OF THE LORD IS EVERLASTING UPON THOSE WHO HOLD HIM IN FEAR” (Ps 103:17) Do you realise that there is nothing about you that is hidden to God? Why? He created you in his image and placed you in the position you occupy right now. Hence, the book of Sirach reminds us that our ways are always open before him (Sir 17:15). My dear, it is true that, two days ago, we were warned against scandals. But...

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“WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10)

⏰Friday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 Feb 2017) ????Sir 6:5-17; Ps 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35 (R.v.35a); Mark 10:1-12 ????”WHAT THEREFORE GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER” (Mark 10:10) My dear, God has made us for himself, and he continues to take care of us in all situations. Sometimes, difficulties and distractions can come our way and affect us badly to an extent that we begin to question if God is still on the throne. Yet, his presence among us is everlasting (cf. Matt 28:20). So, the book of Sirach tells us...

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

⏰Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 Feb 2017) ????Sir 5:1-8; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Mark 9:41-50 ????”BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5) Do you know anyone who brags with his wealth or position of authority or intelligence? He indeed needs some pity. This is because whatever we have is given to us by God for the service of others. When we allow those ephemerals to blow us up to the extent that we look down on others and see ourselves as demigods, we are...

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“… IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO SERVE THE LORD, PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE TRIALS” (Sir 2:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (21 Feb 2017) ????Sir 2:1-11; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 (R.v.5); Mark 9:30-37 ????”… IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO SERVE THE LORD, PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE TRIALS” (Sir 2:1) Some people had often opined that the reason the disciples of Jesus were unable to heal the deaf and mute child was because they were jostling among themselves over who would heal the child and take the glory. This is just an insinuation but we have to take it seriously for our purpose today. Why? Many of us today who claim to...

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JESUS IS THE WISDOM OF GOD

⏰Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time 1 (25 Feb 2019) 📖Sir 1:1-10; Ps 93:1-1bc, 1d-2, 5 (R.v.1a); Mark 9:14-29 🎤JESUS IS THE WISDOM OF GOD The story of the ten virgins in Matt 25:1-10 made a distinction between two sets of virgins, one wise while the other foolish. The wise ones were ready for the bridegroom when he arrived, but the foolish ones were not. So the wise ones were admitted into the marriage feast (eternal life) but the foolish ones were left out. It is wisdom that makes it possible for those wise virgins to gain admittance...

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

⏰Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (18 Feb 2017) ????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) There is no better place to be than to be in the presence of God. In his presence, no evil can ever touch or harm us. To be in his presence however, we must be free of evil. For some days now, we have been reflecting on the battle between the good and bad in us, and the outcome of our responses to either of them. Obviously, part of...

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BETWEEN THE TOWER OF BABEL AND THE PENTECOST EXPERIENCE

⏰Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (17 Feb 2017) ????Gen 11:1-9; Ps 35:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.12b); Mark 8:34 – 9:1 BETWEEN THE TOWER OF BABEL AND THE PENTECOST EXPERIENCE Be careful when things are going well for you because that is the moment the devil will begin to make you assume that it is all about you – pride. The next would be to begin to go against the law that do not favour you – disobedience. That was the progression that led to the punishment of the people in Gen 11:1-9 that made God to decide...

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“BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH” (Gen 9:1)

⏰Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (21 February 2019) 📖Gen 9:1-13; Ps 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23 (R.v.20b); Mark 8:27-33 🎤”BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE EARTH” (Gen 9:1) My dear, you are destined to be blessed and no power can stop you. Just be patient with God. Hard times would not last forever. As long as God is involved, your story shall end in testimony. But you must be patient to allow God’s plans to manifest. The story of Noah’s blessing in Gen 9:1-13 gives us a strong reason to keep that patience alive. Do...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR THE LORD!

⏰Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (20 Feb 2019) 📕Gen 8:6-13, 20-22; Ps 116:12-13, 14-15, 18-1 (R.v.17a); Mark 8:23-26 🎤DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR THE LORD!   Everything in our world now is on the move and in speed. Patience is now a forgotten virtue; everyone wants to make it quick. That has led many of us far away from God. But God wants us to follow him in his own way. After the great flood, it would have been expected that Noah would jump out of the Ark into freedom. But that would...

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

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 Feb 2017 – Memorial of Ss Cyril & Methodius) ????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) How did things get so bad that God would regret creating man (cf. Gen 6:6)? At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). However, great evil arose on earth and the extent and consequence of that as reported in Gen 6:5-8 show that all...