Category: Year I

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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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“MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9)

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 12:1-10; Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.9a); Matt 6:24-34 🎤”MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9) There is something that we all must learn from St. Paul today. That is the art of seeing the hand of God at work in whatever happens to us in life. When Jesus says that he would be with us till the end of time (cf. Matt 28:20), he means it. And that also includes the dark and difficult moments of our lives. Everything works unto good for those...

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 9:6-11; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 9 (R.v.1b); Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 🎤”GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7) Do you remember the story of that boy that donated his lunch pack to Jesus (John 6:9) and equipped Jesus with the things to perform the miracle of feeding so many people? That is also the effect our charity has. The joy is that, just as the boy was also a beneficiary of that feeding, we too would gain from any cheerful charity we undertake. Being cheerful is a...

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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...

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GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (15 February 2019) 📖Gen 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:31-37 GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM How was your celebration of Valentine yesterday? Did you remember to help someone who is in need? In case you were selfish about it without reaching out to the poor, today is another day to make amends. In reaching out to the poor, we help Jesus to recreate the world. By showing love to others, many did win the favour of God in the past. Why not embrace that...

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“IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18)

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (14 February 2019 – Memorial of Ss Cyril & Methodius) 📖Gen 2:18-25; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:24-30 “IT IS NOT GOOD THAT MAN SHOULD BE ALONE” (Gen 2:18) Today is the popular day known as the Valentine Day. The memorial of St. Valentine was placed today to abolish the ancient pagan practice where boys used to draw the names of girls in honour of their goddess, Februata Juno, on February 15. Unfortunately, Many are going to celebrate evil today in the name of celebrating love. Are we not going...