Category: Year I

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“TAKE HEED, AND BEWARE OF ALL COVETOUSNESS” (Luke 12:15)

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 October 2017) ????Rom 4:20-25; Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 (R.v.68); Luke 12:13-21 It is once again a new working week. May the blessings of God, which was bestowed upon Abraham in abundance be also granted to you, and may the Lion of the tribe of Judah fight your battles against all principalities and powers through Christ our Lord. Amen. I’m sorry that I was not here to meet with you yesterday. A matter of great importance which is also for the good of the Church took me away all day. But...

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HOPING AGAINST HOPE

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (21 October 2017) ????Rom 4:13, 16-18; Ps 105:6-7, 8-9, 42-43 (R.v.8a); Luke 12:8-12 My dear, truthfully, there are some situations you will meet in life and you might be forced to question the reality of God. In such situations, the only thing you see is the wall that blocks your way when the journey is still very far away. Do you know that Abraham went through such an experience but he remained steadfast in God? The promise for a child came to him at their very old age. And later, he...

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES, WHICH IS HYPOCRISY” (Luke 12:1)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 October 2017) ????Rom 4:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 (R.v.7); Luke 12:1-7 For some days now, we have been talking about being in reality the goodness we showcase before people. The evangelist Luke stretches the point even more. Even when temptations come knocking, no matter how life-threatening it might be, we must hold firm to the Lord who is ever ready to save us (cf. Luke 12:1-7). St. Paul gives us an example of Abraham as a man with such a living faith (cf. Rom 4:1-8). He always followed God in...

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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...