Category: Thirty-Third Week

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THE WORD OF GOD SHALL FOREVER TRIUMPH!

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 Nov 2017) ????1 Mac 6:1-13; Ps 9:2-3, 4 and 6, 16 and 19 (R.v.15c); Luke 20:27-40 Does that not give you a cause to be joyous? That means that whatever the word of God says about you shall come to pass. And he says in John 20:19, “Peace be with you.” And in another place he says, “I have come that [you] may have life, life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). To you who are sick, “By his stripes, you are healed” (1 Pet 2:24). To the barren, “Be...

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“MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER” (Luke 19:46)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (24 November 2017 – Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions) ????1 Mac 4:36-37, 52-59; 1 Chron 29:10, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bc (R.v.13b); Luke 19:45-48 Is that your understanding of the house of God? Or are you among those who have converted the house of God into a phone charging point? ????????Or turned the house of God into a house for exchanging pleasantries, thus engineering noise instead of prayer? ????????Is the house of God now a place to buy and sell ‘miracles’ – where people now buy miraculous oil, miraculous salt, miraculous...

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STAND OUT FOR CHRIST!

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 November 2017) ????1 Macc 2:15-29; Ps 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 (R.v.23bc); Luke 19:41-44 Jesus is close by in the city! Can you not feel his approaching presence? He is the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords (see Isa 9:6; Eph 2:7). He has come into our life to bring us peace. Unfortunately, we are joining the world not to recognise him (cf. John 1:10). Hence, he weeps over our city (cf. Luke 19:41) as he wept at the death of Lazarus (cf. John 11:35). It tells me that not...

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“…SHE BORE IT WITH GOOD COURAGE BECAUSE OF HER HOPE IN THE LORD” (2 Macc 7:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????2 Macc 7:1, 20-31; Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8 and 15 (R.v.15b); Luke 19:11-28 The prophet Isaiah encouraged the exilic Israelites, who were downcast and already being seduced into accepting the Babylonian religion saying that, “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow tired” (Isa 40:31). Yesterday, from the Second Book of Maccabees, we read of the martyrdom of Eleazar and his...

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BE WARY OF SCANDAL

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (21 Nov. 2017 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????2 Macc 6:18-31; Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.6b); Luke 19:1-10 In his Motto for for his episcopate, my Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Michael Odogwu Elue prayed, “O God, do not allow those who seek you to be brought to dishonour because of me.” That is a very important prayer which every leader must be saying at all times. See what Jesus said in Matt 18:6, “If anyone should cause one of these little ones who believe in me...

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“…BUT HE CRIED OUT THE MORE…” (Luke 18:39)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 1 (20 Nov. 2017) ????1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64; Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158 (R.v.88); Luke 18:35-43 My dear, it is a beginning of a new working week. I pray that God may grant increase and success to the works of your hands, and open more doors of success to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen. The blind man that Jesus met at the entrance of Jericho reiterates for us the importance of persistence in prayer, which the spirit of this season also calls us to extend to faith...