Category: Year II

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YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE BUT A FREE BORN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Theresa of Avila) 📖Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 11:29-32 Do you really believe that Christ has set you free from all kinds of slavery and oppression? Do you believe that no power on earth is greater than his power (19:11) and that all power belongs to him (Matt 28:18)? Why then are you still worried on how to overcome little challenges that you face? At the beginning of this working week, St Paul encourages us...

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THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Gal 3:11)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 October 2018) 📖Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.5b); Luke 11:15-26 May the peace of Christ be with you. What is the point which St. Paul tried to drive home in Gal 3:7-14? Was he really condemning the law? No! We must try not to misinterpret Paul as doing that. Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee at that. He had respect for Moses, and Moses was the one who received the Law from God. So St Paul must be understood as elevating an understanding of the spirit of the...

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THE LORD IS WITH YOU!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (09 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 15 (R.v.24b); Luke 10:38-42 My dear, the presence of God in your life can create so much difference in the kind of fruit you bear. Yesterday, we talked about bearing the fruit of love instead of discrimination; it is only by the presence of God in our life that we can choose to love. In Gal 1:13-24, St. Paul testified that his zeal to preach was informed by his encounter with Christ, and the content of his message was a revelation from Christ,...

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LOVE BUILDS WHILE DISCRIMINATION DESTROYS

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (08 October 2018) 📖Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9 and 10c (R.v.5b); Luke 10:25-37 May the peace and love of Christ reign in your life in this new week and beyond. Amen. At the beginning of this new working week, we are called to a reorientation of the value and understanding of love, especially love of God. This is because many think that they love God whereas they are actually filled with hate. St John, in his first letter reminds us that we cannot love God genuinely if we cannot love...

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“HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE THE LORD AND HE WILL EXALT YOU” (James 4:10)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 October 2018) 📖Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130 (R.v.135a); Luke 10:17-24 May the grace and peace of Christ continue to abide with you both now and forever. Amen. The word of God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” There can be no real penitence without humility. Consider the...

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GOD DOES NOT CHANGE

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 October 2018) 📖Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14ab (R.v.24b); Luke 10:13-16 May the grace and peace of Christ dwell with you always. Amen. I do not know what you are going through in life; you might be facing difficulties as much as the biblical Job did face, but know that God is always with you (cf. Matt 28:20). In the midst of all his afflictions, Job’s friends tried to fill his mind with a wrong idea of the person of God. That forced Job to begin to...

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I COUNT EVERYTHING AS A LOSS FOR THE SURPASSING VALUE OF KNOWING CHRIST (Phil 3:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 October 2018 – Memorial of St. Thérese of the Child Jesus) 📖Job 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.3a); Luke 9:57-62 Today, the Church in Nigeria celebrates the Memorial of St Thérese of the Child Jesus. The universal Church celebrates this on October 1st but, because of our Independence Day celebration, when we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, the Church in Nigeria got the permission to move this celebration. Among other virtues, she is known for her devotion to God in every thing that came her...

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DO NOT BE IN A HURRY! WAIT FOR YOUR TIME

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 Sept. 2018) 📖Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1a and 2abc, 3-4 (R.v.1a); Luke 9:18-22 The preacher says to us today, “There is time for every matter under heaven (Eccl 3:1). And God is the controller of that time, when it is your time, he is going to open your own doors. When God opens such doors, no man can shut it (Rev 3:7). His time is the best. Most of the things that go wrong in different strata of our society today have their contributions from those negatives that are associated with...

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SEEK THE ETERNAL VALUE WHICH IS IN HEAVEN

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 Sept. 2018 – Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul) 📖Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 and 17 (R.v.1); Luke 9:7-9 The Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes had one mission in mind – to find out where lies the value of all things. He searched for this value in pleasure, knowledge, labour, time, friend, wealth, women, etc but always found meaninglessness in all these. That is why he began the book by saying, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Eccl 1:2). Everything in this world will fail – friends,...

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DISPOSE YOURSELF TO THE LORD AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 Sept. 2018) 📖Prov 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44 (R.v.35a); Luke 8:19-21 May the blessings of the Almighty God overshadow you this day and beyond. Amen. Proverbs 30:5 says that “God is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Never you ever think that the Lord has abandoned you to your fate. That is how the devil wants you to feel. But stand up against him because he is a liar and the father of liars (John 8:44). Instead, stand for the Lord who has...