Category: Second Week

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“BEHOLD, I WILL GIVE YOUR ENEMY INTO YOUR HAND, AND YOU SHALL DO TO HIM AS IT SHALL SEEM GOOD TO YOU” (1 Sam 24:5)

⏰Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (19 January 2018) ????1 Sam 24:2-20; Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11 (R.v.2a); Mark 3:13-19 There is one thing that is very certain; God does not abandon his own nor allow the enemy triumph over them. And once he makes any promise, he fulfils it to the latter. Consider the victory of David over Saul in that light. Saul was seeking to destroy David because God has destined him to be the king of Israel in his place. But God changed the table; it was now David who had the...

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“BEWARE OF ENVY”

⏰Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (17 January 2018) ????1 Sam 18:6-9, 19:1-7; Ps 52:2-3, 9-10ab, 10c-11, 12-13 (R.v.5b); Mark 3:7-12 Last Sunday, while we reflected on the call of Samuel and how the High Priest, Eli helped him to answer that call, one of my friends made this seemingly hilarious comment on facebook, “Imagine say Eli na modern day Nigerian Man of God… I wonder wetin e for tell young Samuel.” Many of us laughed over it, but the reality is that many modern ‘Elis’ would find a way to cut short the vocation of the...

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“GO, AND THE LORD BE WITH YOU!” (1 Sam 17:37)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (17 Jan 2018 – Memorial of St. Anthony of Egypt) ????1 Sam 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Mark 3:1-6 My dear, yesterday, we were well reassured that with the presence of God around us, there will be no obstacle to our victory. When God speaks, every opposition remains silent (see Mark 3:4). Our destinies are safe in his hands and so, nobody can tamper with it. Of course, that is only if we don’t tamper with it ourselves. The Church teaches that faith alone cannot save us, neither...

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“THE LORD SEES NOT AS MAN SEES” (1 Sam 16:7)

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (16 January 2018) ????1 Sam 16:1-13; Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28 (R.v.21a); Mark 2:23-28 Have you heard about one Igbo name, “Mmaduabuchi,” often written as Mmaduabunechukwu, Mmaduaburochukwu, Mmaduawuchi, etc., depending on which dialect of the Igbo the bearer belongs to. But, it simply means, “Man is not God.” No matter how powerful any man is, he cannot take the position of God in your life. Samuel was a very powerful man among the Israelites – notice the tension the elders had at seeing him in their territory (1 Sam 16:4) –...

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“TO ONE WHOSE WAY IS BLAMELESS, I WILL SHOW THE SALVATION OF GOD” (Ps 50:23)

⏰Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (15 January 2017) ????1 Sam 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Mark 2:18-22 Welcome to this brand new working week! I invite you to embrace the new week without fear because God has promised that you shall be given a new name which the mouth the mouth of God shall declare (cf. Isa 62:2). And with that new name, no longer shall you be associated with bad news again, and your name shall no longer be used to describe a bad event. Amen. He already made that new...