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YOU TOO ARE IMPORTANT BEFORE GOD

⏰Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter (07 May 2018) 📖Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R.v.4a); John 15:26 – 16:4a At the beginning of this new working week, my dear, we are reminded that God can choose just anyone or anything to do his work, even ordinary or unusual people or things. That tells us that before God, there is no favouritism. Otherwise, salvation would have remained simply for the Jews without considering the gentiles and, by extension, you and me. And may God use you in a great way this week and beyond so that you...

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LOVE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

⏰SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.2); 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 We shall never get tired of pointing out that Christianity is a vocation of love. Without love, we cannot be said to be Christians. God created man out of love and came to redeem him due to that love. He then commands us to love one another as loved us (cf. John 13:34). This is the last Sunday before the Ascension of the Lord. There are two very important things that we must have to get from todays liturgy. The...

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CHANGING THE STATUS OF THE ‘GLORIFIED ORPHANAGES’ WE CALL HOMES

INTRODUCTION Last year, in our article, RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALT A NATION (Prov 14:34), we looked at the rapid way in which wickedness and other forms of evil are making their way back to our home town. We considered the cause of that to be our detour from the ways of God. But our further reflection on the subject matter tells us that it is something more. While we might be right in thinking that our movement away from God is the reason for the enthronement of such evil, something obviously led to that detour. This is what I consider as parental...

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“PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU” (John 14:27)

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (1 May 2018 – Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker) 📖Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21 (R.v.12a); John 14:27-31a Today is a day of many beginnings and celebrations. It is the first day of the month and in the Church, this is one of the two months of special devotion to our Mother Mary, our great intercessor. It is also the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker and the Workers Day. Over the time, our workers are not well treated all over the world. Considered from the Nigerian perspective, one could view the...

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RETHINKING OUR MANNERS ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA

INTRODUCTION “If the media are to be correctly employed, it is essential that all who use them know the principles of the moral order and apply them faithfully in this domain.” (Inter Mirifica, 4) I had intended to begin a series which I would want to use woo the youth to an active and sincere participation in politics. My motivation for that is my belief that only the youth can save themselves; the old generation virtually has little or nothing to offer us to improve our future. Therefore, unless we snatch our future back from their hands, they will continue...

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PRAYER IS THE MASTER KEY!

⏰FEAST OF OUR LADY, MOTHER OF AFRICA (30 April 2018) 📖Acts 1:12-14; Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55 (R.v.49); John 2:1-11 My dear, today is the first working day of the week and the last day in the Month of April. I wouldn’t know how you fared in this outgoing month. Hope you achieved your goals. As the month ends, I pray that it may put a stop to your disappointments and that in the incoming months, blessings and breakthroughs shall be your lot through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Church in Africa, today celebrates the Feast of our Lady,...

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HE IS THE VINE, WE ARE THE BRANCHES (cf. John 15:5)

⏰FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B) 📕Acts 9:26-31; Ps 22:26b-27, 28 and 30, 31-32 (R.v.26b); 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Last Sunday, we reflected on Jesus the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Today, we reflect of Jesus, the vine that gives life and provides strength to his disciples, the branches. Without the vine, the branches are nothing. After all these lessons that show us how much God loves and cares for us, next Sunday, which would be the last Sunday before the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, Jesus would now send forth his disciples to...

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“FOR THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE, TO KNOW YOU THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND THE ONE YOU SENT, JESUS CHRIST” (John 17:3)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (28 April 2018) 📖Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 14:7-14 The Gospel of John cannot get tired of calling us into faith in Jesus as that is its primary project. Believing in Jesus is more important than our comfort since that is what guarantees eternal life for us (cf. John 20:31). You can then see that, in John’s Gospel, most of the works that Jesus did among the people are called SIGNS and not MIRACLES. They are signs that should point out the divinity of Jesus to us (see John 14:11)....

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“I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE” (John 10:10)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter (23 April 2018) 📕Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3, 4,(R. Mark 42:3ab); John 10:1-10 As we enter yet another working week and continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth, the message of Jesus as the good shepherd is continued today in order to remind us that with him by our side, we shall lack nothing. The picture that is painted in John 10:1-10 is one that presents the Good Shepherd as one who provides and protects. The sheepfold is a place of safety for the sheep. The Israelites normally make use of a...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP (John 10:11)

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) 📕Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 21-23, 26 and 28-29 (R.v.22); 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1 Sam 17:34-36). See...

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