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“OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Nov 2018 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) 📖Rev 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-3, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R. Rev 5:10); Luke 19:41-44 Do you understand what the psalmist meant when he says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man who cannot save” (Ps 146:3)? If you are yet to understand that, ask an average Nigerian to define the term, “Politician” to you. You will surely get an answer that would shock you. (Well, not all politicians are bad but the many bad eggs silence the few good ones). That...

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LOOK UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOUR OPEN DOOR (cf. Rev 4:1)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 Nov. 2018 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Rev 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. Rev 4:8b); Luke 19:11-28 Child of God, I pray for you this morning, that as you continue to wade through the material and spiritual challenges of this present life, may the heavens open to grant you all the help you need and also lead you to see God face to face in the end. Amen. Indeed, life may not be very easy to live in, but looking up to heaven can...

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IN THE END, WE SHALL BE VICTORIOUS!

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16:5 and 8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32 My dear, the end is very imminent, with just one more Sunday to go. Recall one very important point that we made last Sunday. It is the fact that God has done everything well for us, and whatever we might decide to give him is in appreciation to that which he already did for us. That point was solidified today even while the readings tried to remind us of the certainty of the end time. Ordinarily, when the end...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Nov. 2018 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary) 📖3 John 5-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Luke 18:1-8 Remember that we already saw that love could be a veritable instrument of fostering unity. Now, the evangelist John goes ahead to encourage the early Christians on the importance of showing hospitality to strangers, especially the missionaries who have left everything for the sake of the Gospel (cf. 3 John 5-8). In doing that, we would once more be assisting Christ indirectly in line with the demands for the kingdom of...

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“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD” (cf. 119:1b)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 Nov. 2018) 📖2 John 4-9; Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18 (R.v.1b); Luke 17:26-37 As we gradually draw closer to the end of the liturgical year, the readings of this period keep taking our minds back to the time of the ultimate end of all things. The Gospel calls us to fix our mind on this reality so that whenever it happens, it shall not be an accident to us. The point we must hold on to is that call to move out of ourselves and consider the things...

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JESUS HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU AND FOR ME

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (15 Nov. 2018) 📖Phlm 7-20; Ps 146:6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 (R.v.5a); Luke 17:20-25 Have you read the Letter of St. Paul to Philemon? It is an interesting piece. Find time to read it. As you do so, you will notice the fortunes of the slave boy, Onesimus, completely for the best and beyond expectations. And I tell you this! Forget about public opinion on you and people’s condemnation of your faith, and hold on sincerely to Christ. You shall equally be lifted up beyond human expectations. Amen. Now, strictly speaking, we are...

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THANK YOU JESUS!

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 Nov. 2018) 📖Titus 3:1-7; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Luke 17:11-19 My dear, have you become so familiar with the daily routine of events that you fail to see the hands of God in it? Or do you consider the good things that come to you in life as God’s fulfilment of his own responsibility after you have served him? In other words, do you see it as your right to receive God’s blessings? That must have been the error of the remaining 9 lepers who did not come...

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BE A FAITHFUL AND HUMBLE STEWARD

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 Nov. 2018) 📖Titus 2:1-8, 11-14; Ps 37:3-4, 18 and 23, 27 and 29 (R.v.39a); Luke 17:7-10 When I was in the major seminary, one quotation from the scriptures that every one of us expected to hear from our Bishop is Luke 17:10. He used that to remind us of the importance of humility even when you feel that you have performed excellently in your pastoral duty because, the work is not ours but the God’s work (cf. John 10:32; 17:4), and so, it is a privilege that we partake in...

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BE AN EXAMPLE THAT OTHERS CAN FOLLOW (1 Pet 5:3)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 Nov. 2018 – Memorial of St. Josaphat) 📖Titus 1:1-9; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 17:1-6 May grace and peace be with you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour (Tit 1:4). Imagine how much time we spend criticizing our leaders in the society of bad leadership! The time could be put into better use but trying to do better. No matter how small a leader is, he must have diehard followers. These try as much as they can to do what he does. The identity of the...

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕1 Kgs 17:10-16; Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 (R.v.1b); Heb 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 We are gradually coming to the end of the Churchs Liturgical Year and the end of the secular calendar year. What are you going to use for a thanksgiving to God for seeing you through to these ends and for enriching you with his blessings? The liturgy of today tells us that whatever we shall give must be something that comes within our hearts and not what we shall give for a show or what we are compelled to give by...

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