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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...

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“BLESSED ARE ALL WHO FEAR THE LORD AND WALK IN HIS WAYS” (Ps 128:1)

⏰Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) ????Prov 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (R.v.1a); 1Thess 5:1-6; Matt 25:14-30 With just one more Sunday to go in this Liturgical Year, the Church reminds us in practical terms the need to be ready at all times for the endtime when we shall be required to give an account of our lives. The tone of the Second Reading suggests that the Thessalonians were anticipating an imminent parousia (the second coming of Jesus) and were becoming confused over its delay and the death of their fellow brethren before the time. But the...

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“WISDOM IS A SPOTLESS MIRROR OF THE WORKING OF GOD AND AN IMAGE OF HIS GOODNESS” (Wis 7:26)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (16 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 7:22 – 8:1; Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175 (R.v.89a); Luke 17:20-25 Do you think that those who play games in evil and succeed are wise? If we understand that wisdom is a gift of God (cf. Isa 11:2), then, it won’t be difficult for us to understand that nothing evil can be associated with wisdom. Wisdom orders us towards virtues (see Wis 7:22 – 8:1). Therefore, at those times when I cheat people in the market and succeed in making big gain, or those times...

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“MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH” (Ps 121:2)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (15 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 6:1-11; Ps 82:3-4, 6-7 (R.v.8a); Luke 17:11-19 Today, the writer of the Book of Wisdom turns his attention to the kings and leaders. He envisaged the saying of St. Paul that all authority comes from God (cf. Rom 13:1) and can only be well exercised with the help of God. Hence, he advised all leaders to submit themselves into God’s hands in order to be successful in their position and lead the people in freedom and righteousness. Same thing applies to all our affairs. If we turn...

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“THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD” (Wis 3:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (14 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 2:23 – 3:7; Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.2a); Luke 17:7-10 My dear, as you begin this new day, I pray that the Lord may do something new and beautiful for you and with you today. May you be a sign of God’s favour and a source of testimony today and beyond through Christ our Lord. Amen. Yesterday, we introduced the Book of Wisdom, one of the deuterocanonical (apocrypha) books of the Old Testament which instructs the people to take pride in remaining faithful to God. It is...

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“LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS… SEEK [THE LORD] WITH SINCERITY OF HEART” (Wis 1:1)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (13 Nov. 2017) ????Wis 1:1-7; Ps 139:1-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10 (R.v.24b); Luke 17:1-6 It is a new working week, and I pray for you that in this week, the favour of God shall follow you wherever you go. This week shall not end in pains for you and your family. As the Lord lives, you shall be blessed, and be a source of blessing to all who encounter you this week through Christ our Lord. Amen. To win such a blessing from God, the psalmist that you must live in the...

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