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THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES CEASES

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (09 October 2016) ????Jonah 1:1-17, 2:1, 10; Jonah 2:2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (R.v.6d); Luke 10:25-37 It is a brand new week, and God has given us a message of hope to begin with as he normally does. He reminds us that his mercy is boundless and invites us to be messengers of that mercy without any hesitation. The stories in the book of Jonah, Chapters 1 and 2 explains well what the prophet Ezekiel meant when he said that God does not want the death of a sinner but that...

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HONOURING A FATHER, MENTOR AND MOTIVATOR, VERY REV. FR. DR. ANTHONY OVAYERO EWHERIDO

I can still remember all that happened! It was in my second year in the Seminary, and I was working in the secretariat department of the Seminary. My HOD, the then Rev. Emmanuel Ochigbo had placed my on special duties under the then Bro Peter Akinkumi, one of the first assistants in the department. In that capacity, I worked with the Labour Department under Rev. Uwalaka Kizito and typed everything “typable” coming from him, and then assisted in re-typing all the reflections Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Ben Etafo ever sent to the Independent Newspaper of Ibadan Archdiocese. We were fresh...

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WE ARE THE VINEYARD AND ITS TENANTS

⏰TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A ????Isa 5:1-7; Psalm 80:8 and 11, 12-13, 14-15 and 17b, 18-19(R. Isa 5:7a); Phil 4:6-9; Matt 21:33-43 My dear, the end is becoming even more imminent, and the reality of accountability at the end is being more emphasized in our readings at this period. May God grant us the wisdom to always take all these messages seriously to avoid being taken unawares in the end. Amen. Today, the theme of the vineyard flows through the Readings and two important issues stare at us from them: ????How do we accept the word of God?...

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“REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” (Luke 10:20)

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 Oct. 2016 – Memorial of Our Lady of Rosary) ????Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29; Ps 69:33-35, 36-37 (R.v.34a); Luke 10:17-24 There are many reasons people go to Church. Some are there to make up the crowd while some come to seek miracles because of troubles. Once they get the desired miracle, they are off again. For such people, God becomes a part-time friend who is visited only when the need arises. What is your own goal in this Christian journey? Where are you heading to? Are you working to get your name...

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“FOR THE SAKE OF THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME, FREE US, O LORD” (Ps 79:9)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (06 Oct. 2016) ????Baruch 1:15-22; Ps 79:1-2, 3-5, 8, 9 (R.v.9bc); Luke 10:13-16 It is said that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov 14:34). After the Jews had returned to their land from exile, some of them remained and settled in some of the colonies of the nations of their exile. They, nonetheless, maintained their religious and cultural identity and still gathered in synagogues. The Book of Baruch came from this setting and was meant to correct the godlessness and materialistic tendencies that have...

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“FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WEPT WHEN THEY HEARD THE WORDS OF THE LAW” (Neh 8:9)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (05 Oct. 2017) ????Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.9ab); Luke 10:1-12 What effect does the word of God have on you when you hear it? Does it incite to repent and begin to live better or are you among those who have become so familiar with it that it makes little or no meaning to them? According to St. Paul, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refuting error, for correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). But today, many of...

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LET US FOLLOW JESUS FAITHFULLY

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (04 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi) ????Neh 2:1-8; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6ab); Luke 9:57-62 Have you ever nursed the desire to follow Jesus or even promised him that you would follow him, but find yourself lagging behind? Don’t worry. There is only one thing you need to do now. Tell Jesus himself to help you follow him. You can never do it it well on your own. He is the one who calls, as well as the sustainer of the call and the defender of...

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“LET US GO WITH YOU, FOR WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD IS WITH YOU” (Zech 8:23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Sixth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (03 Oct. 2017 – Memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) ????Zech 8:20-23; Ps 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.10d); Luke 9:51-56. 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. This celebration has an interesting message for us, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”...

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“ANGELS ON GUARD! KEEP OFF!”

⏰Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels (02 October 2017) ????Exod 23:20-23; Ps 91:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11 (R.v.11); Matt 18:1-5, 10 Have you seen the above inscriptions before? Do you think that it is coined by over-religious people? Better have a rethink because there are indeed angels around you who keep watch over you to protect you. They are called the guardian angels. The term ‘angel’ comes from the Greek word, ‘angelos,’ which is a translation of the Hebrew word, “mal’ak” meaning “messengers.” So in the real sense, they are messengers of God who serve God’s purpose. In this light, they...

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“THERE SHALL COME FORTH A SHOOT FROM THE STUMP OF JESSE, AND A BRANCH SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS” (Isa 11:1)

⏰Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria (01 October 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Eph 2:13-22; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23 Happy Independence Day Nigeria! Again, many people might want to ask me, “What are we celebrating?” In the face of the recent happenings in the country, with the great tension and threats in the air, what is there to celebrate? And I will answer, “Hope!” A lot of people have lost hope in the country really and there are calls for secession here and there. A lot of lives have been lost and there are threats for...

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