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“FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH” (Eph 2:8)

⏰Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????2 Chron 36:14-16, 19-23; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6ab); Eph 2:4-10; John 3:14-21 Today, being the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the Second Scrutiny in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the candidates who are preparing for Baptism at Easter Vigil. We pray to the Lord for them, that they may imbibe a true spirit of repentance and understanding of sin and for freedom from the powers of the evil one. Amen. The readings of today remind us of God’s faithfulness to his promises and the need for us...

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“SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY…GREAT IN YOUR MIDST IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL” (Isa 12:6)

⏰Monday of the Third Week of Lent (05 March 2018) ????2 Kings 5:1-15a; Ps 42:2, 3, 43:3, 4 (R. see Ps 42:3); Luke 4:24-30 My dear, it is a new working week. I don’t know what are your goals and targets this month or what might be posing serious threats to the actualisation of your goals. Do not be afraid! Look around you and see that great around you is the Holy One of Israel. Once you plan with him, you will always end in victory. Most times, we give in to fear or even experience failure because we fail...

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“PURIFY YOURSELVES FOR TOMORROW THE LORD WILL BE IN YOUR MIDST DOING WONDERS” (Josh 3:5)

⏰Third Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Exod 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R. cf. John 6:68); 1 Cor 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Today is the Third Sunday of Lent. In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which culminates in Baptism at Easter Vigil, this is the day in which we have what is called the First Scrutiny/Purification. The Second and Third Scrutiny would come up on the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Lent respectively. The period of Scrutiny is a period reflection and purification. Here, the elect (that is, those who were admitted into the process of RCIA...

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GOD IS MERCY AND COMPASSION

⏰Saturday of the Second Week of Lent (03 March 2018) ????Mic 37:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Matt 15:1-3, 11-32 The prayer of the prophet Micah in Mic 7:14-20 reminds us of the great and limitless mercy of God upon his children. He is ever ready to forgive the sins of his children, as he was in the beginning, so he is now, and ever will be. Amen. Anytime I read the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, I keep pondering on how extravagant this God could also be in showing this mercy. One attitude of...

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YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Lent (02 March 2018) ????Gen 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28; Ps 105:15-17, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.5a); Matt 21:33-43, 45-46 My dear, Joseph was a simple young man who was blessed by God with an extraordinary gift of dreams. For this singular reason of God’s blessings on him, his brothers became so jealous and sought to eliminate him. But their evil plan rather made it quicker for Joseph to get down to Egypt, his land of glory (Gen 37:28) free of charge. Never worry when the evil ones seem to manipulate your God-given destiny; they can never succeed...

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ONE WITH GOD IS MAJORITY

⏰Second Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Gen 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 116:10 and 15, 16-17, 18-19 (R.v.9); Rom 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 The faithfulness of God to those who put their trust in him cannot be put to question. That is one point that St. Paul makes in the Second Reading. If he would not spare his only Son but gave him up to save us, what could he not do for us? See a connection between that and what Abraham did in the First Reading. It portrays the highest form of loyalty. Therefore, we must make effort to see...

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THE CRY OF A PRIEST

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okami As I drove back from Lagos to my small village in Isolo-Opin, I was praying and hoping someone will just send me a token to cater for some basic needs and fulfil some of the commitments of charity I made. The whole of last Sunday collection, I used half to purchase fuel, I used half to pay someone’s hospital bills. Meaning, I am broke already #broken like the bread I break daily# While I was driving and hoping, someone called me and begged me to help her, she needs 20k for her daughter’s school fees and...

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“O THAT TODAY YOU WILL LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART” (Ps 94:7-8)

⏰Wednesday of the First Week of Lent (21 February 2018) ????Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.19b); Luke 11:29-32 I don’t know what you think about the book of Jonah; whether real or not. But one thing is sure – the message. The generosity of God in showing mercy to those who turn to him is great. In the first place, it makes the prophecy of Ezekiel true when he said that God does not want the death of a sinner but that he might repent and be saved (Ezek 33:11). It equally makes true the prophecy of Isaiah in...

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A NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT

First Sunday of Lent (Year B) ????Gen 9:8-15; Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.10); 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Traditionally, in the Catholic Church, today, being the First Sunday in Lent, we begin a journey with the Catechumens who are to be baptised in Easter. This journey starts with the enrolment of their names at the Rite of Election. At this point, the catechumens are encouraged to advance towards Christ with even greater generosity. At Baptism, we enter into a covenant with God through Christ in the waters of the baptismal font. This water, as St. Peter tells us in the...

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FOCUS ON GOD NO MATTER THE TRIAL

⏰Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time II (12 Feb 2017) ????Jam 1:1-11; Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76 (R.v.77); Mark 8:11-13 It is a new working week. I pray that God may visit you with renewed strength to do all you can this week to follow him faithfully and do your work with the good of others in mind. May you spend the end of this week recounting in testimonies, the multiple blessings of God. Amen. I often wonder what Jesus would call our generation now if he called his own generation a wicked one simply because...

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