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GOOD COLLABORATORS WITH CHRIST

⏰THE MEMORIAL OF SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS (26 January 2018) ????2 Tim 1:1-8 (or Tit 1:1-5); Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 (R.v.3); Luke 10:1-9 ????GOOD COLLABORATORS WITH CHRIST The Letter to the Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember your leaders, who preached the word of God to you, and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.” This is one reason why we celebrate the saints in the Church. So as we celebrate today, St. Timothy and St. Titus who were both coworkers with the apostle Paul, we learn from their lives that we too can become good...

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THE CAPACITY AND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE

⏰THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL (25 January 2018) ????Acts 22:3-16; Ps 117:1, 2, (R. Mark 16:15); Mark 16:15-18 ????THE CAPACITY AND THE COURAGE TO CHANGE May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit dwell with you (2 Cor 13:13) both now and forever, Amen. The celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, among other things, tells us that no matter how bad our past has been, we can begin anew. St. Paul was a zealous persecutor of the Christians before Jesus arrested him...

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THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (24 January 2018 – Memorial of St. Francis de Sales) ????2 Sam 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30 (R.v.29a); Mark 4:1-20 Did you hear what God said to David concerning his offspring? “When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him… but I will NOT take my merciful love from him” (2 Sam 7:14-15). That kind of everlasting love is what we are called to emulate. Jesus goes about taking this mercy to the people in places where they are. This is why he was mostly found in synagogues and beside the...

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IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, THERE IS FULLNESS OF JOY (cf. Ps 16:11)

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time II (23 Jan 2018) ????2 Sam 6:12b-15, 17-19; Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10 (R.v.8ab); Mark 3:31-35 ????When I come into your presence, I am so happy; When I come into your presence, I am so glad; In your presence there is anointing, and the spirit moves around me; In your presence, anointing breaks the yoke.???? There is nothing as beautiful as being in the presence of God and having God in your life. For the people of Israel, the Ark of the Covenant is a sign of the presence of God. When...

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YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE!

⏰Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time II (22 Jan 2018) ????2 Sam 5:1-7, 10; Ps 59:20, 21-22, 25-26 (R.v.25a); Mark 3:22-30 My dear, in this new working week, I pray that nothing shall stand in your way to achieving your destiny and that you may emerge victorious in all things especially in your spiritual battles against the enemies of Christ. Amen. Whatever God says you shall be is what you must be. The enemy might try for a while to plant an evil seed in your life in order to bring you pains, but your faith in God...

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COME BACK TO THE LORD (Hos 14:2)

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Jesus began his ministry of preaching with a call to conversion, an indication of a continuity from where John left. But not just a continuity; there is an introduction of a new message that needs a radical change. That points to the strong desire of God to make sure that man gets the salvation he has prepared for him. Right from the moment man fell from grace, God began this mission of redeeming him. Hence, the story of...

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“BEHOLD, I WILL GIVE YOUR ENEMY INTO YOUR HAND, AND YOU SHALL DO TO HIM AS IT SHALL SEEM GOOD TO YOU” (1 Sam 24:5)

⏰Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (19 January 2018) ????1 Sam 24:2-20; Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11 (R.v.2a); Mark 3:13-19 There is one thing that is very certain; God does not abandon his own nor allow the enemy triumph over them. And once he makes any promise, he fulfils it to the latter. Consider the victory of David over Saul in that light. Saul was seeking to destroy David because God has destined him to be the king of Israel in his place. But God changed the table; it was now David who had the...

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“BEWARE OF ENVY”

⏰Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (17 January 2018) ????1 Sam 18:6-9, 19:1-7; Ps 52:2-3, 9-10ab, 10c-11, 12-13 (R.v.5b); Mark 3:7-12 Last Sunday, while we reflected on the call of Samuel and how the High Priest, Eli helped him to answer that call, one of my friends made this seemingly hilarious comment on facebook, “Imagine say Eli na modern day Nigerian Man of God… I wonder wetin e for tell young Samuel.” Many of us laughed over it, but the reality is that many modern ‘Elis’ would find a way to cut short the vocation of the...

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“GO, AND THE LORD BE WITH YOU!” (1 Sam 17:37)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (17 Jan 2018 – Memorial of St. Anthony of Egypt) ????1 Sam 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Mark 3:1-6 My dear, yesterday, we were well reassured that with the presence of God around us, there will be no obstacle to our victory. When God speaks, every opposition remains silent (see Mark 3:4). Our destinies are safe in his hands and so, nobody can tamper with it. Of course, that is only if we don’t tamper with it ourselves. The Church teaches that faith alone cannot save us, neither...

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“THE LORD SEES NOT AS MAN SEES” (1 Sam 16:7)

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (16 January 2018) ????1 Sam 16:1-13; Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28 (R.v.21a); Mark 2:23-28 Have you heard about one Igbo name, “Mmaduabuchi,” often written as Mmaduabunechukwu, Mmaduaburochukwu, Mmaduawuchi, etc., depending on which dialect of the Igbo the bearer belongs to. But, it simply means, “Man is not God.” No matter how powerful any man is, he cannot take the position of God in your life. Samuel was a very powerful man among the Israelites – notice the tension the elders had at seeing him in their territory (1 Sam 16:4) –...

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