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“I AM SEVEN (7) YEARS A CATHOLIC PRIEST TODAY” And so what?

“I AM SEVEN (7) YEARS A CATHOLIC PRIEST TODAY” And so what?A Reflection on my priestly life at Seven! Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu INTRODUCTIONFor you I am a priest. With you, I am a Christian. I rejoice at what I am with you. But what I am for you terrifies me. St. Augustine Few days ago, a younger colleague of mine, Fr. Dennis came into my room for a chat while he waited for his classmate. We talked about many things, not excluding the fact that I am now a very senior priest. He was of course joking. And...

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“I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND YOU SHALL LIVE” (Ezek 37:14)

⏰Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 August 2020 – Memorial of St. Pius Xth) 📖Ezek 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 22:34-40 🎤”I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND YOU SHALL LIVE” (Ezek 37:14) In continuation of the theme of yesterday, God continues to promise us his spirit. This Spirit will help us to achieve all things we need. After the people of Israel had spent a very long time in exile with accompanying disgrace and oppression, they became totally depressed and lost hope of survival or being restored back to their land....

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LEADERSHIP IN IMITATION OF CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 August 2020) 📖Ezek 34:1-11; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Matt 20:1-16a 🎤LEADERSHIP IN IMITATION OF CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD The Gospels often present Jesus as a humble servant, who came not to be served but to serve (Matt 20:28). His generosity too cannot be equated by any. It is a kind of generosity that throws others into confusion. Consider this in line with the story of the workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16). Among other things, that story tells us that Jesus does not demand so much of us....

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BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY!

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 August 2020) 📖Ezek 28:1-10; Deut 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Matt 19:23-30 🎤BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY! Yesterday, we talked about the need to set our values right. In actual fact, we do not recommend an extraordinary attitude. Being yourself would be enough. The problems we normally have arises from our quest to answer what we are not. This reaches to the extreme when we try to play God. Even when you seem to have an extraordinary gift, try and remain human. It is in that state that God wishes...

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SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT!

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 August 2020) 📖Ezek 24:15-24; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 19:16-22 🎤SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you (2 Cor 13:13). God created everything good for us (Gen 1:31) and he wills that we may reap good fruits of all he had made. All that we need to enjoy this favour is to be with God. So forget about your worries in life and seek God. He shall not disappoint you....

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THE ASCENT OF FAITH AND THE UNIVERSAL MERCY OF GOD

⏰Twentienth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Isaiah 56:1.6-7; Psalm 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R.4); Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Matt 15:21-28 🎤THE ASCENT OF FAITH AND THE UNIVERSAL MERCY OF GOD In the readings of last Sunday, we saw audacity of faith that Peter displayed by daring to accept Jesus invitation to come to him walking on the sea. However, the insufficiency of that faith showed up when he was faced with the troubled sea and took his gaze off Jesus. In the gospel reading of today, the Canaanite woman is set before us as example of undoubting faith which does not...

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“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 August 2020) 📖Ezek 9:1-7, 10:18-22; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.4b); Matt 18:15-20 🎤”WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20) In his formation of a new community out of his disciples, Jesus gave them rules to enable them live well in that community and so enjoy the fruits of mutual love and development. Two of those rules that we considered yesterday are humility and forgiveness of one another. The third, reconciliation (cf. Matt 18:15-20) is an extension of the...

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ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Clare of Assisi) 📖Ezek 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Matt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 🎤ON ACCEPTING THE WORD OF GOD The word of God is instructive, corrective and redemptive. It may not come to us the way we expect or like, and that is why it is at times painful. But its purpose is always for our own good. Some other times, it may be very sweet to our hearing but its demands, very painful to us. Consider that...

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LOOK ONTO JESUS!

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Psalm 85:8ab and 9,10-11, 12-13 (R.v.7); Rom 9:1-5; Matt 14:22-33 LOOK ONTO JESUS! Every sportsman knows the importance of fixing his gaze on the target that would win him the desired point. For instance, every goalkeeper that wants to be efficient at the goalpost must not keep his eyes away from the ball. The same thing happens in our journey of faith. Jesus is object of faith. To win the prize, which is salvation, we must focus our gaze on him. Consider the drama that occurred in today’s Gospel...

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“GOD WILL REPAY EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS CONDUCT” (Matt 16:27)

⏰Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 August 2020) 📖Nah 1:15, 2:2, 3:1-3, 6-7; Deut 32:35cd-36ab, 39abcd, 41 (R.v.39c); Matt 16:24-28 🎤”GOD WILL REPAY EVERYONE ACCORDING TO HIS CONDUCT” (Matt 16:27) Our Catholic Catechism teaches us that God created us to know him, love him, serve him in this world, and be happy with him in the next. That happiness with him in the next is the next is what we call life in abundance, which is what God willed for his people and Jesus came to accomplish (John 10:10). Gaining that life can only be ours...

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