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THE THEOLOGY OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Easter (13 April 2018) 📕Acts 5:34-42; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.4ac); John 6:1-15 How do you look at the miracle of the multiplication of loaves in John 6:1-15? Maybe you see Jesus as a magician who doubled each particle of the bread and so the multiple. Well, given the character of the gospel of John that allows for dual interpretation, that assertion could be true because Jesus, as God, could do anything he wants. However, that miracle can otherwise be seen as the miracle of generosity instead of loaves. Do you not think that...

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“WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN” (Acts 5:29)

⏰Thursday of the Second Week of Easter (12 April 2018) 📕Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20 (R.v.7a); John 3:31-36 When you are threatened by a force which seems to be beyond your strength especially at the exercise of your faith, what do you do? 👉At the office when the only option for appointment or promotion is to pay in cash or in kind; 👉When premarital sex is the only condition to get married; 👉When you are falsely accused of an evil act and the only way to prove your innocence is to swear before an oracle; 👉When speaking...

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“LOOK, I HAVE OPENED A DOOR BEFORE YOU WHICH NOBODY CAN SHUT” (Rev 3:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter (11 April 2018) 📕Acts 5:17-26; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.7a); John 3:16-21 My dear, the word of God cannot be caged nor stopped from fulfilling its purpose; no opposition can stop its fearless and raging force (read Acts 5:17-26). The high priest and the Sadducees tried to cage this word as the Apostles went about proclaiming it but the angel of the Lord would not allow them to succeed. Nobody can hinder the word from achieving its purpose (cf. Isa 55:10-11). This same word of God says that there is no condemnation...

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“THEY WERE OF ONE HEART AND SOUL” (Acts 4:32)

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter (05 April 2016) ?Acts 4:32-37; Ps 93:1abc, 1c-2, 5 (R.v.1a); John 3:7b-15 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ?”THEY WERE OF ONE HEART AND SOUL” (Acts 4:32) The Catholic Catechism defines Baptism as a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church. This Sacrament compels us to come out of our old selves and imposes on us the responsibility to live, no longer for ourselves alone, but for Christ and others. That is an implication of what Jesus says to Nicodemus that...

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“…LET IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD” (Luke 1:38)

⏰Solemnity of the Annunciation (25 March 2017) ????Isa 7:10-14, 8:10; Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11 (R.v.8a, 9a); Heb 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38 ????”…LET IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD” (Luke 1:38) It is about 9 months to Christmas from now. Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of the promised saviour of the world. As childbirth is not something that comes spontaneously, the Church looks back to the moment which initiated the fulfilment of that promise. The high point of that moment is in Mary’s response to the Angel’s message, “Let it be to me according to your...

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WHEN GOD BECOMES ELUSIVE: ON THE POST-RESURRECTION EXPERIENCES OF THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS

WHEN GOD BECOMES ELUSIVE: ON THE POST-RESURRECTION EXPERIENCES OF THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS INTRODUCTION There are different times in life when things become so difficult for us such that confusion begins to set in and sometimes leading to the question on why they are still leaving or even whether there is really God above. When this is not well managed, it leads to depression and often, especially in extreme cases, can lead to one considering suicide as an option. This trend is sometimes more prevalent among the youths and that explains why many youths run into crisis, depression and criminality. Normally,...

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THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY

⏰Second Sunday of Easter (Year C) 📖Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4, 22-24, 25-27a (R.v.1); Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 🎤THE DOUBTING THOMAS, COMMUNITY LIFE AND THE DIVINE MERCY In the past two liturgical years – A & B – the liturgy of this very day, that is Second Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday),L brought to our view the roles of faith and love in the life of every Christian. This year, while those roles are still kept in view, the centrality and primacy of the Word of God in Christian life are emphasized. This emphasis is made basically in the First...

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“GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE WHOLE CREATION” (Mark 16:15)

⏰Saturday Within the Octave of Easter (22 April 2018) 📕Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 15c-18, 19-21 (R.v.21a); Mark 16:9-15 If it was hard for the disciples, who were members of Jesus’ inner caucus to understand the resurrection of Jesus, imagine how harder it would be for those who were outside that circle. That is why evangelization is a necessity to them, and by extension, to us. To be able to bear true witness to the Gospel, we need to be authentic and humble. Imagine uneducated disciples performing miracles and teaching the people sound theology which the learned leaders of...

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“THERE IS NO OTHER NAME…BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED” (Acts 4:11)

⏰Friday Within the Octave of Easter (06 April 2018) 📕Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27ab (R.v.22); John 21:1-14 After the resurrection of Jesus, it was difficult for the disciples to fully understand what has taken place. In fact, some of them went back to their old business. Peter and some other members of the Twelve were part of these (cf. John 21:2-3). Jesus kept appearing to them to reassure them that he was real and his mission is true. At this instance, they had laboured in vain all night without catching anything but Jesus came up and He...

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BEARING TRUE WITNESS TO GOD…

⏰Thursday Within the Octave of Easter (05 April 2018) 📕Acts 3:11-26; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.2ab); Luke 24:35-48 “To God be glory for ever and ever” (Gal 1:5). After the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate (Acts 3:1ff), the apostles must have become instant VIPs but that did not get into their heads. They still remembered that it was through the name of Jesus that they were able to do it and informed the people so (cf. Acts 3:12ff). How many times do we remember to channel back the glory sincerely to God after we...

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