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THE LORD…WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (29 March 2017) Isa 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18 (R.v.8a); John 5:17-30 “THE LORD…WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED” (Isa 49:13) In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses reminded the people of Israel that God chose them from all the nations of the earth and gave them a place of pride as his very own people (cf. Deut 7:6-8). With such an assurance, it was difficult for them to understand why God would allow them to suffer the pains of oppression and separation in exile. I guess they would have joined Horace Duke’s book...

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JESUS, THE SOURCE OF LIVING WATER

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (13 March 2018) ????Ezek 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 (R.v.8); John 5:1-16 ????JESUS, THE SOURCE OF LIVING WATER How do you feel reading through Ezek 47:1-12? Do you see a strong connection between the Temple, from which flows the water that brings life, and Jesus who is the source of living water? (See John 4:14). He had made that strong connection himself when he told the Jews, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). So we can say that Jesus becomes the new Temple that...

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BE PART OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent (27 March 2017) Isa 65:17-21; Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b (R.v.2a); John 4:43-54 BE PART OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH My dear, the prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful message of hope this morning as we begin this new working week. He says that God is going to do something new in our lives (cf. Isa 65:17-21), A-M-E-N! May we see a manifestation of those good tidings in your life this week and beyond through Christ our Lord. Amen. The people of Israel came back from the...

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TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD

⏱FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) ?Josh 5:9a, 10-12; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.9a); 2 Cor 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 ?”TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD” (Ps 34:9)  My dear, since the beginning of Lent, we are continually being called to come back to the Lord with all our hearts. Those who received this call can be classified into two groups – the Saints in need of God’s Mercy and the Saints who had already gained that Mercy. These two categories of people are represented by the two children of the man in the Gospel of today.?➕? You...

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A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART O LORD YOU WILL NOT SPURN

⏰Saturday of the Third Week of Lent (10 March 2018) ????Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab (R. Hos 6:6); Luke 18:9-14 ????”A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART, O LORD, YOU WILL NOT SPURN” (Ps 51:17) What exactly does Jesus stand out to condemn in this Pharisee who went to pray in the Temple with the tax collector? (Luke 18:9-14). Is it now a crime to be righteous? Obviously the Pharisee went extra mile to keep the Law and even added more. He was not an example of the Pharisees who would give others the load that they could not carry themselves. So...

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RETURN TO THE LORD IN LOVE

⏰Friday of the Third Week of Lent (24 March 2017) ????Hos 14:1-9; Ps 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17 (R.v.11a, 9b); Mark 12:28b-34 ????RETURN TO THE LORD IN LOVE Indeed LOVE is the greatest commandment as Jesus said (Mark 12:29-31). If you love God, you will not sin as that causes separation between you and him (Isa 59:2). Hence, the call which Hosea makes to us to return to God is a call for us to re-embrace love for God is love (1 John 4:16). ????If you love your neighbour, you will not tell him a lie since that is...

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I WILL BE YOUR GOD AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE

⏰Thursday of the Third Week of Lent (08 March 2018) ????Jer 7:23-28; Ps 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d-8a); Luke 11:14-23 “I WILL BE YOUR GOD AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE” (Jer 7:23) Since the time of creation, it has always been the desire of God to be in unity with his creatures. St. Pope John Paul II, in his Theology of the Body, talked about the Original Unity that existed between God and man, which was not found between God and other creatures. This Original Unity was lost due to the entrance of Original Sin (see Gen 3:8-10).? However, God...

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GOD IS NEAR US

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent (07 March 2018) ????Deut 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 5:17-19 ????GOD IS NEAR US (cf. Deut 4:7) The evangelist John wrote, “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him” (1 John 4:16). We have said it countless times that being close to God is what enables us gain his blessings and survive in this world that is full of challenges. We can only be close to God when we do his will. Hence, Moses told the people of Israel in Deut 4:1-9...

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LET US FOLLOW JESUS!

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent (21 March 2017) ????Dan 3:2, 11-20; Ps 25:4-5ab, 6, 7cd, 8-9 (R.v.6a); Matt 18:21-35 LET US FOLLOW JESUS! Jesus invites us to follow him in the same way he invited his first disciples (cf. Matt 4:18-21). He also calls us into active ministry as he did to them. This art of following him means learning from him and acting as he would do. One very important thing that Jesus taught us by words and example is how to forgive. First of all, he taught us that forgiveness is a key to opening channels...

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SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY…GREAT IN YOUR MIDST IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL

⏰Monday of the Third Week of Lent (29 February 2016) ?2 Kgs 5:1-15a; Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4 (R. Ps 42:3); Luke 4:24-30 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ?”SING AND SHOUT FOR JOY…GREAT IN YOUR MIDST IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL” (Isa 12:6) My dear, it is a new working week. I don’t know what are your goals and targets this week 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...

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