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LET THE SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU

26 DECEMBER (Feast of St. Stephen) ?Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Ps 31:3bc-4, 6 and 8ab, 16bc and 17 (R.v.6a); Matt 10:17-22 ?LET THE SPIRIT OF GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU (cf. Matt 10:18) We give thanks to God for his love and mercy upon us, and for the opportunity to reflect on his Word daily. May his name be glorified both now and forever. Amen.? We pray that he may allow his Word to penetrate the innermost part of our being and give us the grace to serve him more faithfully not minding the danger that might want to scare us away...

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BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL

24 DECEMBER ?2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.v.2a); Luke 1:67-79 ?”BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL” (Luke 1:67) Do you not have any cause in your life to give thanks to God? Zechariah bursted out to sing the ‘Benedictus’ (Luke 1:67-79); Mary sang the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:46-56) just like Hannah (1 Sam 2:1-11).?? Even if you think that your life and situations have been something close to hell this year, St Paul still encourages you, “Give thanks to God in all circumstances for that is the will of God for you...

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I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES

23 DECEMBER ?Mal 3:1-4, 4:5-6; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R. Luke 21:28); Luke 1:57-66 ?”I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 3:23) Still in the mood of thanksgiving. God has shown me so great love and I will continue to serve him till when it pleases him that I should breath my last. May his name be glorified both now and for ever. Amen.? The Day of the Lord is seen as the day in which God is going to save Israel from the hand of their oppressors. The people...

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LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD

22 DECEMBER ?1 Sam 1:24-28; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd (R.v.1a); Luke 1:46-56 ?LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD Today is a day of thanksgiving for me. It is on this day, exactly one year ago, that God saved me from a terrible accident in which I lost my car but was miraculously left without a scratch. Join me then singing praises to the Lord and in praying that I will always honour him with holiness of life.?? Do you think that God has done any great thing for you? Have you ever thought of giving back something to...

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ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY

21 DECEMBER ?Song 2:8-14; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 (R.v.1a, 3a); Luke 1:39-45 ?”ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY” (Song 2:10) My dear, we begin this new working week with a love story – the love of God. May God’s love envelope you today and beyond in all that you do through Christ our Lord. Amen.?? The Book of the Song of Songs contains some poems that expresses a kind of love between the lover and the beloved. A theological interpretation of that sees God as the lover and we the beloved. In Song 2:8-14, the lover advances to meet the...

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BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON

19 DECEMBER ?Judg 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 (R.v.8a); Luke 1:5-25 ?”BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON” (Judg 13:3) My dear, you are a child of destiny. Never allow the enemy to minister failure into your life. God who created you did so for a purpose. So never think that the Lord has abandoned you or does not answer you in times of your needs.? Have you read the account of the announcement of the birth of Samson (Judg 13:2-25) or that of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)? Did...

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THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

18 DECEMBER ?Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.7); Matt 1:18-24 ?”THE LORD IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jer 23:6) The psalmist says, “In his days shall justice flourish, and great peace forever” (Ps 72:7). That’s why Herod was uncomfortable when the prophecy was about to be fulfilled. Darkness and light does not meet. When light comes, darkness gives way.? The prophet Jeremiah, in Jer 23, was speaking to a people who no longer found meaning in God and in their religious worship because some evil kings have been misleading them. So after his oracles against the kings (Jer 22:10-30), Jeremiah gave...

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THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED

17 DECEMBER ?Gen 49:2, 8-10, ; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 (R.v.7); Matt 1:1-17 ?”THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED” (1 Tim 2:4) Right from the beginning, after the fall of man, God had a plan for his salvation. Jacob must therefore have been inspired to make that prophecy concerning Judah that, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah…until he comes to whom it belongs; and to him shall be the obedience of the people” (Gen 49:10).? We can understand that that prophecy preempts the promise made to David that his dynasty shall last for ever (2 Sam 7:13), which found...

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THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD

WEDNESDAY ?Isa 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. see Isa 45:8); Luke 7:19-22 ?”THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD” (Deut 6:4) Fresh from the land of exile and slavery, where they experienced polytheism (the idea of many gods) and religious prostitution, the people of Israel needed to be reminded that they have only one God, who is able to do all things well for them, and under whom they shall experience victory and glory (see Isa 45:6-25).? That reminder is equally very important for us in our day, when great confusion abound, as to...

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THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM

TUESDAY ?Zeph 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23, (R.v.7a); Matt 21:28-32 ?THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM (cf. Ps 34:6) The scripture says in 2 Chron 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal the land.”???? The prophet Zephaniah reiterates this point in Zeph 3:1-13. The defiled, rebellious and oppressing city is invited to change her ways so that, “On that day [she] shall not...

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