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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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PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET

⏱THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR C) ?Exod 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9 ?”PUT OFF YOUR SHOES FROM YOUR FEET” (Exod 3:5) I welcome you this third Sunday of Lent. The Liturgy of last Sunday helped us to construct an image of Jesus as the chosen messiah, but one who is to undergo suffering. Today, the same Liturgy tries to help us follow him up to the mountain where we shall be transfigured with him.?? The mountain is a place of encounter with God. In the First Reading, Moses found...

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GOD OF MERCY AND COMPASSION…

⏰Saturday of the Second Week of Lent (27 February 2016) ?Mic 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 (R.v.8a); Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ?GOD OF MERCY AND COMPASSION… The prayer of the prophet Micah in Mic 7:14-20 reminds us of the great and limitless mercy of God upon his children. He is ever ready to forgive the sins of his children, as he was in the beginning, so he is now, and ever will be. Amen.? Anytime I read the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32, I keep pondering on how extravagant...

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BEWARE OF DREAM KILLERS!

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Lent (26 February 2016) ?Gen 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28; Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 (R.v.5a); Matt 21:33-43, 45-46 ✍Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu (Issele-Uku Diocese) ?BEWARE OF DREAM KILLERS! Can you now see a proof of what the prophet Jeremiah has been telling us since two days ago about putting our trust in God instead of man? Read an account of what happened between Joseph and his brothers in Gen 37. Notice that their hatred for him was because of his dreams (cf. Gen 37:19-20). Beware of those you discuss your dreams and prospects with. Many...

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WAIT UPON THE LORD!

⏰Thursday of the Second Week of Lent (25 February 2016) ?Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Ps 40:5ab); Luke 16:19-31 ?WAIT UPON THE LORD! Do you remember the theme we reflected on yesterday? It says, “Many are the afflictions of the just but from them all, the Lord delivers him. The immediacy of that deliverance might be ascertained but it must surely come to pass because the mouth of the Lord has said so (cf. Isa 55:10-11). The prophet Isaiah noted that it shall come to pass, but in the latter days (Isa 2:2). The prophet Habakkuk...

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… APPOINT FOR US A KING TO GOVERN US LIKE ALL THE NATIONS

⏰Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (15 January 2016) ?1 Sam 8:4-7, 10-22a; Ps 89:16-17, 18-19 (R.v.2a); Mark 2:1-12 ?”… APPOINT FOR US A KING TO GOVERN US LIKE ALL THE NATIONS” (1 Sam 8:5) Social influence is not bad in itself but if it does not take us to our ultimate goal, which is found in the spiritual realm, it would be a scam.? Consider its effects in both 1 Sam 8:1ff and Mark 2:1-12❗ In the first, the people asked Samuel to appoint a king for them, and insisted on it even after Samuel...

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A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART YOU WILL NOT SPURN

⏰Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (14 January 2016) ?1 Sam 4:1-11; Ps 44:10, 11, 14-15, 24-25 (R.v.27b); Mark 1:40-45 ?”A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART YOU WILL NOT SPURN” (Ps 51:17) The word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “… If my people who bear my name humble themselves, and pray and look for me and turn from their wicked ways, then I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land.”? That exactly was the difference between the Israelites who brought the ark of the covenant into the camp to ginger...

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…SAY, ‘SPEAK, LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT HEARS

⏰Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (13 January 2016) ?1 Sam 3:1-10, 19-20; Ps 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a, 9a); Mark 1:29-39 ?”…SAY, ‘SPEAK, LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT HEARS’” (1 Sam 3:9) Prov 22:6 says, “Teach the child the way he should go, and he will not stray from it even when he is old.” The truth is that many of us are what we are today because our parents started on time to show us the way that leads to life.???? Hannah took the boy Samuel and placed him in the Temple so...

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