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BE CONTENTED WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND ARE!

02 JANUARY (Memorial of Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen) ?1 John 2:22-28; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 1:19-28 ?BE CONTENTED WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND ARE! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you.?? Still at the early time of the year, God continues to instruct us on the rules of life that would enable us to reap the benefits of being his true children.?? Yesterday, we learnt from the docility and humility of Mary and the shepherds. Today, we must learn something...

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IT IS THE ENDTIME…

31 December 2015 (The Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-12, 13 (R.v.11a); John 1:1-18 ?IT IS THE ENDTIME… Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his great love endures forever (Ps 118:1).❤ We thank the Lord who made it possible for us to see this final day of the Year 2015. May his name be glorified both now and forever. Amen.? As we observed yesterday, endtime is a period of evaluation. Find out time today to think back and think of how you related with the...

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DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD

30 December 2015 (The Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.11a); Luke 2:36-40 ?”DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD” (Matt 6:33) There is one Igbo song that we normally take at funerals: ?”Nwa nke mmadu che uche ndu gi; “Gini g’abu ugwo olu gi; “Oge ife nke uwa ga-esoro uwa laa? “Nwa nke mmadu che uche ndu gi.”? That song translates thus: “Man think about your life; “What shall be your gain, “When the things of the world would vanish with the world?...

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LOVE IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT

29 DECEMBER (The Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord) ?1 John 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6 (R.v.11a); Luke 2:22-35 ?LOVE IS THE FIRST AND GREATEST COMMANDMENT (Matt 22:37-38) My dear, St Paul really said it and I believe; all things work together unto good for those who love God (Rom 8:28). If you really love God, then you certainly have nothing to be afraid of because it means that you have all that matters.? To love is to keep all the commandments because God is love (1 John 4:16) and all commandments comes from God....

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GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL

28 DECEMBER (Feast of the Holy Innocents) ?1 John 1:5 – 2:2); Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7b-8 (R.v.7ab); Matt 2:13-18 ?”GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL” (1 John 1:5) My dear, as we have stepped into the very last week in the year 2015, I pray that all the good things you ever starts must be directed by God to their fruitful completion through Christ our Lord. Amen.? Today, in the life of the Church, and still in the spirit of Christmas, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents, that is, those children who were...

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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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