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THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION

FRIDAY ?Isa 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14, (R.v.1a); Matt 9:27-31 ?”THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1) The transition from darkness to light is one of the phenomena that is often used to describe the messianic era in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah used it to describe the events surrounding the birth of the Child, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has dawned upon those who lived in the land as dark as death” (Isa 9:2). The evangelist Matthew also borrowed that passage to describe the entrance of Jesus into...

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FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS TOTALLY DEAD

THURSDAY ?Isa 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a, (R.v.26a); Matt 7:21, 24-27 ?FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS TOTALLY DEAD (cf. Jas 2:17) Without prejudice to the context in which St James used the above quote, we shall apply it to our message of today. So instead of using work merely in the context of charity and generosity, we shall extend it here to also mean our active response to our faith in God.?? The prophet Isaiah reminds us that in God, our security is ensured. For them who trust in the Lord, the Lord God will be their everlasting rock...

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WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

TUESDAY “WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” (Luke 1:37) My dear, remember what we said on Sunday about the character of Advent season; it is a period of hope resuscitation. Today, the prophecy of Isaiah in Isa 11:1-10 reminds us of the promise of God to establish a kingdom of justice and peace for his people.?➕? To be just to the text, it was a reaction against the moral bankruptcy of the leaders in Israel, hence God’s promise of an ideal leader who would uphold justice and righteousness.? But there is something very spectacular about how the prophet achieves that purpose...

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EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]… WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT MONDAY “EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]… WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE” (Matt 19:29) My dear, it is yet another beginning – a new working week, the first in the season of Advent, and one which ushers us into the last month of the secular calendar year. Providentially, on this first day of the week, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Andrew, one of the very first apostles of Jesus.? The account of the call of the first four apostles, in the Gospel of Matthew, tells us something very important about their response, “Immediately, they left their...

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YOU SHALL BE CALLED BY A NEW NAME WHICH THE MOUTH OF THE LORD WILL GIVE

⏰SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) 📖Isa 62:1-5; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8, 9-10a and c (R.v.3); 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 🎤”YOU SHALL BE CALLED BY A NEW NAME WHICH THE MOUTH OF THE LORD WILL GIVE” (Isa 62:2) We can prophetically and prayerfully call today a glorious Sunday. The Liturgy of today predisposes us to do so especially when we remember that it is only in God that we can shine out in glory. Both the First Reading and the Gospel point to the restoration of the glory of God among his people. After the people of Israel...

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YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED

⏰THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD 📖Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 (R.v.1); Tit 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 🎤”YOU ARE MY BELOVED SON; WITH YOU I AM WELL PLEASED” (Luke 3:22) Have you been paying attention to the series of liturgical events marking this season of Christmas? You might have noticed the different ways God has been making efforts to reveal himself to us through Jesus Christ. On Christmas day, he sent the angels to reveal the birth of his Son to the Jews. Last Sunday, at the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, he sent...

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LIGHT TO THE NATIONS

⏰THE SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD 📕Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12 🎤LIGHT TO THE NATIONS! In the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, we celebrate God’s revelation of himself to all of humanity, unhindered by any human limitation. Jesus is the light that shines for all to see (cf. John 1:9). Remember that Simeon made reference to that role of being the light to those who sit in darkness and the glory of the people of Israel (Luke 2:32). That indicates a perfect fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah...

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GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

➕SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD – NEW YEAR DAY ?Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.2a); Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 ?GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW Congratulation as you made it to this wonderful year 2016. May it be a year of open doors for more testimonies for you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen.?? At the beginning of every year, which comes exactly eight days after our celebration of the Christmas, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.➕ Through the Second Reading for the celebration, St. Paul gives us...

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BLESSED ARE THEY WHO DWELL IN YOUR HOUSE, O LORD

⏰THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH (YEAR C) 1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28; Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10, 11 (R.v.5a); 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52 “BLESSED ARE THEY WHO DWELL IN YOUR HOUSE, O LORD” (Ps 84:5a) Obviously, the joy of the Christmas season is still in the air. I hope you are sharing well in that joy. May this joy of the new born King never depart from you through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. The family is very important in making the joy of this celebration be felt all over the world. That...

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ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HAVE SEEN THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD – CHRISTMAS DAY ?Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.3cd) ?”ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HAVE SEEN THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD” (Ps 98:3) Celebrating this year’s Christmas within the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to reflect on the great love of God, the Father, which pushed him to send his only begotten son into the world and allow him to die for our sake. In that way, we are called to imitate that great mercy by being its agents towards others.??? The prophet Isaiah tells us about...

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