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BREAK THAT BARRIER AND GET TO JESUS!

⏰FRIDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (08 January 2016) 📑1 John 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Luke 5:12-16 🎤BREAK THAT BARRIER AND GET TO JESUS! Jesus is so sweet and fun to be with. He knows exactly how to turn our sorrows into joy. And while men might want to segregate against us, Jesus is ever ready to embrace us. In him is our hope; he is our joy. So shun anything that discourages you and walk up to Jesus. Even if your case is worse than that of a leper, he is ready to make better than a new born baby....

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FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD

⏰THURSDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (10 January 2019) 📑1 John 4:19 – 5:4; Ps 72:1-2, 14 and 15cd, 17 (R.v.11); Luke 4:14-22a 🎤”FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD (1 John 5:4) Yesterday, we made reference to the authority of Jesus over the forces of evil which was symbolized by his walking on the sea (Mark 6:50). In Matt 28:18, he declared the acquisition of such authority, “All authority in heaven and on earth has given to me.” And in Luke 4:18, he tell us the source of that authority, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me…” With such authority,...

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PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

⏰WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (09 January 2019) 📑1 John 4:11-18; Ps 72:1-2, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.11); Mark 6:45-52 🎤”PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR” (1 John 4:18) Can you feel the authoritative and compassionate way in which Jesus brought back calmness to his disciples when they were faced with sea turbulence (Mark 6:45-52)? He walked on top of the sea which means that he has power over the evil powers which are believed to have their dominion in the sea. It is with that sense of authority that he told his disciples, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear” (Mark 6:50). That...

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THE MIRACLE OF LOVE

⏰TUESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY 📑1 John 4:7-10; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8 (R.v.11); Mark 6:34-44 🎤THE MIRACLE OF LOVE To love is to know God because love defines the very essence of God. St John says that “he who loves is born of God and knows God…for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). Hence, to love is to reveal the face of God to the world since it is out love that God sent his only son into the world (1 John 4:9-10).❤ Therefore, as Jesus continued on his mission of revealing the mysteries of the kingdom of God, he chose to...

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THE LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS

⏰MONDAY AFTER EPIPHANY 📑1 John 3:22 – 4:6; Ps 2:7-8, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Matt 4:12-17, 23-25 🎤THE LIGHT DISPELS DARKNESS (cf. John 1:5) Yesterday, we reflected on Jesus who came as light to all the nations. Today, we consider the practical way in which Jesus becomes that light to all.? Matthew tells us of his mission into Capernaum in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, a territory that is further described as the Galilee of the Gentiles (see Matt 4:12-17, 23-25). For the evangelist, this was a fulfillment of a prophecy of restoration made in Isa 9:1-2.? Consider a few details...

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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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