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“A HUMBLED, CONTRITE HEART YOU WILL NOT SPURN” (Ps 51:17)

⏰Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (16 January 2020) 📖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 (15 January 2020) 📖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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TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

⏰Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (14 January 2020) 📖1 Sam 1:9-20; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8bcd (R.v.1a); Mark 1:21b-28 🎤TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER 🎼What a friend we have in Jesus! All our sins and grief to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.🎷 After receiving the comforting words from her husband, as we saw yesterday (cf. 1 Sam 1:8), Hannah went to open her...

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AM I NOT MORE TO YOU THAN TEN SONS?

⏰Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (13 January 2020) 📖1 Sam 1:1-8; Ps 116:12-13, 14 and 17, 18-19 (R.v.17a); Mark 1:14-20 🎤”AM I NOT MORE TO YOU THAN TEN SONS?” (1 Sam 1:8) My dear, I welcome you back fully to the ordinary time of the year. As we have always noted in this forum, there is nothing ordinary about the Ordinary Time; it is just the way of talking about the orderly way in which it is arranged in 34 weeks. Again, in ordinary time, the green colour is mainly used at liturgical celebrations. Green...

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KEEP YOURSELF FROM IDOLS (1 John 5:21)

⏰SATURDAY AFTER EPIPHANY (12 January 2019) 📑1 John 5:14-21; Ps 149:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc, 17 (R.v.4a); John 3:22-30 🎤KEEP YOURSELF FROM IDOLS (1 John 5:21) An idol can be seen as anything that takes over the place of God in your life or takes priority anytime over God in your life. Most times, I warn people to desist from carrying their phones to Church because of this. If you are with your phone on in the Church when you had come to worship and the phone rings, and you go out to answer, for a moment you have left...

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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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