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ABIDE IN JESUS SO THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE (cf. John 15:11)

⏰Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter (02 May 2024 – Memorial of St. Athanasius) 📖Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 10 (R.v.3); John 15:9-11 🎤ABIDE IN JESUS SO THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE (cf. John 15:11) Whenever the followers of Jesus are faced with serious crisis, they always refer it to the disciples in Jerusalem. With the circumcision-associated crisis that rocked the early Church, they made recourse to the disciples. This led to the convoking of the First Jerusalem Council (cf. Acts 15:1-21). Beyond the matters of crisis, most important decisions and clarification of the matters of faith were...

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STRIVE TO REMAIN WITH JESUS

⏰Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter (1 May 2024 – Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker) 📖Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5 (R.v.1); John 15:1-8 🎤STRIVE TO REMAIN WITH JESUS Today is the first day of the month, and in the Church, this is one of the two months of special devotion to our Mother Mary, our great intercessor. It is also the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, and the Workers Day. Over time, our workers are not well treated all over the world. Considered from the Nigerian perspective, one can view the situation as one of near...

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“BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Advent (11 December 2023) 📖Isa 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. Isa 35:4ff); Luke 5:17-26 “BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4) It is my birthday, a day I always celebrated my mother in a special way and thank God for saving her life some years ago as she was giving birth to me. Providentially, she is with God now, and I am sure God will throw a party for her today. Kindly join me in praying that this vision of mine for her will be real. May her soul rest in peace....

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THERE IS GOD!

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 1 (17 Nov. 2023 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary) 📖Wis 7:22 – 8:1; Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175 (R.v.89a); Luke 17:20-25 🎤THERE IS GOD! Do you still have any doubts, either by your actions or in your mind or even manner of speech, that there is God? Funny question, abi? OK. Let’s see how funny it is. There are different ways to doubt the existence of God:👉That time I was in a big trouble and decided to seek solutions in the house of witch doctors, or give out...

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“I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23)

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time 2 (22 Aug. 2023 – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary) 📖Judges 6:11-24; Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9b); Matt 19:23-30 🎤”I WILL BE WITH YOU… DO NOT FEAR, YOU SHALL NOT DIE” (Judges 6:16, 23) Beloved in Christ, in the Queenship of Mary, we celebrate her privileged connection with Jesus who is the King of Kings. Such honour is not an invention of man but a setting by God whose angel delivered the message to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Luke...

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“LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN” (Matt 6:20)

⏰Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (23 June 2023) 📖2 Cor 11:18, 21b-30; Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.18b); Matt 6:19-23 🎤”LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN” (Matt 6:20) In our world that is bedeviled by quest for consumerism and vain glory, the message of Jesus in Matt 6:19-23 makes an important meaning to us. What is the goal of my worship to God? Is it for the glory of God or for my own glory? Like Jesus who encouraged us to seek eternal treasure, St Paul reminds us in 2 Cor 11:18-30 of the importance of...

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WE ARE A CHOSEN RACE (cf. 1Pet 2:9)

⏰Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Exod 19:2-6a; Psalm 100; Rom 5:6-11; Matt 9:36 – 10:8 🎤WE ARE A CHOSEN RACE (cf. 1Pet 2:9) All the readings of today, including the responsorial Psalm, and especially the First Reading and the Gospel, point out the fact of God’s choice of us to be his people. In the first reading, the people of Israel became our representatives in that choice. Remember that Israel as a nation is made up of 12 tribes corresponding to the 12 sons of Jacob. Then, as Israel is considered the vessel of God’s salvation following their...

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JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD!

⏰SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) 📖Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40:2 and 4b, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a and 9a); 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 🎤JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD! The bulk of the cult of Isaiah (Isaiah’s prophecy) recorded in chapters 40 to 55 is regarded as the Second Book of Isaiah, which is as well seen as coming from the exilic era. That is the period when the people of Israel were on exile. Let us remember that the prophet had, in the First Book (Isaiah 1 – 31) called the people to turn from their sins, otherwise...

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GIVE JESUS A CHANCE!

⏰Tuesday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Year 1 (10 Jan 2023)

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LIFE IS CHANGED THROUGH DEATH

⏰Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8 and 15 (R.v.15b); 2 Thess 2:16 – 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 LIFE IS CHANGED THROUGH DEATH The three readings that we have in our Liturgy of today, in one way or another, point to the fact of afterlife. We are on journey in this present life and our destination is in eternal life. For every Christian, this eternal life is founded on the love which God has shown in Christ Jesus, as St. Paul explained to us in Second Reading. He encouraged the Thessalonians to remain...

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