Monthly Archive: August 2020

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I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (31 August 2020) 📖1 Cor 2:1-5; Ps 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 (R.v.97a); Luke 4:16-30 🎤I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE CRUCIFIED Congratulations as you made it to the end of this month, and warming up to embrace the new month. May this month end also bring to an end, all your worries and troubles so that the new month will usher in spiritual, economic and health renewal in your life. Amen. In 1 Cor 2:1-5, St Paul tells us that our success in life and salvation do not depend...

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TALKING ABOUT TRADITION…

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (26 August 2020) 📖2 Thess 3:6-10, 16-18; Ps 128:1-2, 4-5 (R.v.1a); Matt 23:27-32 🎤TALKING ABOUT TRADITION… At a stage in his life, Jesus stopped to ask his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of man is?” (Matt 16:13). The responses he got from this question were conditioned by what people saw him doing. St Paul, an exemplary Christian, would always tell his followers, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor 11:1; 4:6). That is because the examples he gives them are very good ones. In 2 Thess 3:6-10, 16-18,...

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“LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU!” (2 Thess 2:3)

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 August 2020) 📖2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17; Ps 96:10, 11-12ab, 12b-13 (R.v.13b); Matt 23:23-26 🎤”LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU!” (2 Thess 2:3) One of the signs of the end time that Jesus enlisted when he was asked by his disciples is this: “Many will come using my name, and saying: ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many people” (Matt 24:5). Hence he warned them, “Be on your guard and let no one mislead you” (Matt 24:4). St. Paul repeated the same warning to us today just as he did...

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“I AM SEVEN (7) YEARS A CATHOLIC PRIEST TODAY” And so what?

“I AM SEVEN (7) YEARS A CATHOLIC PRIEST TODAY” And so what?A Reflection on my priestly life at Seven! Rev. Fr. JohnBosco Chimaobi Ezeonwumelu INTRODUCTIONFor you I am a priest. With you, I am a Christian. I rejoice at what I am with you. But what I am for you terrifies me. St. Augustine Few days ago, a younger colleague of mine, Fr. Dennis came into my room for a chat while he waited for his classmate. We talked about many things, not excluding the fact that I am now a very senior priest. He was of course joking. And...

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“I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND YOU SHALL LIVE” (Ezek 37:14)

⏰Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 August 2020 – Memorial of St. Pius Xth) 📖Ezek 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 22:34-40 🎤”I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND YOU SHALL LIVE” (Ezek 37:14) In continuation of the theme of yesterday, God continues to promise us his spirit. This Spirit will help us to achieve all things we need. After the people of Israel had spent a very long time in exile with accompanying disgrace and oppression, they became totally depressed and lost hope of survival or being restored back to their land....

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LEADERSHIP IN IMITATION OF CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

⏰Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 August 2020) 📖Ezek 34:1-11; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Matt 20:1-16a 🎤LEADERSHIP IN IMITATION OF CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD The Gospels often present Jesus as a humble servant, who came not to be served but to serve (Matt 20:28). His generosity too cannot be equated by any. It is a kind of generosity that throws others into confusion. Consider this in line with the story of the workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16). Among other things, that story tells us that Jesus does not demand so much of us....

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BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY!

⏰Tuesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 August 2020) 📖Ezek 28:1-10; Deut 32:26-27ab, 27cd-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Matt 19:23-30 🎤BE HUMAN! BE HUMBLE! BE HOLY! Yesterday, we talked about the need to set our values right. In actual fact, we do not recommend an extraordinary attitude. Being yourself would be enough. The problems we normally have arises from our quest to answer what we are not. This reaches to the extreme when we try to play God. Even when you seem to have an extraordinary gift, try and remain human. It is in that state that God wishes...

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SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT!

⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 August 2020) 📖Ezek 24:15-24; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 19:16-22 🎤SET YOUR VALUES RIGHT! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you (2 Cor 13:13). God created everything good for us (Gen 1:31) and he wills that we may reap good fruits of all he had made. All that we need to enjoy this favour is to be with God. So forget about your worries in life and seek God. He shall not disappoint you....

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THE ASCENT OF FAITH AND THE UNIVERSAL MERCY OF GOD

⏰Twentienth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 📖Isaiah 56:1.6-7; Psalm 67:2-3.5.6 and 8 (R.4); Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Matt 15:21-28 🎤THE ASCENT OF FAITH AND THE UNIVERSAL MERCY OF GOD In the readings of last Sunday, we saw audacity of faith that Peter displayed by daring to accept Jesus invitation to come to him walking on the sea. However, the insufficiency of that faith showed up when he was faced with the troubled sea and took his gaze off Jesus. In the gospel reading of today, the Canaanite woman is set before us as example of undoubting faith which does not...

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“WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20)

⏰Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 August 2020) 📖Ezek 9:1-7, 10:18-22; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.4b); Matt 18:15-20 🎤”WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM” (Matt 18:20) In his formation of a new community out of his disciples, Jesus gave them rules to enable them live well in that community and so enjoy the fruits of mutual love and development. Two of those rules that we considered yesterday are humility and forgiveness of one another. The third, reconciliation (cf. Matt 18:15-20) is an extension of the...