“BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4)

fb_img_1464184968999⏰Monday of the Second Week of Advent (10 December 2018)

📖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)

My dear, God wants you to begin this new working week with smiles and strong faith in him; do not allow anything to rob you of that. Learn from the determination of the friends of this paralytic in Luke 5:18-26. The crowd proved to be an obstacle to them but they still found a way to reach Jesus through the roof.

There can be a lot of crowds trying to prevent us from seeing Jesus:
👉The current economic hardship that left us without hope for the future;
👉That doctor’s report that says that you have an incurable disease;
👉That your boss or lecturer who has sworn to make your life miserable;
👉That business of yours that has refused to move on despite all your efforts;
👉That death of your loved one that makes you feel that the world has come to an end, etc.

Listen! St. Paul says, even in the midst of all these, you are more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37). May you conquer every spirit that would try to hinder your progress henceforth, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

It is therefore not a coincidence that the salvation oracle of Isaiah (Isa 35:1-10) is also presented to us today. Scholars believe that this oracle belong to the latter Isaiah which has a reversal and restoration message for the people. As it was for them, so shall it be for you. May God reverse all your ugly situations and restore his glory upon your life. Amen.

Just be calm and continue walking on the way of firmness and righteousness. In that case, God will raise up even your enemies to work for your good. Amen.

Be kind to remember me in prayers tomorrow as I will be celebrating my birthday. Also pray for my cousin, Sr. Christy Ezeihejiafor DMMM, my colleagues Frs. Cyril Basikoro and Edwin Ezeokeke and a spiritual daughter of mine, Oyindamola, all of whom share that day with me.

Have a week of continual open doors and breakthroughs. Peace be with you.

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