Category: Easter Season

“MAY THEY BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE” (John 17:11)

🧭SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B)WORLD COMMUNICATION SUNDAY 📖Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab (R.v.19a); 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19 🎤”MAY THEY BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE” (John 17:11) The unity of all believers is undoubtedly paramount in the mind of Jesus when he made his priestly prayer in John 17. This unity is one that comes through our common heritage in God through Christ. As we gradually draw to the close of the Easter season, we are presented with this theme because that is what will guarantee the success of the task which Jesus gives...

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...

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...

“FATHER! MAY THEY BE ONE!”

⏰SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (C) WORLD COMMUNICATION DAY (29 MAY 2022) 📖1 Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9 (R.v.1a, 9a); Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; Gospel Jn. 17:20-26 🎤”FATHER! MAY THEY BE ONE!” Christ, through the Church, today reminds us of His will and indeed, his Fathers will for us all, which is that we may all be one. This oneness is exemplified in the bond that holds the Trinity together. Even though they have their separate functions, they are bounded together in love and so St. Augustine calls them the inseparable separate. As Christ came into...

JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year C (26 May 2022) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53 🎤JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US May the grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Since the time Jesus began his earthly life, a lot of miracles, signs and wonders accompanied his actions. Now, he is prepared to return back to the Father from who he had come. His impending departure was very disheartening to his disciples. Hence, he decided to explain to...

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JESUS IS EVER PRESENT WITH US

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year B (13 May 2021) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Mark 16:15-20 May the grace of Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Since the time Jesus began his earthly life, a lot of miracles, signs and wonders accompanied his actions. Now, he is prepared to return back to the Father from who he had come. His impending departure was very disheartening to his disciples. Hence, he decided to explain to them the meaning of his departure....

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“BLESSED ARE ALL WHO TRUST IN YOU, O LORD” (Ps 2:12)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Easter (12 April 2021) 📖Acts 4:23-31; Ps 2:1-3, 4-6, 7-9 (R.v.12d); John 3:1-8 What do you do when faced with great difficulty in your business, place of work or even faced with great opposition from people who are merely jealous of your progress? Learn from the disciples in Acts 4:23-31. In such situations, they talked to God in prayer and were strengthened by God. So do not joke with your prayers this week because the enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion seeking to devour you (1Pet 5:7). It is only...

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BEWARE OF FIERCE WOLVES WITH THE WORD OF GOD

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter (27 May 2020) 📖Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:33-35a, 35b and 36b (R.v.33a); John 17:11b-19 🎤BEWARE OF FIERCE WOLVES WITH THE WORD OF GOD In one of his endtime discourses, Jesus warned his disciples of the expected infiltration of their company with false Christs and false prophets (cf. Matt 24:24). We might be walking in deception when we anticipate these in the likeness of the second beast of Rev 13:11-17. Jesus already warned against this kind of thinking when he warned his disciples about fierce wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt 7:15). St. Paul noted that...

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“ASK, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (John 16:24b)

⏰Saturday After Ascension (23 May 2020) 📖Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-9, 10; John 16:23b-28 🎤”ASK, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL” (John 16:24b) Imagine a situation without Jesus after we have been with him for a long time. A close example to this would be the death of loved one especially one to whom we have been dependent to a very large extent. That is a picture of the situation the disciples found themselves since the Ascension of Jesus. However, Jesus knew that a situation like that would arise and it would bring them so much...

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HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY

⏰Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – Year A (21 May 2020) 📖Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.6); Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 🎤HUMANITY REUNITES WITH DIVINITY May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Jesus has ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), yet he is ever present to and with us. We believe so because he said so (Matt 28:20) and no lie is ever found in his mouth since he the truth par excellence (John 14:6). The truth that we celebrate today is...