Category: Ordinary Time

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HOW COMMITTED AM I?

⏰Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (23 Jan 2021) 📖Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (R.v.4bc); Mark 3:1-6 HOW COMMITTED AM I? The world today is more interested in bearing titles than in carrying out the duties attached to the titles. You often hear people say, “Do you know who I am?” And I normally reply to those people, “Six feet!” That’s if the people are kind enough to even dig up to that when burying the person. Some will not answer their names if it was not...

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I AM CALLED; YOU TOO ARE!

⏰Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (22 Jan 2021) 📖Heb 8:6-13; Ps 85:5 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.11a); Mark 3:13-19 🎤I AM CALLED; YOU TOO ARE! Yesterday, we talked of the need to follow Jesus just as the great crowd followed him. But today’s consideration of Mark 3:13-19 shows us that Jesus wants more than we remaining in the crowd that follows him about. He wants us to be with him. The Gospel of Mark made use of that phrase, “to be with him,” very often (cf. Mark 2:19; 3:14;...

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“SURELY I WILL BLESS YOU AND MULTIPLY YOU” (Heb 6:14)

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time 1 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (19 Jan 2021) 📖Heb 5:10-20; Ps 111:1b-2, 4-5, 9 and 10c (R.v.5b); Mark 2:23-28 🎤”SURELY I WILL BLESS YOU AND MULTIPLY YOU” (Heb 6:14) We are all children of Abraham, and so the promise that was made to him is equally ours. So I invite you to claim the above promise with a great faith. Whether the enemy wants it or not, the Lord is going to bless and multiply you as he did to Abraham. Amen. As you await the fulfilment of that...

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SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO JESUS AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!

⏰THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95: 6-7abc, 7d and 8-9, 10-11 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:40-45 🎤SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO JESUS AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU! My dear, the word of God in 2 Chron 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” The leper in Mark 1:40-45 humbled himself and sought help from Jesus, and indeed, he got his desired healing. His statement, “If...

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WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 🎤WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12) Even though the book of Revelation tries to confront the prevailing issues of the moment, it also predicts what shall happen in the future. Remember that it is also a prophecy (cf. Rev 1:3). So while it consoles and encourages the Christians in the face of their persecuting enemy, it also warns about the deceiving enemy, satan which leads us...

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“OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 5:1-10; Ps 149:1b-3, 3-4, 5-6a and 9bc (R. Rev 5:10); Luke 19:41-44 🎤”OUR HELP IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Ps 124:8) Do you understand what the psalmist meant when he says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man who cannot save” (Ps 146:3)? If you are yet to understand that, ask an average Nigerian to define the term, “Politician” to you. You will surely get an answer that would shock you. That is what happens when you build your hope around man....

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LOOK UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOUR OPEN DOOR (cf. Rev 4:1)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. Rev 4:8b); Luke 19:11-28 🎤LOOK UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOUR OPEN DOOR (cf. Rev 4:1) As you continue to wade through the material and spiritual challenges of this present life, may the heavens open to grant you all the help you need and also lead you to see God face to face in the end. Amen. Beloved in Christ, life may not be very easy to live in, but looking up to heaven can offer us some respite. Remember that the...

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“THE LORD IS YOUR LIGHT AND YOUR SALVATION” (Psalm 27:1)

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (17 Nov 2020) 📕Rev 3:1-6, 14-22; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R. Rev 3:21); Luke 19:1-10 My dear, if you have begun the reading of the Book of Revelation as we requested yesterday, you would have already been struck with one basic reality about the Book; it is filled with the use of apocalyptic language and symbols. Behind these essential features is the message of encouragement and consolation to the people that God would save them from the hands of their oppressors. God made that promise to the people of Israel in...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (14 Nov. 2020) 📖3 John 5-8; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Luke 18:1-8 🎤”BLESSED THE MAN WHO FEARS THE LORD” (Ps 112:1b) Remember that we already saw that love could be a veritable instrument of fostering unity. Now, the evangelist John goes ahead to encourage the early Christians on the importance of showing hospitality to strangers, especially the missionaries who have left everything for the sake of the Gospel (cf. 3 John 5-8). In doing that, we would once more be assisting Christ indirectly in line with the demands for the...

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“I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phil 4:13)

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 Nov. 2020) 📖Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a and 9 (R.v.1a); Luke 16:9-15 🎤”I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN HIM WHO STRENGTHENS ME” (Phil 4:13) Beloved in Christ, I pray for you today, using the words of St Paul in Phil 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Amen. I can imagine that you said amen to that prayer to claim it. And I sincerely pray that its manifestation be felt in your life through Christ our Lord. Amen....