Category: Ordinary Time

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“ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13)

⏰Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (25 June 2019) 📖Gen 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1a); Matt 7:6, 12-14 🎤”ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE” (Matt 7:13) My dear, do you wish to be saved? If yes, then you must follow the way that leads to life and enter through the narrow gate (cf. Matt 7:13-14). That way is already identified by Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). God wants all to be saved (cf. 1 Tim 2:4) but only a few choose to be saved (Matt 7:14; 22:14). Do you wish to be among those who...

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“MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9)

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (22 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 12:1-10; Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (R.v.9a); Matt 6:24-34 🎤”MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU” (2 Cor 12:9) There is something that we all must learn from St. Paul today. That is the art of seeing the hand of God at work in whatever happens to us in life. When Jesus says that he would be with us till the end of time (cf. Matt 28:20), he means it. And that also includes the dark and difficult moments of our lives. Everything works unto good for those...

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“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7)

⏰Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 June 2019) 📖2 Cor 9:6-11; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 9 (R.v.1b); Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 🎤”GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER” (2 Cor 9:7) Do you remember the story of that boy that donated his lunch pack to Jesus (John 6:9) and equipped Jesus with the things to perform the miracle of feeding so many people? That is also the effect our charity has. The joy is that, just as the boy was also a beneficiary of that feeding, we too would gain from any cheerful charity we undertake. Being cheerful is a...

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“…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45)

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Sam 27:4-7; Ps. 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (R.v.2a); 1 Cor 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 “…FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART HIS MOUTH SPEAKS” (Luke 6:45) My dear, on this last Sunday before Lent, the liturgy, providentially instructs us on one important disposition we need to embrace at this time and beyond. That important disposition is self introspection. This is a time to look into our lives and try to find out those things that we need to separate ourselves from in order to become good and perfect Christians. The gospel gives us an...

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“WHOEVER LOVES [WISDOM] LOVES LIFE” (Sir 4:11)

⏰Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 1 (27 Feb 2019) 📖Sir 4:11-19; Ps 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175 (R.v.165a); Mark 9:38-40 🎤”WHOEVER LOVES [WISDOM] LOVES LIFE” (Sir 4:11) Recall that, two days ago when we we began reading from the book of Sirach, which is one of the deuterocanonical books of the Bible, we noted that Jesus is the wisdom of God. The author of that book had advised us from that very beginning to seek wisdom in all that we do. Today, he continued that advocacy, telling us that to seek wisdom is to seek life....

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“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” (Luke 6:27)

⏰Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕1 Sam 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; Ps. 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10, 12-13 (R.v.8a); 1 Cor 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38 🎤”LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” (Luke 6:27) How was the election atmosphere in your area yesterday? To God be the glory that it was peaceful in most parts. As for the victims of the violence that erupted in some areas, we pray that God may heal and help the wounded and deprived and have mercy on the souls of the dead. Amen. Whatever the outcome eventually becomes at the end of the day, we must be...

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“MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5)

⏰Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (23 February 2019 – Memorial of St. Polycarp) 📖Heb 11:1-7; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11 (R.v.1b); Mark 9:2-13 “MASTER, IT IS WELL THAT WE ARE HERE” (Mark 9:5) My dear, it is the long awaited day in Nigeria. Today, we are going to file out to take a decision, either to push this country further into backwardness or to help lift it up. Remember today that your vote is your voice. Will you choose to speak against our collective progress because of selfishness? It is our decision to make on where to...

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“BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15)

⏰Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (19 February 2019) 📖Gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Mark 8:14-21 🎤”BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES…” (Mark 8:15) At the end of creation, God looked at all that he had done, and indeed, it was very good (Gen 1:31). One would then begin to wonder why things went so bad to the extent that God regretted creating man (Gen 6:6). That was because of the great evil that existed on earth. That increased to a great extent with the intermarriage between the...

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“BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5)

⏰Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 📕Jer 17:5-8; Ps. 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6, (R. Ps. 40:5ab); 1 Cor 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 🎤”BLESSED THE MAN WHO HAS PLACED HIS TRUST IN THE LORD” (Ps 40:5) How did you feel yesterday with the postponement of the election? I felt very bad because of the so much time I had put in with the preparation of the observers for the day and had to get the information only after I had traveled to my polling unit which is far from where I stay now. So I can imagine how...

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GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time 1 (15 February 2019) 📖Gen 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 (R.v.1a); Mark 7:31-37 GOD IS ENOUGH FOR YOU; BE CONTENTED WITH HIM How was your celebration of Valentine yesterday? Did you remember to help someone who is in need? In case you were selfish about it without reaching out to the poor, today is another day to make amends. In reaching out to the poor, we help Jesus to recreate the world. By showing love to others, many did win the favour of God in the past. Why not embrace that...