Category: Ordinary Time

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“ARISE, LORD, SAVE ME” (Ps 3:7)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (29 January 2018) ????2 Sam 15:13-14, 30, 16:5-13a; Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.7c); Mark 5:1-20 My dear, I warmly welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to this great working week, in which we shall be witnessing the end of January and the beginning of February. I pray that God’s mercy will follow throughout this week and even beyond it so that you may equally witness the end of all that bring you distraction and pain, and the beginning of the overflow of God’s blessings in your...

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“HE TAUGHT THEM AS ONE WHO HAD AUTHORITY (Mark 1:22)

⏰Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) ????Deut 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7abc, 7d-9 (R.v.7d, 8a); 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mark 1:21b-28 In this era, many people rise up on daily basis with a claim to possess prophetic voices. Of course, anyone who wakes up in that manner must have followers. But the problem comes when another person gets up with another prophetic voice that is completely in opposition to the other. In some cases even, one person speaks two opposite things about one subject at the same time frame, with the same prophetic voice. What then are we to believe? Is...

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“PEACE! BE STILL!” (Mark 4:39)

⏰Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (27 January 2018) ????2 Sam 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 (R.v.12a); Mark 4:35-41 Do you understand what Jesus meant when he said that all authority has been given to him (cf. Matt 28:18)? For me, it means that no other power can withstand him. Do you not see how he defeated the power of the devil in its very kingdom? The sea is often considered as the seat-power of the evil one. Today, while Jesus was passing by, this seat began to react against him (cf. Mark 4:35-41). Imagine...

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THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD NEVER CEASES

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (24 January 2018 – Memorial of St. Francis de Sales) ????2 Sam 7:4-17; Ps 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30 (R.v.29a); Mark 4:1-20 Did you hear what God said to David concerning his offspring? “When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him… but I will NOT take my merciful love from him” (2 Sam 7:14-15). That kind of everlasting love is what we are called to emulate. Jesus goes about taking this mercy to the people in places where they are. This is why he was mostly found in synagogues and beside the...

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IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, THERE IS FULLNESS OF JOY (cf. Ps 16:11)

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time II (23 Jan 2018) ????2 Sam 6:12b-15, 17-19; Ps 24:7, 8, 9, 10 (R.v.8ab); Mark 3:31-35 ????When I come into your presence, I am so happy; When I come into your presence, I am so glad; In your presence there is anointing, and the spirit moves around me; In your presence, anointing breaks the yoke.???? There is nothing as beautiful as being in the presence of God and having God in your life. For the people of Israel, the Ark of the Covenant is a sign of the presence of God. When...

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YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE!

⏰Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time II (22 Jan 2018) ????2 Sam 5:1-7, 10; Ps 59:20, 21-22, 25-26 (R.v.25a); Mark 3:22-30 My dear, in this new working week, I pray that nothing shall stand in your way to achieving your destiny and that you may emerge victorious in all things especially in your spiritual battles against the enemies of Christ. Amen. Whatever God says you shall be is what you must be. The enemy might try for a while to plant an evil seed in your life in order to bring you pains, but your faith in God...

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COME BACK TO THE LORD (Hos 14:2)

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Jesus began his ministry of preaching with a call to conversion, an indication of a continuity from where John left. But not just a continuity; there is an introduction of a new message that needs a radical change. That points to the strong desire of God to make sure that man gets the salvation he has prepared for him. Right from the moment man fell from grace, God began this mission of redeeming him. Hence, the story of...

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“BEHOLD, I WILL GIVE YOUR ENEMY INTO YOUR HAND, AND YOU SHALL DO TO HIM AS IT SHALL SEEM GOOD TO YOU” (1 Sam 24:5)

⏰Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (19 January 2018) ????1 Sam 24:2-20; Ps 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11 (R.v.2a); Mark 3:13-19 There is one thing that is very certain; God does not abandon his own nor allow the enemy triumph over them. And once he makes any promise, he fulfils it to the latter. Consider the victory of David over Saul in that light. Saul was seeking to destroy David because God has destined him to be the king of Israel in his place. But God changed the table; it was now David who had the...

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“BEWARE OF ENVY”

⏰Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (17 January 2018) ????1 Sam 18:6-9, 19:1-7; Ps 52:2-3, 9-10ab, 10c-11, 12-13 (R.v.5b); Mark 3:7-12 Last Sunday, while we reflected on the call of Samuel and how the High Priest, Eli helped him to answer that call, one of my friends made this seemingly hilarious comment on facebook, “Imagine say Eli na modern day Nigerian Man of God… I wonder wetin e for tell young Samuel.” Many of us laughed over it, but the reality is that many modern ‘Elis’ would find a way to cut short the vocation of the...

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“GO, AND THE LORD BE WITH YOU!” (1 Sam 17:37)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (17 Jan 2018 – Memorial of St. Anthony of Egypt) ????1 Sam 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Mark 3:1-6 My dear, yesterday, we were well reassured that with the presence of God around us, there will be no obstacle to our victory. When God speaks, every opposition remains silent (see Mark 3:4). Our destinies are safe in his hands and so, nobody can tamper with it. Of course, that is only if we don’t tamper with it ourselves. The Church teaches that faith alone cannot save us, neither...