Category: Ordinary Time

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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...

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“THE LORD SEES NOT AS MAN SEES” (1 Sam 16:7)

⏰Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (16 January 2018) ????1 Sam 16:1-13; Ps 89:20, 21-22, 27-28 (R.v.21a); Mark 2:23-28 Have you heard about one Igbo name, “Mmaduabuchi,” often written as Mmaduabunechukwu, Mmaduaburochukwu, Mmaduawuchi, etc., depending on which dialect of the Igbo the bearer belongs to. But, it simply means, “Man is not God.” No matter how powerful any man is, he cannot take the position of God in your life. Samuel was a very powerful man among the Israelites – notice the tension the elders had at seeing him in their territory (1 Sam 16:4) –...

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“TO ONE WHOSE WAY IS BLAMELESS, I WILL SHOW THE SALVATION OF GOD” (Ps 50:23)

⏰Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (15 January 2017) ????1 Sam 15:16-23; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 (R.v.23bc); Mark 2:18-22 Welcome to this brand new working week! I invite you to embrace the new week without fear because God has promised that you shall be given a new name which the mouth the mouth of God shall declare (cf. Isa 62:2). And with that new name, no longer shall you be associated with bad news again, and your name shall no longer be used to describe a bad event. Amen. He already made that new...

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YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES (Acts 1:8)

⏰Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) ????1 Sam 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R. cf. 8a and 9a); 1Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42 In a way, today would be considered as a vocation Sunday. This is because all the readings, especially the First Reading and the Gospel make reference to the call which God makes to man, as well as the responsibility which man is given to help others also answer that call. The Gospel begins with John the Baptist pointing out Jesus to two of his disciples. At their encounter with Jesus, Jesus invited...

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU

⏰Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (18 January 2020) 📖1 Sam 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1a; Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.2a); Mark 2:13-17 🎤”LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” (John 13:34) May the peace of Christ be with you my dear friend. Hope your week has been going well. May God’s name be praised both now and forever and may he perfect all that concerns you through Christ our Lord. Amen. There is this beautiful inscription I saw on the wall where a crucifix is placed in the sanctuary of one Church. It reads, “This I...

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BE PATIENT! IT IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT!

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (02 Dec 2017) ????Dan 7:15-27; Dan 3:60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 (R.v.60b); Luke 21:34-36 We have finally come to the last day of another liturgical year of the Church. By tomorrow, we shall be beginning a new liturgical year in the Church with the First Sunday of Advent. Were you able to achieve the spiritual target you did set for yourself in this past year? Get yourself ready for onward movement to the next level because you are a conqueror in Christ Jesus! Truly, things are generally very difficult these...

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ARE YOU READY FOR ETERNITY?

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (29 November 2019) 📖Dan 7:2-14; Dan 3:53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 (R.v.53b); Luke 21:29-33 🎤ARE YOU READY FOR ETERNITY? Has it dawned on you yet that we are already very close to the month of December, which is the last month of the year? The mention of the month already scares some people because of the too many demands that go with the time and the danger being posed by those who want to make it quick. But I pray for you today, that instead of sorrow, joy and...