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LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (24 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Andrew Dûng-Lac and Companions) ????Rev 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. Rev 19:9a); Luke 21:20-28 ????LET YOUR BABYLON BE FALLEN What comes to your mind when you think of Babylon? For the Israelites, it was a place of exile, alienation from their fatherland, backwardness, oppression, slavery, etc. Babylon offered them nothing but pains. Remember that the book of Revelation uses coded language in talking so that only the people it is addressing would understand. So, at the time the Christians...

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YOUR ENDURANCE SHALL WIN YOU YOUR LIFE (Luke 21:19)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (28 Nov 2018) 📕Rev 15:1-4; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9 (R. Rev 15:3b); Luke 21:12-19 In Rev. 15:1, John saw a vision of seven angels with seven plagues to bring Gods wrath to its climax. In the passage that we made reference to yesterday, that is Rev 14:14-19, there were different angels with sickle in their hands preparing for harvest, thus indicating an impending time of judgement. That paints a fearful picture. Moreover, in Luke 21:12-16 indicates that his disciples shall be hated and persecuted for the sake of his name....

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BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME!

⏰Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Cecilia) ????Rev 14:14-19; Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13 (R.v.13b); Luke 21:5-11 ????BE WISE! THERE IS NO TIME! What is your understanding of the eschatological discourses of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke 21? Many understood that to mean that there is still plenty of time, but that is not so. Remember that these Gospels were written down at the time the early Christians were still building up and were facing many temptations. There were sufferings everywhere and people were rising to give interpretations of these...

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“WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 Nov 2016 – Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) ????Rev 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.6); Luke 21:1-4 ????”WILL ONLY A FEW BE SAVED?” (Luke 13:23) A misreading of Rev 14 has always created confusion for people. It talks about a vision of 144,000 who are marked with the seal of the Lamb, and who alone were capable of hearing the voice of the Lamb. So some people now assume that heaven must have been filled up. Hmmmmm! Remember that Jesus said, “My sheep hears my...

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THE WORD OF GOD SHALL FOREVER TRIUMPH!

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 11:4-12; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Luke 20:27-40 🎤THE WORD OF GOD SHALL FOREVER TRIUMPH! Does that not give you a cause to be joyous? That means that whatever the Word of God says about you shall come to pass. And he says in John 20:19, “Peace be with you.” And in another place he says, “I have come that [you] may have life, life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). To you who are sick, “By his stripes, you are healed” (1 Pet 2:24). To the...

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“WOE TO ME IF I DO NOT PREACH THE GOSPEL” (1 Cor 9:16)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (23 Nov 2018) 📕Rev 10:8-11; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 (R.v.103a); Luke 19:45-48 Preaching the good news is a responsibility that befalls every Christian, and not just the ordained. In fact, baptism by its nature makes one to share in the three-fold office of Christ, as priest, prophet and king. The prophetic function imposes on one the responsibility of fulfilling the mission mandate of Christ to his disciples, “Go into the whole world and preach the good news…” (Matt 28:19). Even though the baptismal character imposes that function as a...

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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 (17 Nov 2016 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary) ????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 might get answers that will shock you. That is because of the activities...

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“TO HIM WHO CONQUERS, I WILL GRANT TO EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE” (cf. Rev 2:7)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (16 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 1:1-4, 2:1-5a; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Rev 2:7b); Luke 18:35-43 🎤”TO HIM WHO CONQUERS, I WILL GRANT TO EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE” (cf. Rev 2:7) Have you ever had an encounter with the book of Revelation? Have you tried to read through it? If not, I encourage you to pick up your Bible and join us as we make a journey through it in this period. For a start, make sure you read the first two chapters today. The book was written...

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

⏰Saturday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Josaphat) ????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) St. Josaphat, whose Memorial we celebrate today is a model of what it means to have fear of God in us. He was a leader of the Orthodox Catholics but saw the division in the Church as being against the will of God. He returned to the Church and worked for the unity of the Church until he laid down his life for it.????...

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“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD” (cf. 119:1b)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Second Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 Nov. 2016 – Memorial of St. Martin of Tours) ????2 John 4-9; Ps 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18 (R.v.1b); Luke 17:26-37 ????”BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WALK IN THE LAW OF THE LORD” (cf. 119:1b) As we gradually draw closer to the end of the liturgical year, the readings of this period keep taking our minds back to the time of the ultimate end of all things. The Gospel calls us to fix our mind on this reality so that whenever it happens, it shall not be an accident to...