Category: Weekdays

THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION

FRIDAY ?Isa 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14, (R.v.1a); Matt 9:27-31 ?”THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1) The transition from darkness to light is one of the phenomena that is often used to describe the messianic era in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah used it to describe the events surrounding the birth of the Child, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has dawned upon those who lived in the land as dark as death” (Isa 9:2). The evangelist Matthew also borrowed that passage to describe the entrance of Jesus into...

FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS TOTALLY DEAD

THURSDAY ?Isa 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a, (R.v.26a); Matt 7:21, 24-27 ?FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS TOTALLY DEAD (cf. Jas 2:17) Without prejudice to the context in which St James used the above quote, we shall apply it to our message of today. So instead of using work merely in the context of charity and generosity, we shall extend it here to also mean our active response to our faith in God.?? The prophet Isaiah reminds us that in God, our security is ensured. For them who trust in the Lord, the Lord God will be their everlasting rock...

WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

TUESDAY “WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” (Luke 1:37) My dear, remember what we said on Sunday about the character of Advent season; it is a period of hope resuscitation. Today, the prophecy of Isaiah in Isa 11:1-10 reminds us of the promise of God to establish a kingdom of justice and peace for his people.?➕? To be just to the text, it was a reaction against the moral bankruptcy of the leaders in Israel, hence God’s promise of an ideal leader who would uphold justice and righteousness.? But there is something very spectacular about how the prophet achieves that purpose...

EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]… WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT MONDAY “EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]… WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE” (Matt 19:29) My dear, it is yet another beginning – a new working week, the first in the season of Advent, and one which ushers us into the last month of the secular calendar year. Providentially, on this first day of the week, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Andrew, one of the very first apostles of Jesus.? The account of the call of the first four apostles, in the Gospel of Matthew, tells us something very important about their response, “Immediately, they left their...

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JESUS, THE WOUNDED HEALER!

⏰SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19: 8, 9, 10, 15 (R. see John 6:63c); Mark 2:13-17 Can you try and make a spiritual journey with me for a moment? Assume the position of Levi in Mark 2:13-17. Imagine yourself at the commercial centre of the city making serious money like Levi, and then Jesus comes along to call you. Can you leave all your wealth behind to follow him as Levi did? Apart from that, Levi was considered a public sinner by the same society to which Jesus belonged. Yet Jesus broke protocols to call him. That...

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FAITH IS YOUR KEY!

⏰FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78: 3 and 4bc, 6c7, 8 (R.v.7b); Mark 2:1-12 Are you sure you have faith in God? If you do, you need a little perseverance to support it. There is bound to be challenges to your faith; you might even meet obstacles on your way to meet Christ. Do not be shaken! Your victory is in Christ (cf. Rom 8:37), and the key to unlock that victory is faith. Consider the case of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12. The crowd formed an obstacle to him and his friends who were helping...

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Jesus Became One Like Us to Save Us

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:29-39   Following the prophecy of Isaiah, the name of the child to be born the saviour is Immanuel, which means, God is with us (Isa 7:14). That prophecy is interpreted as having its perfect fulfillment in Jesus (Matt 1:23). Rightly so, Jesus came and immersed himself in the midst of the people. Remember what we said on Sunday concerning his baptism; he joined the queue of sinners going for baptism that he might identify with them. The Letter to the Hebrews reiterated the above...

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Give Jesus A Chance!

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.7a); Mark 1:21b-28  In Matt 28:18, Jesus exclaimed, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” That is not just a mere claim because when Jesus was exercising his ministry, the people could feel that authority oozing from him (Mark 1:22). Even the evil spirit perceived it and cried out, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:23-24). Why not! Did he not walk over the sea (Mark 6:49) which is the...

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Jesus I Love You

TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.5b); John 20:11-18 Have you learnt anything yet from Mary Magdalene since the resurrection of Jesus? She has taught me what it means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. In addition, she seems to know what it means to have hope against hope. She has taught me what it means to love Jesus. Her encounter with Jesus in John 20:14-16 confirms the saying of Jesus in the story of the Good Shepherd (John 10); the sheep knows the Shepherd and listens to his voice...

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“…We All Are Witnesses” (Acts 2:32)

MONDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (R.v.1); Matt 28:8-15 After the resurrection of Jesus, several stories were spread through the land through the instrumentality of many witnesses. With our understanding of the term “witness” to mean someone who sees something happen and so is able to describe it to other people, one would have thought that the stories would be the same thing. But no! For the Jews till today, he was taken away by his disciples. But for the Apostles, he is risen. How did the division begin?...