Category: Year II

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GOD UNITED ALL THINGS IN CHRIST (cf. Eph 1:10)

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 Oct. 2016) ????Eph 1:1-10; Ps 98:1-3ab, 3cd-6 (R.v.2a); Luke 11:47-54 ????GOD UNITED ALL THINGS IN CHRIST (cf. Eph 1:10) “Grace and peace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph 1:2). Amen.???????? Certain elements of the Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians made scholars to seem to agree that it was not written to any particular Church but to all Christians. The major premise there is that the Letter is devoid of any intimacy which would be absurd, considering the fact that Paul...

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BEAR FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 2 (12 Oct. 2016) ????Gal 5:18-25; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. John 8:12); Luke 11:42-46 ????BEAR FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT My dear, do you remember what Jesus told his disciples concerning the Spirit as he was preparing to leave them????? He said that he would send them an advocate, the Spirit from the Father, who would teach them the things he was yet to tell them and remind them of the ones he already told them (cf. John 14:26). We need to dispose ourselves to receive that Spirit.???? How often...

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WHAT KILLS US IS INSIDE OF US!

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time 2 (11 Oct. 2016) ????Gal 5:1-6; Ps 119:41, 43-45, 47-48 (R.v.41a); Luke 11:37-41 ????WHAT KILLS US IS INSIDE OF US! Formation is very important in the life of everyone. At every stage of our growth, psychologists say that there is something that is formed in us that influences our future. That supports the wisdom of the Book of the Proverbs when it says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6).???? Washing hands and legs was a...

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YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE BUT A FREE BORN!

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 October 2016) ????Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 – 5:1; Ps 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5a and 6-7 (R.v.2); Luke 11:29-32 ????YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE BUT A FREE BORN! Do you really believe that Christ has set you free from all kinds of slavery and oppression? Do you believe that no power on earth is greater than his power (19:11) and that all power belongs to him (Matt 28:18)? Why then are you still worried on how to overcome little challenges that you face????? At the beginning of this working week, St Paul...

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FAITH MAKES US A PART OF CHRIST

⏰Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (13 October 2018) 📕Gal 3:22-29; Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R.v.8a); Luke 11:27-28 Yesterday, we tried to evaluate the position of the law in the life of a Christian, the righteous. We concluded that what St Paul condemned was the wrong application of the law which makes us slaves of the law instead of free children of God (see Mark 2:23-28). Using an idea of an ancient Roman practice where slaves are employed to the households of nobles to train their children, St Paul explains the place of faith and the law...

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THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Gal 3:11)

⏰Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (07 October 2016 – Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary) ????Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.5b); Luke 11:15-26 ????THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY FAITH (Gal 3:11) May the peace of Christ be with you.???????? What is the point which St. Paul tried to drive home in Gal 3:7-14? Was he really condemning the law? No! We must try not to misinterpret Paul as doing that. Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee at that. He had respect for Moses, and Moses was the one who received the Law from...

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DO NOT FALL FROM GRACE TO GRASS

⏰Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 October 2016) 📕Gal 3:1-5; Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 (R.v.68); Luke 11:5-13 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you. Amen. The outburst of St Paul in Gal 3:1-5 obviously indicates that some Galatians were already yielding to the deception of those Jews who insisted on the circumcision of the gentiles before they could become Christians (cf. Gal 1:7; Acts 15:1). They were more contented with pleasing man than with pleasing God. What happens to us when...

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BE COURAGEOUS AND FIRM IN FAITH!

⏰Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (10 October 2018) 📕Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Ps 117:1-2 (R. Mark 16:15); Luke 11:1-4 One of our grandfathers in faith, Msgr Pius Nwaobi has a funny way of passing this message of firmness. He would say, “I must say the truth! If you like, cut off my head, it will bounce like John the Baptist’s head…” A major criterion that separates martyrdom from other kinds of suffering and death is the firmness and consistency in the profession of faith especially when it becomes very difficult to do so. Consider the anger of...

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THE LORD IS WITH YOU

⏰Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 October 2016 – Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi) ????Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 15 (R.v.24b); Luke 10:38-42 ????THE LORD IS WITH YOU My dear, the presence of God in your life can create so much difference in the kind of fruit you bear. Yesterday, we talked about bearing the fruit of love instead of discrimination; it is only by the presence of God in our life that we can choose to love.❤ In Gal 1:13-24, St. Paul testified that his zeal to preach was informed by his encounter with...

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LOVE BUILDS WHILE DISCRIMINATION DESTROYS

⏰Monday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (03 October 2016 – Memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) ????Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9 and 10c (R.v.5b); Luke 10:25-37 ????LOVE BUILDS WHILE DISCRIMINATION DESTROYS May the peace and love of Christ reign in your life in this new week and beyond. Amen.???????? At the beginning of this new working week, we are called to a reorientation of the value and understanding of love, especially love of God. This is because many think that they love God whereas they are actually filled with hate.???? St John, in his...