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JESUS IS THE TRUE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF MARY

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT, YEAR B 📖2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.2a); Rom 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 🎤JESUS IS THE TRUE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF MARY It is the last Sunday before Christmas! The liturgy of today exposes to us the real identity of Jesus and challenges us on our contribution in revealing that identity of Jesus to the world. In the First Reading, God makes a promise through the prophet Nathan to build an eternal dynasty for David and that his son would sit on...

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THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent (16 December 2020) 📖Isa 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. see Isa 45:8); Luke 7:19-22 🎤”THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD” (Deut 6:4) Fresh from the land of exile and slavery, where they experienced polytheism (the idea of many gods) and religious prostitution, the people of Israel needed to be reminded that they have only one God, who is able to do all things well for them, and under whom they shall experience victory and glory (see Isa 45:6-25). That reminder is equally very important for us...

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THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM (cf. Ps 34:6)

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent (15 December 2020) 📖Zeph 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23, (R.v.7a); Matt 21:28-32 🎤THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM (cf. Ps 34:6) The scripture says in 2 Chron 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal the land.” The prophet Zephaniah reiterates this point in Zeph 3:1-13. The defiled, rebellious and oppressing city is invited to change her...

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JOY TO THE WORLD!

⏰Third Sunday in Advent (Year B) 📖Isa 61:1-2a, 10-11; Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (R. Isa 61:10b); 1 Thess 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 🎤JOY TO THE WORLD! Today is traditionally called the “Gaudete Sunday,” a special day in which we are reminded that Christianity brings joy to all things. With less than two weeks to the proper celebration of the Christmas, this reminder is important to keep our minds focused on the real things that matter in this season and the real attitude we ought to embrace. Both the First Reading and the Gospel announce the presence of the Messiah among...

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“BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Advent (07 December 2020 – Memorial of St. Ambrose) 📖Isa 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. Isa 35:4ff); Luke 5:17-26 “BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4) Beloved in Christ, God wants you to begin this new work week with smiles and strong faith in him; do not allow anything to rob you of that. Learn from the determination of the friends of this paralytic in Luke 5:18-26. The crowd proved to be an obstacle to them but they still found a way to reach Jesus through the roof. There can be a...

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PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

⏰Second Sunday in Advent (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 🎤PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD At the beginning of Advent last Sunday, we were informed of the basic components of Advent period. It is a period of waiting for the King of kings, which is why we use the purple colour in the Church at this time, indicating expectancy, repentance and royalty. Last Sunday, being watchful dominated the message. But on this Second Sunday, the theme of preparing the way for the Lord runs through all the readings....

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COME LORD JESUS

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR B Isa 63:16d-17, 64:1, 3b-8; Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 It is the first day of the Church’s Liturgical Year, and I say happy new year to you. My prayer is that in this new liturgical year, our spiritual strength would be more strengthened and we be more prepared to meet Christ any time he calls us to come back to him. Amen. We also call this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It is a period of waiting for the coming of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah...

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WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12)

⏰Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2; Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a (R. Rev 21:3b); Luke 21:29-33 🎤WE SHALL BE JUDGED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE (cf. Rev 20:12) Even though the book of Revelation tries to confront the prevailing issues of the moment, it also predicts what shall happen in the future. Remember that it is also a prophecy (cf. Rev 1:3). So while it consoles and encourages the Christians in the face of their persecuting enemy, it also warns about the deceiving enemy, satan which leads us...

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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 (19 Nov 2020) 📖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 will surely get an answer that would shock you. That is what happens when you build your hope around man....

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LOOK UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOUR OPEN DOOR (cf. Rev 4:1)

⏰Wednesday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 Nov 2020) 📖Rev 4:1-11; Ps 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. Rev 4:8b); Luke 19:11-28 🎤LOOK UP TO HEAVEN FOR YOUR OPEN DOOR (cf. Rev 4:1) As you continue to wade through the material and spiritual challenges of this present life, may the heavens open to grant you all the help you need and also lead you to see God face to face in the end. Amen. Beloved in Christ, life may not be very easy to live in, but looking up to heaven can offer us some respite. Remember that the...

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