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“LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, SO THAT YOU MAY BE CHILDREN OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN” (Matt 5:44-45)

⏰Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (23 January 2022) 📖2 Sam 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Ps 80:2-3, 3-4, 5-7 (R.v.4b); Mark 3:20-21 🎤”LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, SO THAT YOU MAY BE CHILDREN OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN” (Matt 5:44-45) Yesterday, we considered some of the attitudes of David that earned him the title of a man after God’s heart. His archenemy, Saul was placed in his hands, but instead of destroying him, he spared his life because he could see the divine in him despite his inclination to evil. Not...

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FROM YOU SHALL COME FORTH ONE WHO IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT (YEAR C) 📖Mic 5:1-4a;Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 🎤“FROM YOU SHALL COME FORTH ONE WHO IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL” My dear, God is coming to visit you today in that your very challenging situation. He is about to lift you up to greater heights; such heights unimaginable that you would ever reach. He is coming to change you story line for the better. Are you ready to receive him?? We are already in the fourth week of our preparation for Christmas. By now, it is expected that we...

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CALLED TO SERVE

⏰TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📖Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.22); Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 🎤CALLED TO SERVE In our liturgy last Sunday, we were instructed on the need to be detached from the material things of this world in order to prepare a rich and better abode in heaven. Today, the call extends also to the way we embrace power and positions of authority. As members of Christ’s body, we are to imitate Christ in all things, and he is, above all things, a servant-leader who is ever ready to lay down his life...

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“I HAVE OPENED MY MOUTH TO THE LORD, AND I CANNOT TAKE BACK MY VOW” (Judg 11:35)

⏰Thursday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (19 August 2021) 📖Judg 11:29-39a; Ps 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.8a, 9a); Matt 22:1-14 🎤”I HAVE OPENED MY MOUTH TO THE LORD, AND I CANNOT TAKE BACK MY VOW” (Judg 11:35) Reading through Judg 11:29-39, something keeps me from being blinded by the fact that the actions of Jephthah in sacrificing his only daughter were borne of a pagan custom that was already condemned by God (cf. Lev 18:21; 20:2-5; Deut 12:31). Instead, the FAITHFULNESS OF JEPHTHAH TO FULFIL HIS VOWS TO THE LORD struck me. How often do we keep...

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“WHEREVER THERE IS JEALOUSY AND SELFISH AMBITION, YOU WILL ALSO FIND DISCORD AND ALL THAT IS EVIL” (Jam 3:16)

⏰Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time (03 August 2021) 📖Num 12:1-13; Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 6cd-7, 12-13 (R.v.3a); Matt 14:22-36 🎤”WHEREVER THERE IS JEALOUSY AND SELFISH AMBITION, YOU WILL ALSO FIND DISCORD AND ALL THAT IS EVIL” (Jam 3:16) There is one Igbo adage which says, “Nwata kpachuo ibe ya na nke, asi na o kpara nke ya n’ajo ohia,” literally meaning that when a child fetches more firewood than his mates, they will allege that he fetched his from the evil forest. Why would that happen? ENVY AND JEALOUSY! They want to rubbish his integrity so that they...

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“…AND HE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD AND KNOWS GOD” (1 John 4:7)

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FOCUS ON THE KINGDOM FOR YOUR BLESSING

⏰Monday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (26 July 2021 – Memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne) 📖Exod 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 (R.v.1b); Matt 13:31-35 🎤FOCUS ON THE KINGDOM FOR YOUR BLESSING Beloved in Christ, things might be rough, slow and unstable at the beginning, but if you put your trust in the Lord and persevere to the end, you shall reap the fruit of abundance. In our journey of faith, our destination is the kingdom of God. The two parables that Jesus gave in Matt 13:31-35 speak of the kingdom as one one with a...

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A PROPHET LIKE MOSES

⏰FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); Eph 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13 Today, all the readings that we have in our liturgy give us one important message an invitation to share in the ministry of evangelization as God would want us to do and not as we would want it. Reflecting on this, the character of Moses as the ideal prophet in Israel comes to mind: 👉Moses was called by God; he did not call himself (cf. Exod 3); 👉He was selfless and an intercessor (cf. Exod 32:11-14); 👉He encouraged people to...

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“EVEN THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED” (Matt 10:30)

⏰Saturday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (10 July 2021) 📖Gen 49:29-33, 50:15-26a; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7 (R. Ps 69:33); Matt 10:24-33 🎤”EVEN THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED” (Matt 10:30) Beloved in Christ, do you know that you are not an accident? Not minding whatever might be the circumstances surrounding your birth, God knows you before you were born and approved of your birth and made out plans for what he shall achieve with you (cf. Jer 1:5). You are a child of destiny and no one can do anything to you without God’s approval...

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“THE LOVE OF CHRIST URGES US ON” (2 Cor 5:14)

⏰TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📖Job 38:1, 8-11; Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 (R.v.1); 2 Cor 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 🎤”THE LOVE OF CHRIST URGES US ON” (2 Cor 5:14) “Since Jesus liveth, everything in me will live (4x)Even dry bone will live, will live (3x)Since Jesus liveth, everything will live Beloved friend in Christ, the psalmist said that, “Many are the trials of just, but the Lord delivers them from them all” (Ps 34:19). On daily bases, we encounter many challenges and difficulties that tend to weigh us down. Considering these faith-threatening conditions, our readings of last Sunday...

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