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FAITH AND ACTION

⏰Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time II (21 February 2020) 📖Jam 2:14-24, 26; Ps 112:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R.v.1b); Mark 8:34 – 9:1 🎤FAITH AND ACTION My dear, the psalmist again reminds us today that those who take delight in the Lord’s commandments are indeed blessed. Listen to what the psalmist says about such a person, “Riches and wealth are in his house; his justice stands firm forever. A light rises in the darkness for [him]; he is generous, merciful and just” (Ps 112:3-4). Can you see that it pays to be just and obedient to God? Indeed, it...

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FAN INTO FLAME YOUR FAITH

⏰Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time II (19 Feb 2020) 📖Jam 1:19-27; Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 (R.v.1b); Mark 8:22-26 🎤FAN INTO FLAME YOUR FAITH The gradual healing of the blind man in Mark 8:22-26 is a good description of our relationship with God. Just as the blind man gradually regained his sight, we gradually grow in Christian Maturity and God is always patient with us even in our many failings. But it is expected that that growth must be steady and devoid of any hypocricy. Hence, St. James asks us expel from us everything that will block us...

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“THEY ATE, AND WERE SATISFIED” (Mark 8:8)

⏰Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (15 February 2020) 📖1 Kgs 12:26-32, 13:33-34; Ps 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22 (R.v.4a); Mark 8:1-10 🎤”THEY ATE, AND WERE SATISFIED” (Mark 8:8) Have you ever paused to reflect on what is the authentic source of satisfaction and security in man? On a daily basis, we struggle to gain those two in our lives. With a deep reflection, one can see that satisfaction and security come more from what we help others to have than what we acquire for ourselves. In other words, generosity and selflessness work better on our behalf than...

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“EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34)

⏰Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (14 February 2020 – Memorial of Ss. Cyril and Methodius) 📖1 Kgs 11:29-32, 12:19; Ps 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 (R.v.11a, 9a); Mark 7:31-37 🎤”EPHPHATHA… BE OPENED” (Mark 7:34) My dear, the scriptures, in Lam 3:37 asks, “Who can command and execute what the Lord has not decreed?” The answer is very obvious, “nobody!” Yes! Nobody can safely do that and go unpunished. Solomon tried it and the result was the division of the kingdom of Israel. So it brings no good to anyone who tries such. Remember that one way that...

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BUILD UP A HOME FOR THE LORD IN YOUR HEART

⏰Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (11 February 2020) 📖1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Ps 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11 (R.v.2); Mark 7:1-13 🎤BUILD UP A HOME FOR THE LORD IN YOUR HEART Do you remember what happened, as we read yesterday, when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into the temple? The glory of the Lord filled the temple, indicating the presence of God in the temple (cf. 1 Kgs 8:11-13). Note that the content of that Ark was the two tablets of stone which Moses placed in it at Horeb (cf. 1 Kgs...

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“… THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” (1 Kgs 8:11)

⏰Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 (10 February 2020 – Memorial of St. Scholastica) 📖1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Ps 132:6-7, 8-10 (R.v.8a); Mark 6:53-56 🎤”… THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” (1 Kgs 8:11) It is another beginning of a new working week. Just as the presence of the Ark of the Lord made the glory of the Lord to fill the house of the Lord, so shall God make a renewed entrance into your home so that his glory may remain ever fresh in your life. Amen. Jesus is the...

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“GO, AND THE LORD BE WITH YOU!” (1 Sam 17:37)

⏰Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time II (22 Jan 2020) 📖1 Sam 17:32-33, 37, 40-51; Ps 144:1, 2, 9-10 (R.v.1a); Mark 3:1-6 “GO, AND THE LORD BE WITH YOU!” (1 Sam 17:37) My dear, yesterday, we were well reassured that with the presence of God around us, there will be no obstacle to our victory. When God speaks, every opposition remains silent (see Mark 3:4). Our destinies are safe in his hands and so, nobody can tamper with it. Of course, that is only if we don’t tamper with it ourselves. The Church teaches that faith alone cannot...

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WE HAVE A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST

⏰The Baptism of the Lord (Year A) 📖Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10 (R.v.11b); Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17 🎤WE HAVE A SHARE IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST According to the Catholic Catechism of Christian Doctrine, “Baptism is a sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church.” Johns baptism, which Jesus participated in was also called a “baptism of repentance.” With the above in mind, it is of little wonder why the early Christians felt embarrassed at the thought of the Baptism of Jesus. Would that...

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“SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Matt 6:33)

⏰Sixth Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord (30 December 2019) 📖1 John 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10 (R.v.11a); Luke 2:36-40 🎤”SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD” (Matt 6:33) There is one Igbo song that we normally take at funerals: “Nwa nke mmadụ che uche ndụ gị; “Gịnị g’abụ ụgwọ ọlụ gị; “Oge ife nke ụwa ga-esoro ụwa laa? “Nwa nke mmadụ che uche ndụ gị.” That song translates thus: “Man think about your life; “What shall be your gain, “When the things of the world would vanish with the world? “Man think about your life.”...

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“…YOUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR” (Luke 21:28)

⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 1 (28 Nov 2019) 📖Dan 6:11-27; Ps 3:46, 49, 50, 47, 48, 51, 52 (R.v.46b); Luke 21:20-28 🎤”… YOUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR” (Luke 21:28) Yes! In the spirit of the season, which places us in the mood of the end time and the parousia – the second coming of Christ – we can say that our redemption is near. Yet, in a way, we can safely say that our redemption is already here because Jesus is already and always with us (see Matt 28:20). He is Immanuel – God-with-us! If then...

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