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“WHAT I WANT IS MERCY, NOT SACRIFICE; KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, NOT HOLOCAUST” (Hos 6:6)

⏰Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (02 July 2018) 📖Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Ps 50:16bc-17, 18-20, 21, 22-23 (R.v.22a); Matt 8:18-22 The prophet Amos is well known as a prophet of social justice. He was a simple farmer and shepherd from the tribe of Judah before God called him to prophesy in Northern Israel (cf. Amos 7:14-15). He was always crying out against the oppression of the poor. In Amos 2:6-16, he spoke out against religious desecration. Many at that time claimed to be religious elites, yet they got involved in different kinds of immoralities and oppression of...

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“I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, LIFE IN ALL IS FULNESS” (John10:10)

⏰THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📕Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Ps 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b (R.v.2a); 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43 The Liturgy of today continues to reveal the power of Jesus over all things, an indication of his divine power. Both the healing of the woman with a haemorrhage and that of the raising of the daughter of Jairus from death defied earthly powers, and the Gospel writer acknowledged this (cf. Marks26, 29:35, 42). While the supremacy of Jesus over all power is the most essential thing that the Liturgy points to, the themes...

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“HE TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR DISEASES” (Matt 8:17)

⏰Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 June 2020 – Memorial of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Issele-Uku Diocese) 📖Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Ps 74:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 20-21 (R.v.19b); Matt 8:5-17 🎤”HE TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND BORE OUR DISEASES” (Matt 8:17) You need to be sure of this beloved in Christ; God can do all things and with him, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). There is no hopeless situation insofar as he is actively involved, and the way to get him involved is by having an absolute faith in him. This is the type of...

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HEAVEN HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES

⏰Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (25 June 2020) 📖2 Kgs 24:8-17; Ps 79:1-2, 3-5, 8, 9 (R.v.9bc); Matt 7:21-29 Do you realize that, most times, when we make such comments as the above, we do so in relation to what might benefit us materially? Earthly comfort makes us to even dictate for God how we are to follow him. That is why we have that great orientation known as pro-choice. We want to be in charge of our lives, it does not matter whether we live outside the Law of God insofar as we are comfortable....

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BEWARE OF SOUND-LOOKING TREES WITH POISONOUS FRUIT

⏰Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (27 June 2018) 📖2 Kgs 22:8-13, 23:1-3; Ps 119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40 (R.v.33a); Matt 7:15-20 My dear, while every sound tree bears good fruit” (Matt 7:17), it is indisputable that some deceptively-looking sound trees can be seen in the midst of really sound trees. Those are what Jesus described as false prophets who are wolves in sheep clothing. Jesus used the sermon on the mount (Matt 5:1 – 7:27) to expose the demands of the Kingdom of God to his disciples. The demand is beyond mere affiliation to the...

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BAD COMPANY DENIES YOU LIFE!

⏰Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 June 2016) 📖2 Chron 24:17-25; Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34 (R.v.29a); Matt 6:24-34 Who would have imagined that King Joash, who received much protection from the house of God when his life was under threat by the wicked Queen Athaliah (cf. 2 Kings 11:1-20) would one day turn against God and the household of the same priest, Jehoiada that protected him? This happened because of the bad counsel from the princes of Judah (cf. 2 Chron 24:17). Who are your friends? While you are making effort to be successful, materially...

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YOUR PROBLEMS HAVE EXPIRY DATE!

⏰Friday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (22 June 2018) 📖2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Ps 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18 (R.v.13); Matt 6:19-23 After her mother terrorised the Northern Kingdom of Israel with her evils and false religion, Athaliah the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel tried to ply her mother’s kind of business in Judah, the kingdom of David. He tried to challenge God by making sure his promise to David, that his dynasty would last forever is not fulfilled. But God cannot be challenged because all authority belong to him. Read that story and see for yourself....

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“AS IN HIS LIFE HE DID WONDERS, SO IN HIS DEATH HIS DEEDS WERE MARVELOUS” (Sirach 48:14)

⏰Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (18 June 2020) 📖Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 (R.v.12a); Matt 6:7-15 Within one of our reflections through this medium in the past, we have tried to explain the benefits of our celebration of the Saints. One of those reasons is for us to imitate their lives and faith (see Heb 13:7). The second is to have them intercede for us before God. It is in this second that many people have problems with us, Catholics. They would ask, “How can a dead person intercede for you? Who don die...

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“FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” (Matt 6:12)

⏰Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 June 2018 – Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga) 📖Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 (R.v.12a); Matt 6:7-15 St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose memorial we celebrate today, died at the age of 23. He was known for his outstanding life of holiness, marked by piety, selflessness and simplicity. He was a man of prayer. Prayer is a communication between God and man. With prayer man presents his petition before God and hope that God hears and answer him. With the above in mind, I wonder how many of us who do...

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BE ETERNALLY VIGILANT! (1Pet 5:8)

⏰Wednesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 June 2018) 📖2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14; Ps 31:20, 21, 24 (R.v.25); Matt 6:1-6, 16-18 There is that popular saying credited to Thomas Jefferson that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Christians, as St Peter admonished in 1 Pet 5:8, must be eternally vigilant in order not to be outwitted by the devil and so miss out in the blessings of God. Before Elijah was taken away from Elisha, he told Elisha to ask for any favour of him (see 2 Kgs 2:1-14). Credit must be given to Elisha for...

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