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TAKE COURAGE; YOUR FAITH SHALL SAVE YOU!

⏰Monday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 July 2020) 📖Hos 2:14bc, 15bc-16, 19-20; Ps 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Matt 9:18-26 Faith is a supernatural gift of God which enables us to believe without doubt all that God has revealed. The Jewish official and the woman that suffered hemorrhage for about 12 years in Matt 9:18-26 manifested this gift. They must have seen Jesus perform so many miracles and were ready to surmount any hindrance to getting Jesus’ help. Remember that the Jewish authorities did not believe in Jesus due to their religious belief. But this official...

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IS NOT THIS THE CARPENTER, THE SON OF MARY? (Mark 6:3)

⏰FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) 📑Ezek 2:2-5; Ps 123:1-2a, 2bc, 3-4 (R.v.2ef); 2 Cor 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 We are obviously aware of that saying that over-familiarity breeds contempt. The kind of reception that Jesus got from his kinsmen in the Gospel today explains that well. For some weeks before now, we have been seeing, from the Gospel of Mark, the divine power at work in Jesus. And the result has mostly been reverence for him and for God through him in the foreign nations and surrounding villages (cf. Mark 1:28, 45; 2:12; 4:41; 5:20). But now, he came...

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“I WILL RESTORE THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL” (Amos 9:14)

⏰Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 July 2020) 📖Amos 9:11-15; Ps 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.9); Matt 9:14-17 🎤”I WILL RESTORE THE FORTUNES OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL” (Amos 9:14) In the writings of the prophets, the theme of the ‘remnant’ is often used to describe the few ones from whom the Lord rebuilds the nation and continues the course he has set out to achieve in them. Remnant theology among other things re-echoes the prophecy of Ezekiel that God does not want the death of the wicked but that he may repent and live (Ezek...

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DO NOT TREAT THE WORD OF GOD WITH CONTEMPT

⏰Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (06 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:4-6, 9-12; Ps 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 (R. Matt 4:4); Matt 9:9-13 While we pray for God’s blessing and deliverance as we were promised yesterday, there is an important warning given to us today. Some of us are now so familiar with God and the Word of God, or claim to be so close to him and very familiar with the Word of God such that they do not regard these with much importance again. That is a risk. The prophet Amos recounted how some...

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“RISE, TAKE YOUR BED AND GO HOME” (Matt 9:6)

⏰Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (05 July 2018) 📖Amos 7:10-17; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.10b); Matt 9:1-8 Hello dear, how is life treating you? Good as you want? Then give thanks to God. Otherwise, still never lose hope. Believe that God has not forgotten you. No matter how hopeless the situation might appear in human eye now, he is not done with you yet. Remember that Jesus said that even our little faith can move mountains (cf. Matt 17:20). We can see an instance of that in the faith of the friends of the paralyzed...

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WELCOME AND ACCEPT JESUS

⏰Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (04 July 2018) 📖Amos 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17 (R.v.23bc); Matt 8:28-34 That is a popular saying! Abi no be so? Surely! But the question remains: HOW? Is it by being regular at Mass or Church gatherings; attending crusades, daily study of the scripture, long days of dry fasting, making fat donations to the Church? All these are quite important as they would help draw us closer to God and God’s people. Yet, only one thing is really very important: LOVE (1Cor. 13:1-13). Jesus summarized all that is...

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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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