Homilies/Reflections

Homilies/Reflections

Let us get the right balance
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 27 Jan 2023
Heb. 10: 32-39, Mk 4:26-34. God’s message is like a seed with lots of promises, which bears fruit only after much waiting. There is conflict and change as the seed breaks apart and loses itse

The Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 26 Jan 2023
2 Tim. 1:1-8, Mk 4:21-25. In today’s first reading, Paul recalls that Timothy’s faith was influenced by the example of his mother and grandmother. Paul encourages Timothy to continue to

The Conversion of St Paul
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 25 Jan 2023
THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL: Acts 22:3-16, Mk 16:15-18. One of the most fascinating elements of Paul’s conversion is that the encounter with Jesus left him unable to see and in need of help fro

The Memorial of St Francis de Sales
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 24 Jan 2023
Heb. 10:1-10, Mk 3:31-35. Heb. 10:1-10, Mk 3:31-35. Fidelity to God’s will incorporates us into Divine family. Jesus identifies the true disciple not by position, special privileges of birth,

Unity of Christians should be founded, renewed and sustained by Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 23 Jan 2023
Heb. 9:15.24-28, Mk 3:22-30. Today’s first reading envisions the unity of mankind as founded, renewed and sustained by Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant. He died to unite us in God&rsqu

You are to be the light to the nation
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 22 Jan 2023
Ish 8:23-9:3, 1 Cor. 1:1-13.17, Mt. 4:22-23. On this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to be a light shining upon those in darkness. The light brings hope of better days,

SABBATH WAKE-UP CALL (MY WORD WILL NEVER PASS AWAY)
By REV. FR. ANTHONY OGUNYALE       Sun, 22 Jan 2023
SABBATH WAKE-UP CALL Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3 / 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17 / Matthew 4:12-23 SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD In Nigeria, there are 19 states that make up Northern Ni

Jesus offered Himself for us once and for all
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 21 Jan 2023
Heb. 9:2-3.11-14, Mk 3:20-21. The author of today’s first reading is very much aware of the significance of the Temple and how blood sacrifices were made throughout Hebrew history. He recalls

The Feast of Blessed Iwene Tansi
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 20 Jan 2023
: Phil. 2:1-11, Mt. 13:44-46. Today, the Church in Nigeria celebrate locally the Feast of Blessed Cyprian Michael lwene Tansi, a humble servant of God born in Aguleri, Anambra State of the South Ea

10  "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Fri, 20 Jan 2023
Feast of Blessed Cyprian Tansi: Scripture  1st Reading: Phil2:1-11Resp. Psalm: Is12:2-6Gosp. Accl.: 2Cor5:19Gospel: Mt13:44-46 Jesus is the treasure

11  The Priesthood of Christ
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 19 Jan 2023
Heb. 7:25-8:6, Mk 3:7-12. Today’s first reading presents us with a contrast between the Levitical Priesthood and the Priesthood of Christ. The Hebrew priests could only offer “shadow&rd

12  THE ETERNAL INTERCESSOR
By REV. FR. PETER IBIMILUYI       Thu, 19 Jan 2023
(Hebr. 7:25-8:6, Ps. 40, Mk. 3:7-12) Of the faith that the catholic church holds so dear is that of intercession. She believes and teaches that certain persons who out of sheer gra

13  The Ministry of Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 18 Jan 2023
Heb. 7: 1-3.15-17, Mk 3:1-6. The contrast between the ministry of Jesus and that of the religious leaders of His time is apparent in the readings. Today’s first reading recounts the life of M

14  DO GOOD ALWAYS
By REV. FR. PETER IBIMILUYI       Wed, 18 Jan 2023
(Hebr. 7:1-3, 15-17, Ps. 110, Mk. 3:1-6) The discussion that ensues between Jesus and the elders of the people in the gospel reading of today is one that set out to point to us that goodnes

15  Relationship with God, Faith and Actions
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 17 Jan 2023
Heb. 6:10-20, Mk 2:23-28. Today’s readings focus on relationship with God, faith and action. Today’s first reading urges the Jewish Christians to remain faithful to the covenant relatio

16  "is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Tue, 17 Jan 2023
Memorial of St. Anthony Scripture  1st Reading: Heb7:1-3,15-17Resp. Psalm: Ps110:1-4Gosp. Accl.: Mt4:23Gospel: Mk3:1-6 Sabbath is for

17  Jesus the source of Eternal Salvation
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 16 Jan 2023
Heb. 5:1-10, Mk 2:18-22. The author of today’s first reading wrote to addressed members of the Jewish faith who have also become believers in Jesus as the Messiah. The author of this letter r

18  IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, THERE IS FULLNESS OF JOY
By REV. FR. PETER IBIMILUYI       Mon, 16 Jan 2023
(Hebr. 5:1-10, Ps. 110, Mk. 2:18-22)The account of the encounter of Jesus with the disciples of John recorded in the gospel reading of today is never to be taken as an attempt to debase

19  We are called to be Saints
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 15 Jan 2023
Ish 49:3.5-6, 1 Cor. 1:1-3, Jn 1:29-34. On this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church invites us to be a shining star to the world. Two particular thoughts are prompted by today’s

20  "Behold the Lamb of God!"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Sun, 15 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: Is49:3,5-6Resp. Psalm: Ps40:2,4,7-102nd Reading: 1Cor1:1-3Gosp. Accl.: Jn1:14,12Gospel: Jn1:29-34 "Behold the Lamb of God, who t

21  I HAVE COME FOR SINNERS
By REV. FR. PETER IBIMILUYI       Sat, 14 Jan 2023
(Hebr. 4:12-16, Ps. 19, Mk. 2:13-17) The gospel reading of today narrates the call of Levi, one who by every human standard does not merit having such a close affinity with Christ, wh

22  THE PLACE OF REST
By REV. FR. PETER IBIMILUYI       Fri, 13 Jan 2023
(Hebr. 4:1-5. 11, Ps. 78, Mk. 2:1-12) Of the things that man should ordinarily quest for is rest. Yes, ordinarily because some of the things man engages in, in his pursuit here on ear

23  "If you will, you can make me clean"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Thu, 12 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: Heb3:7-14Resp. Psalm: Ps95:6-11Gosp. Accl.: Mt4:23Gospel: Mk1:40-45 The type of faith we should have The total and unquestioni

24  "He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Wed, 11 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: Heb2:14-18Resp. Psalm: Ps105:1-4,6-9Gosp. Accl.: Jn10:27Gospel: Mk1:29-39 He brought us wholeness The Lord brought joy, peace,

25  " He taught them as one with authority, and not as the scribes"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Tue, 10 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: Heb2:5-12Resp. Psalm: Ps8:2,5-9Gosp. Accl.: 1Thess2:13Gospel: Mk1:21-28 "They were astonished at his teaching" The "drama" at

26  "the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Mon, 09 Jan 2023
The Baptism of the Lord Scripture 1st Reading: Is42:1-4,6-7Resp. Psalm: Ps29:1-4,9-10Gosp. Accl.: Mk9:6Gosp

27  "For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him."
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Sun, 08 Jan 2023
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Scripture 1st Reading: Is60:1-6Resp. Psalm: Ps72:1-2,7-8,10-132nd Reading:

28  He gave them joy and gladness
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Sat, 07 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: 1Jn5:14-21Resp. Psalm: Ps149:1-6,9Gosp. Accl.: Lk7:16Gospel: Jn2:1-11 "They have no wine"  Joy overflowing. Abundance and

29  "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Fri, 06 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: 1Jn5:5-13Resp. Psalm: Ps147:12-15,19-20Gosp. Accl.: Mk9:6Gospel: Mk1:7-11 "After me comes he who is mightier than I" The decla

30  "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel"
By REV. FR. ANTHONY IGBEKELE       Thu, 05 Jan 2023
Scripture  1st Reading: 1Jn3:11-21Resp. Psalm: Ps100:1-5Gospel: Jn1:43-51 He found Philip in Galilee The presence of divinity is awe-inspiring. In the manif

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