Wednesday, October 28, 2020
DATE : 29/10/2020, Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time (A) EVENT : Mass of the Weekday COLOUR : GREEN READINGS : Eph. 6:10-20; Resp. Psalm 143:1-2,9-10; Luke 13:31-35 THEME: BE ON GUARD AT ALL TIMES Greetings beloved people of God. I welcome you to "My Catholic Homily Digest". Today, I want to reflect with us on the theme " Be on Guard at all Times". Beloved, without mincing words, I put it to you that to opt for Christ is to place yourself at enmity with the devil and his legions. It means that the very moment you consciously decide to give your life to Christ, to repent, to shun your old ways or habit, that moment you unleash the host of evil forces to engage them in a fierce spiritual battle. Many of us think we are Christians, but in reality, we are nominal Christians. For in truth, Christianity is not about dancing, clapping, singing, and attending all sorts of prayer sessions or Church activities, but righteousness, peace and unwavering faith in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). So, unless you are determined to enter into a spiritual warfare with these strong forces and to conquer, do not think yourself a true Christian QED (Quod erat demonstrandum). Beloved, have you ever asked yourself these: Why is it difficult to consistently do good? Why is my passion always having the better of me? Why is sin so attractive, simple and irrestible?Why do I often fall prey to the evil I do not like to do? Listen up dear friend, the invitation to follow Christ is no small job. St. Paul did not hide this truth from us in the first reading of today Eph. 6:10-20, neither am I going to conceal it from you today. To succeed in this Christian journey, we must put on God’s armour so as to be able to resist the devil’s tactics. For it is not against human enemies that we struggle, but against the Sovereignties and the Powers who originate the darkness in this world, the spiritual army of evil in the heavenly places. So we must rely on God's grace if we hope to put up any resistance when the dark forces strike. Often time, the devil strikes from different angles, he may attack your spiritual life, making you to procrastinate; your business, making you to have financial crisis; your health, making you to doubt God's healing power; your family members, making them obstacles or a pain in your neck; your career, causing you to be discouraged in life; And worst of all, your faith, making you to doubt all that God has revealed or will speak through the mouth of His priests. Child of God, I want to cease this opportunity to encourage us that, in whatever ways the devil reveals his outdated tactics in your life, do not despair, do not lose faith, do no be discouraged. Hinge your Faith firmly on Christ who has given us victory over the evil forces, and has made us co-conquerors with Him (Rom. 8:37). I pray God to give us the grace to stand our ground, and to always conquer these evil forces that we must have to confront in our daily lives. God bless you #End Sars, #End Political Oppression #End Bad Governance #End Satanic bondage Oh that today you would listen to his voice harden not your hearts (Ps.95:7-8) LET US PRAY : Lord Jesus, give me the grace to always put on my spiritual armoury of faith, truth and integrity, as I confront these evil forces in my life....Amen @ Fada Emmanuel Nnamdi Megwara, MSP. ⛪
THURSDAY 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II Ephesians 6:10-20, Luke 13:31-35 BE ATTUNED TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD I wonder how some people feel when they start living life as if nothing matters. They get tired of praying because of their sins and the devil has an opportunity to enter into their lives fully. In the first reading of today, st Paul advise that we should try to bond with God because it is only prayer that can save us from the various tactics of the devil to lead us astray. Many of us do not pray, some who pray do not pray in a state of grace. Sometimes we may think the troubles we have to face in life are those of people around us, most times, they are not. We fight daily against the impulses of sin inside us. St Paul tells us that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. Most of these are our inner struggles against sin and the flesh. Let us continue daily to struggle against the things that make us not to live a good and prayerful life. How many of us are faithful to our times of prayers? How many of us are faithful to the Angelus and divine mercy prayer daily? May almighty God help us to always think of him so as to drive away evil thoughts from our lives. God help us. Amen. Fe Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
DATE : 28/10/2020, Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time (A) EVENT : Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles (Feast) COLOUR : RED READINGS : Eph. 2:19-22; Resp. Psalm 18:2-5; Luke 6:12-16. THEME: GOD HAS CALLED YOU TOO Greetings beloved people of God. I welcome you to "My Catholic Homily Digest". As the Church celebrates the feast day of two great apostles and saints, Simon and Jude, I want to reflect with us on the theme " God has Called You Too". Although not much is known to us about the life and public ministry of Ss. Simon and Jude whose feasts we celebrates today, we know that despite their flaws, Christ chose them as His apostles, and they remained faithful to their ministry, though in a more quite manner. Jude is said to be the brother of St. James the Lesser. Nephew of Mary and Joseph; blood relative of Jesus, and reported to look a lot like Jesus. St. Simon is said to be a zealot (those who have excess zeal for the Jewish law), and he brought this same zeal into his ministry as an apostle of Christ. Beloved, just like the first reading succinctly puts it, with the coming of Christ, you and I are no longer aliens or foreigners, to the kingdom of God, for Christ has called us, sanctified us, chosen us and made us co-heirs with Himself and all the saints. We are all now a part of that heavenly building which has the apostles as the foundation stones and Christ as the chief corner stone. We are stones, building up the body of Christ here on earth. As such, we need to remain available and relevant for the Lord to use us in His heavenly building project. Beloved, like today's theme read, God does not show partiality, He has no favourite, He has called all of us to be a part of His building. So, whoever makes himself available and docile, God will use him. Just like Ss. Simon and Jude, who have no special talent, charism or personal holiness, God can use anybody to bring about his salvation and purpose. He is not interested in your past or personality like Simon the zealot, He is not interested in your family or educational background like Jude, But, He is only interested in your disposition to answer the call and to remain faithful to it. I know it is a hard time in the world, especially in Nigeria to maintain your Christian values. But it is at such times as these when temptations lurks at every corner, when anger is justifiable, when looting is not seen as stealing, and when resources are scarce that God will reward faithfulness the most. I pray God to give us the grace to pull through these trying times unscathed. God bless you #End Sars, #End Political Oppression #End Bad Governance Oh that today you would listen to his voice harden not your hearts (Ps.95:7-8) LET US PRAY : Lord Jesus, fill me with courage and persevering faith to trust you. Give me the strength to cling to your promises when the world around me begins to crumble and when my zeal begin to waver, fan into me the flame of faithfulness to you...Amen
WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2020 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II FEAST OF STS SIMON AND JUDE (APOSTLES) NOT MUCH IS KNOWN ABOUT THEM In life, people have different personalities and behavioral patterns. Some always want to be the centre of attraction, some others do their work silently not minding whether they are recognized or not. Today as we celebrate the feast of Sts Simon and Jude, we discover that nothing much is known about them apart from the fact that they were Apostles of Jesus and that they carried on the faith till the end. Simon who is known as the zealot is said to have been zealous about the mosaic law and he was among a zealous group that was against Roman dominion of the Jews before Jesus called him. St Jude was the brother of James the less. He is believed to have preached the word of God in Palestine, Persia and Armenia where he suffered martyrdom. Because his name is similar to that of Judas Iscariot, he was rarely invoked during prayers, but devotion to him spread rapidly later on that he is known today as the patron saint of lost articles. Apart from when Jude asked Jesus a question at the last supper, they were silent workers who did not care about popularity and reward. As St Paul tells us in the first reading of today, we all are being built into one household of God, let us not seek our interest or gain, let us not work to be appreciated, let us not seek our own glory and fanfare. God sees us all, and he will bless us as we deserve. God help us. Amen. St Simon and St Jude: pray for us. Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP
DATE : 27/10/2020, Tuesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time (A) EVENT : Mass of the Weekday COLOUR : GREEN READINGS : Eph. 5:22-33; Resp. Psalm 127:1-5; Luke 13:18-21. THEME: RESPECT AND LOVE ARE EARNED, NOT DEMANDED Greetings beloved people of God. I welcome you to "My Catholic Homily Digest". Today, I want to reflect with us on the theme " Respect and love are Earned, not Demanded" Often times, people feel they are not respected or loved enough by their wives, husbands, colleagues, juniors and all those they expect to receive these feelings from. So, in a bid to satisfy these basic needs, they try to demand these love and respect from their subordinates. Listen to me dear friends, you are not supposed to ask someone to respect or love you. People respect and love you because you deserve their respect or when you have earned their love. The very moment you ever ask someone: Am I your mate? why didn't you greet me? So you did not see me? Why don't you respect me? A whole me? Then know that you have begun to lose your value for respect and love. Because, if you comport yourself properly, keep to your responsibilities, and act with discipline, people would ordinarily respect and love you, even your seniors and enemies would have no choice. Beloved, in today's First reading, taken from the epistle of St. Paul to the Church in Ephesus, 5:22-33; St. Paul admonished wives to love and respect their husband because the husband is the head of the house as Christ is head of the Church. Holding tenaciously to this verse of Scriptural, most men now demand love and respect from their wives, even when they themselves are not submissive to Christ and the Church, neither are they responsible in fulfilling their fatherly and husbandry duties. Most men who demand respect from their husband are not faithful to their marital vows, they do not even provide sufficient welfare package for their families, they keep late hours, are usual soaked in alcohol, do not teach their family how to pray, do not set good examples to their children, and often embarrass their wives with insults and bruises. Child of God, hear me, no matter who you are or the position you occupy, you will always reap what you sow like the Gospel reading of today tells us. If you sow acts of respect, kindness, generosity, empathy, discipline, self restraint and love, no matter how small (like a mustard seed), you will definitely reap a bountiful harvest of all the above and even more. I pray God to help husbands, bosses, and all those in places of authority to recognise that Respect, loyalty and love are earned through personal discipline, rather than demanded. God bless you #End Sars, #End Political Oppression #End Bad Governance #End High handedness Oh that today you would listen to his voice harden not your hearts (Ps.95:7-8) LET US PRAY : Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and transform me into the Christ-like holiness you desire. Increase my zeal for your kingdom and instill in me a holy desire to live for your greater glory...Amen @ Fada Emmanuel Nnamdi Megwara, MSP. ⛪
Monday, October 26, 2020
TUESDAY 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II Ephesians 5: 21-33 CREATING A GOOD CHRISTIAN FAMILY St Paul in the first reading of today gives a long and detailed discussion on how to have a peaceful Christian home that can help build up a good family. Most of the problems we have in our society today have their foundation from the family. In psalm 11:3, we are asked what the righteous can do if the foundation has been destroyed. Many children who cause havoc and are not stable in our society today can be traced to broken homes. This is why st Paul advices that husbands and wives should strive to live a peaceful life and be models for their children. Husbands and wives should be best of friends, they should live, care and cater for one another, there should be understanding, patience and respect for one another. I know a family where the husband calls his wife mummy and the wife calls him daddy. This has gone a long way to instill much more love and respect from the children. A family where there is always quarrel and rancor cannot be models of christian faith. Husbands should love and care for their wives instead of lording it over them. There should be trust and understanding. We pray that almighty God will give us the grace to make our family holy just like the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. God help us. Amen. Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
DATE : 26/10/2020, Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time (A) EVENT : Mass of the Weekday COLOUR : GREEN READINGS : Eph. 4:32-5:8, Resp. Psalm 2:1-4,6; Luke 13:10-17. THEME: I COMMAND WHATEVER THAT HAS HELD YOU DOWN TO RELEASE YOU IN JESUS NAME Greetings beloved people of God. I welcome you to "My Catholic Homily Digest". As this new working begins, in which we celebrate the memorial of great Christian witnesses in our Country, I want to reflect with us on the theme " I Command Whatever that has held you down to Release you in Jesus Name". As a priest of the most high God, I have had encounters with people who have shared with me certain troubling and deep issues. Majority of which I discovered that certain spiritual or physical forces have held them down and bound, preventing them from actualizing their destiny or moving forward in life. Beloved, let me ask you this: Are comfortable with where you are in life now, are you comfortable with the level of your spiritual life, or your academic life, or your physical health, or your financial status or marital life, or single state? Are you under the bondage of a sinful habit that you feel entrapped, or a reoccurring sickness that has defiled all medication, or a gross financial crisis that has become an embarrassment to you, or spiritual laxity that had made you a Christian pagan? Do not worry Jesus Christ has come and He had power to rid you of all these infirmities. Beloved, in the Gospel reading of today, Luke 13:10-17, we heard that Jesus healed the a woman whom the devil has held sick and bound for 18 yrs. Listen to me child of God, the Devil has power to tamper with our spiritual and physical life, but his power is not infinite. That is why When the appointed time comes (Habb. 2:3-4), God will surely bring about our complete healing and shall restore in abundance, whatever we have lost in the years of locusts infestation and satanic bondage (Joel 2:25). Beloved, wherever you are reading this homily in faith on this first day of the week, by the Eucharistic power of Jesus Christ, I command that any and every form of Satanic bondage that has held you captive whether in your financial, spiritual, physical, mental, or academic life, let them be destroyed now that you may be free to live fully the good life God ordained for you in Jesus name. God bless you #End Sars, #End Political Oppression #End Bad Governance #End Satanic bondage Oh that today you would listen to his voice harden not your hearts (Ps.95:7-8) LET US PRAY : Lord Jesus, you grant freedom to those who seek you. Give me freedom to walk in your way of love and to praise and worship you always. Show me how I can bring your mercy and healing love to those in need around me..Amen HAPPY NEW WEEK BELOVED (BARKA DA SABUWAR MAKO) @ Fada Emmanuel Nnamdi Megwara, MSP. ⛪
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