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May 27, 2018

The Bumpy Ride of Life

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, we are called to see our life on earth as a pilgrimage, laden with bumps and potholes. But God is always on hand to steer us through. He’s got our back! In the Second Reading, St Peter says: “you must be scrupulously careful as long as you are living away from your home.” We are pilgrims on our way back to the Father’s house. The Responsorial Psalm explains that God is faithful and, if we stay close to him, he will show us the path of life and everlasting happiness. The Gospel passage expresses the same truth – Jesus…

Sunday Reading: SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 66:4 All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 49: 3. 5-6 Theme: “I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” The LORD said to me, “You…

Sunday reading: TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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Entrance Antiphon   Cf. Ps 86:1-3 Turn your ear, O LORD, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.   Collect O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of…

Narrowing Down Our Ways

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

This week, our Lord Jesus wants us to realize that the Gospel is not a matter of how many will be saved but of how one may be saved. He likens the spiritual journey to a “narrow door” of trials and tribulations, and only those who embrace it will be saved. The Lord makes a number of important points today: a) Salvation requires effort – we must do our very best. Complacency is not an option. We are saved by faith, no doubt, but faith without good works is to no avail. b) We must utilize the opportunity we have…

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 54:6-8 See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O LORD, for it is good. COLLECT Show favour, O Lord, to your servants, and mercifully increase the gift of your grace, that made fervent in hope, faith and charity, they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands. FIRST READING A reading from the book of Genesis 18: 1-10a Theme: “Lord, do not pass by your servant.” In those days: The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Oaks of Mamre, as…

Sunday Readings: TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C) 18/8/2013

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Opening Prayer God our Father, may we love you in all things and above all things and reach the joy you have prepared for us beyond all our imaging.   First Reading A reading from the prophet Jeremiah 38:4-6. 8-10 Theme: You have borne me to be a man of dissension for all the land The king’s leading men spoke to the king. “Let Jeremiah be put to death: he is unquestionably disheartening the remaining soldiers in the city, all the people too, by talking like this. The fellow does not have the welfare of this people at heart so…

Sunday Readings: NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C) 11/8/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Almighty and ever-living God, your Spirit made us your children, confident to call you Father. Increase your Spirit within us and bring us to our promised inheritance.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Wisdom 18:6-9 Theme: By the same act with which you took vengeance on our foes you made us glorious by calling us to you. That night had been foretold to our ancestors, so that, once they saw what kind of oaths they had put their trust in, they would joyfully take courage. This was the expectation of your people, the saving of…

The Gospel According To Wealth

My short term membership and eventual chairmanship of the prestigious Christian Association of Nigeria opened my eyes to  many realities, good and evil. On a positive note, I was delighted to observe that virtually all the people in the contemporary Nigerian society believe that their lives and existence depend on a power not their own. They truly believe that there is an unseen hand that guides their every action and that whatever befalls them may have something to do with this power. Some call this power God, some call him Chukwu, some Christian call him Jehovah, some name him Allah;…

Sunday Readings: FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (7/7/2013)

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FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (7/7/2013) OPENING PRAYER Father, through the obedience of Jesus, your servant and your Son, you raised a fallen world. Free us from sin and bring us the joy that lasts for ever.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Isaiah 66:10-14 Theme: Towards her I send flowing peace, like a river. Rejoice, Jerusalem, be glad for her, all you who love her! Rejoice, rejoice for her, all you who mourned her! That you may be suckled, filled, from her consoling  breast, that you may savour with delight her glorious breasts. For thus says the…

Sunday Readings: THIRTEEN SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (30/6/2013)

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THIRTEEN SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (30/6/2013) OPENING PRAYER Father, you call your children to walk in the light of Christ. Free us from darkness and keep us in the radiance of your truth   FIRST READING A reading from the first book of the Kings 19:16. 19-21 Elisha rose and followed Elijah The Lord said to Elijah: “Go, you are to anoint Elisha son of Shaphat, of Abel Meholah, as prophet to succeed you.” Leaving there, Elijah came on Elisha son of Shaphat as he was ploughing behind twelve yoke of oxen, he himself being with the twelfth. Elijah passed…

Sunday Reading: 12TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (23/6/2013)

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OPENING PRAYER Father, guide and protector of your people, grant us an unfailing respect for your name, and keep us always in your love.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Zechariah 12:10 – 11 Theme: they will look on the one who  m they have pierced It is the Lord who speaks: “Over the House of David and the citizens of Jerusalem I will pour out a spirit  of kindness and prayer.  They will look on the one whom they have pierced; they will mourn for him as for an only son, and weep for him as people…

Sunday Reading: ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (16/6/2013)

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ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (16/6/2013) OPENING PRAYER Almighty God, our hope and our strength, without you we falter. Help us to follow Christ and to live according to your will.   FIRST READING A reading from the second book of Samuel 12:7 – 10. 13 Theme: The Lord forgives your sin; you are not to die. Nathan said to David, “The Lord the God of Israel says this, ‘I anointed you king over Isreal; I delivered you from the hands of Saul; I gave your master’s house to you, his wives into your arms;  I gave you the…

Sunday Reading: TENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (9/6/2013)

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FIRST READING A reading from the first book of Kings 17:17 – 24 Theme: Look your son is alive. The son of the mistress of the house fell sick; his illness was so severe that in the end he had no breath left in him.  And the woman said to Elijah, “What quarrel have you with me, man of God? Have you come here to bring my sins home to me and to kill my son?” “Give me your son,” he said, and taking him from her lap, carried him to the upper room where he was staying and laid…

Full text of Bishop Okpaleke’s Post-ordination speech (2)

Contd. from last edition In a lighter mood, let me confess that now I know firsthand the emotions women go through when they are getting married. It is like being transplanted from one location to another with the uncertainties and adaptation challenges therefrom. The experience is made worse if the woman notices sins of non-acceptance by some in her place of marriage. But many women know that in spite of the roughness of the beginnings, better days could be ahead and that the best way to ensure better days ahead is by loving and serving all irrespective of what has…

READING FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY 19/5/2013

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OPENING PRAYER God our Father, let the Spirit you sent on your Church to begin the teaching of the gospel continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 2, 1-11 Theme: they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared…

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C 12/5/2013

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OPENING PRAYER Father, help us keep in mind that Christ our Saviour lives with you in glory and promised to remain with us until the end of time.  FIRST READING A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 7:55-60 Theme: I can see the son of man standing at the right hand of God. Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven  and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand.  “I can see heaven thrown open”, he said, “and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this all the…