For the past three Sundays, we’ve been reading about the encounters between Jesus, the Pharisees, the Scribe, and the Herodians. Jesus’ encounters with these religious sects were almost always marked by conflict and disagreements, but today Jesus tells us exactly …

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In Exodus 30:17-21, God commanded Moses to make a bronze basin and put it between the tent of meeting and the altar. Moses was to put water in the basin for Aaron, the priest, and his children to wash their hands and feet before going up to the altar to offer sacrifices. When the Jewish Temple was destroyed, and there was no longer altar of sacrifice, the washing ritual was moved to the dining table to preserve the tradition of washing. That was how it became the Jewish tradition to wash hands before eating.

Today we begin the season of Advent, the season of special preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word advent is from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming. The season of advent is of expectation, anticipation, and …

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Today we celebrate the feast of Christ, the universal king, and this feast marks the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar. It is a celebration we can consider ancient and new. It is ancient because God did not become king …

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In our first reading today, the prophet Jeremiah prophesied about the coming freedom and restoration of the people of Israel. They were led into captivity due to their disobedience to God; they turned their back against the God that brought …

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In our first reading this morning from the book of wisdom, the writer, probably Solomon, prayed, and he was given understanding or wisdom. He treasured this understanding above everything; he believes strongly that if the understanding he was given is …

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Christianity in our generation has been turned into something else; it is not an exaggeration to say that anti-Christian/Catholic tendencies have eaten deep into the Church, particularly the Nigerian Church. Our readings this morning addresses some of these anomalies; all …

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Jesus said, listen to another parable, which means he has been speaking in parables. In our part of the world, we are very familiar with parables; we, as Africans and Nigerians, are blessed with that. In many cases, essential messages …

Homily for the Twenty-seventh Sunday, year A. Read more »

Our first reading this morning reminds us of the gospel passage we read a week ago about how some hired servants saw injustice in the landowner’s generosity and complained. In our first reading this morning, the people of Israel saw …

Homily for the Twenty-sixth Sunday, year A. Read more »

Christianity in our generation is gradually losing its focus; it is gradually becoming mere entertainment, politics, physical manifestation of power, signs, and wonders. The object of focus is gradually shifting from eternal life in Christ to a beautiful life here …

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