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Homily for the first Sunday of Advent, year A

26.11.2022 in Sermons

According to the solar calendar which measures the time it takes the earth to orbit the sun, we begin a new year every first of January. However, the Church begins her liturgical year on every first Sunday of Advent. So, we can greet ourselves with...

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Homily for twenty-first Sunday, year C

21.08.2022 in Sermons

Jesus preaching from one town to another and making his way to Jerusalem, and someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved? Preaching from one town to another and making his way to Jerusalem, Jesus was asked, “Lord, will only a few be saved? The...

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Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday, year C

06.08.2022 in Sermons

The first two sentences or the first paragraph of our first reading this morning is powerful and makes a lot of sense. It is written that "The night of the deliverance from Egypt was made known beforehand to our ancestors, so that they might rejoice...

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Homily for the second Sunday of Lent, year C

12.03.2022 in Sermons

Today is the second Sunday of Lent, a Lenten journey we started about twelve days ago. At this time of the liturgical year, we slow down as Catholics to take time to reflect on our lives. Who are we? Who am I? Are we “created...

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Homily for the first Sunday of Lent, Year C

05.03.2022 in Sermons

Some time ago, I had the privilege of directing a retreat in one of the female religious institutes in Nigeria, and in one of the sections, we reflected on the topic, “Do not close the door.” The retreatants were all encouraged never to close the...

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Homily for the sixth Sunday in ordinary time, Year C

13.02.2022 in Sermons

In our liturgy of the word today, the Church calls her children to renew their trust and confidence in God. Our readings sound interesting but could easily be misunderstood or misinterpreted.In the first reading, the prophet Jeremiah reminds us that “Cursed is the man who...

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Homily for the Fourth Sunday in ordinary time year C

29.01.2022 in Sermons

Preacher Teaching from Bible God called Jeremiah and commissioned him to proclaim the gospel to a society that has turned its back on the truth. And Jeremiah knew what that meant; to speak the truth to kings and queens, princes and princesses, to nations and kingdoms....

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Homily for the third Sunday of ordinary time, C

21.01.2022 in Sermons

Our first reading this morning from the book of prophet Nehemiah is fascinating and apt for our world today. I would want to take us back to the background of this reading for a better understanding.At a point in the history of Israel, they went...

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Homily for the twenty-Sixth Sunday in ordinary time B

25.09.2021 in Sermons

Today, I want to focus on the first reading from the book of Numbers 11:25-29. It’s about how Moses was tired and frustrated, leading ancient Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses was tired of the people’s complaints and murmurings, but God directed...

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Homily for 22nd Sunday year B

28.08.2021 in Sermons

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...

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Homily for New Year Vigil

28.12.2020 in Sermons

We give God the praise on this last night of the year 2020, a year considered by many as strange and horrible, a year the unimaginable hands of evil arm-twisted nations and the entire world. Yet, 2020 was a year many people received blessings beyond...

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Homily for the second Sunday of Easter

19.04.2020 in Sermons

Homily for the second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy The resurrection power came with restoration power; Jesus arose to raise us to unimaginable height, a height no other power except ourselves can pull down. We certainly do not deserve this favor, but the unfathomable mercy of God...

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Homily for Easter Sunday

12.04.2020 in Sermons

Homily for Easter Sunday He is risen! In most parts of the world, the Lenten journey this year was uniquely private and personal due to the pandemic that shook the world and still ravaging parts of the world today. Devastating as the pandemic is, it reminded the...

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Homily for the fifth Sunday of Lent, year A.

27.03.2020 in Sermons

Homily for the fifth Sunday of Lent, year A Lets pray and trust God for protections and healing. We are in a very trying moment, the world is in turmoil, and Church doors are closed all over the word in fear of the tsunamic spread of coronavirus...

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Homily for second Sunday of Lent, A

07.03.2020 in Sermons

Today's celebration reminds us once again of the Lenten call to be renewed and transformed like Christ who let three of his apostles see an amazing transformation of himself at the mountaintop. He took with him Peter, James, and John and led them up the...

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Homily for the first Sunday of Lent, year A

28.02.2020 in Sermons

Some time ago, I had the privilege of directing a retreat in one of the female religious institutes in Nigeria, and in one of the sections, we reflected on the topic, “Do not close the door.” The retreatants were all encouraged never to close the...

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Homily for third Sunday, ordinary tiHme year A.

25.01.2020 in Sermons

Homily for third Sunday in ordinary time, year A It is mostly attributed to St. Augustine to have said, “the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” In other words, the Old Testament lies hidden in the...

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Homily For New Year (2020)

31.12.2019 in Sermons

With a grateful heart, I stand before you all to thank God for the amazing blessing of this New Year; God is indeed merciful to let us be counted among the living. To him be glory forever. God did not create us to flounder...

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Homily for New Year Vigil

30.12.2019 in Sermons

In the ancient Roman religion was a god believed to be called Janus; it was the people's conviction that Janus was two-faced and that he sees the beginning and end of all things. In what looks like an attempt to imitate the sovereignty of our...

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Homily for the feast of the holy family

27.12.2019 in Sermons

We celebrate today with great joy the feast of the Holy family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph; the Church presents this family as a model for the families of the world rocked by crises of all kinds. The Church presents this holy family, not as...

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Homily for Thirty-third Sunday C

15.11.2019 in Sermons

To many in our world today, where secularism is praised and celebrated as a virtue, our first reading this morning from the book of the prophet Malachi will mean nothing. The secular nature of so many nations around the world blinds people to the fact...

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Homily for twentirth Sunday, year C

17.08.2019 in Sermons

The prophet Jeremiah was a great prophet of God, even though some people saw him as a prophet of doom because he spoke the truth. He was ignored and maltreated; some refer to him as the weeping prophet. He warned the people about the coming doom,...

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Homily for eighteenth Sunday C

02.08.2019 in Sermons

"Vanity of vanity, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanity. All is vanity!" This reminds me of what I once told a close friend. We were together listening to national news on national TV. They showed and talked about the glamorous wedding ceremony of one of...

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Homily for Sixteenth Sunday C

18.07.2019 in Sermons

The story about the two sisters in our gospel passage this morning and how they reacted to the visit of Jesus reminds me of the journey I made some years ago to Israel. We left Nigeria in high spirit, and many people requested we pray...

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Homily for fifteenth Sunday C

12.07.2019 in Sermons

Our gospel reading today opens with a lawyer who to disconcert Jesus, stood up and asked; Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus’ interaction with this lawyer led to the parable of the good Samaritan. Most people pay so much attention....

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Homily for fourteenth Sunday C

05.07.2019 in Sermons

Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them out in pairs to towns and villages to proclaim the word of God. According to Luke, in chapter 9 of the same gospel, he had sent the twelve on the same mission and with the same instructions. By...

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Homily for Corpus Christi C

22.06.2019 in Sermons

The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just as the Holy Spirit did...

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Homily for first Sunday of Lent C

07.03.2019 in Sermons

We celebrate today the first Sunday of Lent, a season we are invited to journey into ourselves to ask some fundamental questions about our relationship with God. A Journey into ourselves helps in our true identity's rediscovery, who we truly are in Christ. To confuse our...

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Homily for the baptism of our Lord

10.01.2019 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ; God been baptized by man, a mystery like the incarnation. At the incarnation, a creature, a woman gave birth to her creator. Really amazing! That is the reason the angel Gabriel said she is highly favored. Today we...

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Homily for the feast of the holy family C

28.12.2018 in Sermons

We celebrate today the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Church presents this family as an example of a perfect family and a source of encouragement to so many families facing challenging situations at the moment. The holy family of...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of advent C

21.12.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the fourth Sunday of advent and the last Sunday before Christmas. The Church calls us this week to renew our commitment to waiting together with Mary in hope for her Son's birth, the savior of the world. The birthplace is Bethlehem Ephrathah,...

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Homily for second Sunday of Advent C

07.12.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, God calls on Jerusalem to take off her dress of sorrow and distress and put on the beauty of the glory of God. It is a call to preparation for a triumphant return, a reminder to Jerusalem that even...

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Homily for first Sunday of advent C

30.11.2018 in Sermons

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 waiting in hope. Our liturgy of...

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Homily for Christ the universal king B

23.11.2018 in Sermons

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 in time, and it is...

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Homily for thirty-third Sunday B

16.11.2018 in Sermons

We are gradually coming to the close of the year, and also we are reminded that we are gradually coming close to the end of time. End time message is no longer sellable in our generation; that is not the kind of message people want...

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Homily for thirty-second Sunday B

09.11.2018 in Sermons

The widows and the orphans are no doubt special to God. He said he is the father to the fatherless and the defender of widows (Psalm 68:5). Also, in Isaiah 1:17, he calls us to defend the fatherless and plead for widows. They are special...

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Homily for the thirty-first Sunday, year B

03.11.2018 in Sermons

A Scribe asked Jesus, which commandment is the first of all? There must be a kind of build-up to this question; something must have made the scribe ask the question. The scribe heard the religious authorities disputing with one another about the resurrection, and so...

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Homily for Thirtieth Sunday B

26.10.2018 in Sermons

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 them out of the land...

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Homily for Twenty-Ninth Sunday B

18.10.2018 in Sermons

Our gospel passage this morning reminds me of the story about an older man and his two sons. The younger son lived far away from home while the senior son was always with their father. But the younger son who lived far away from home...

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Homily for Twenty-Eighth Sunday B

12.10.2018 in Sermons

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 compared to gold, gold will...

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Homily for Twenty-Seventh Sunday B

05.10.2018 in Sermons

God created man and said it is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate. So, God created all kinds of animals, but the man found no helpmate in any. So, the Lord God made the man fall into a deep...

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Homily for twenty sixth Sunday B

28.09.2018 in Sermons

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 scripture is inspired by God...

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Homily for Twenty-fifth Sunday B

21.09.2018 in Sermons

We see Jesus in our gospel passage this morning making his way gradually towards Jerusalem and the cross by implication. He came down from the mountain with his apostles and made their way through Galilee to Capernaum. He did not want anyone else to know...

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Homily for twenty-fourth Sunday B

14.09.2018 in Sermons

Our gospel passage this morning is a familiar one and we may have listened to many homilies on it. But one thing that may not be too familiar is the nature of that region of Caesarea Philippi. Mark tells us that Jesus and his disciples left...

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Homily for twenty third Sunday B

08.09.2018 in Sermons

Today’s first reading sounds like its advent season already; the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the messiah's coming. He is coming; vengeance is coming, he says. He is also coming with healing power to open the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, heal...

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Homily for twenty-second Sunday B

31.08.2018 in Sermons

The world's redeemer was born and initiated into the Jewish culture; he grew up among Jews and must have known the importance of the ritual wash to his people. For the Jews do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, following the elders' tradition....

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Homily for twenty-first Sunday B

24.08.2018 in Sermons

For the past four Sundays, our readings have been on Jesus, the bread of life. We have been talking about the Eucharist and its place in our lives, and today we conclude the Eucharist discourse. As we celebrate this Sunday, we are challenged to make...

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Homily for Eighteenth Sunday B

03.08.2018 in Sermons

The Israelites have a fascinating history. They were slaves in Egypt but liberated by God using Moses and Aaron. He made way for them through the sea and led them out of the land of slavery, but they complained against Moses and Aaron. They complained...

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Homily for seventeenth Sunday B

27.07.2018 in Sermons

Our readings today draw attention to God's ability to provide for his people; he knows our needs and can provide. In the first reading, a man brought twenty barley loaves and fresh grain to the prophet Elisha to offer his first-fruits. Elisha said to his...

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Homily for sixteenth Sunday B

20.07.2018 in Sermons

Years ago, I remember as seminarians how we were sent out to different parishes for some pastoral experience. Whenever we returned, we met with our master individually to share our experiences. It was more exciting when we come together as a group to share those...

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Homily for fifteenth Sunday B

13.07.2018 in Sermons

In my homily a week ago, I reflected on how we can go beyond the limit the world sets for us with the help of God. His own people rejected Jesus because they said he was supposed to be a carpenter and not the messiah....

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Homily for fourteenth Sunday B

07.07.2018 in Sermons

Recently I was reading some stuff posted on the internet by a lady named Lara Parker; she was talking about growing up. She presented 25 things she claims no one would tell you about growing up, and one of the points she raised was that...

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Homily for Thirteenth Sunday B

30.06.2018 in Sermons

Today's gospel reading is a continuation of the gospel passage of the twelfth Sunday of year B, where Jesus and his apostles crossed over to the other side. I remember in my homily that Sunday, I talked about things that happen when we cross over...

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The nativity of John the Baptist

23.06.2018 in Sermons

John the Baptist was a great man; even Jesus praised his greatness. The Church especially celebrates his birthday, unlike the other saints. The Church mostly celebrates the feast days of saints on their birthday into heaven, the day they died, and not their birthday into...

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Homily for eleventh Sunday B

15.06.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, we see how God promised that he was going to plant a cedar that will grow to become the biggest of all, a cedar that would grow to provide shade and resting place for other creatures, a cedar that...

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Homily for Corpus Christi B

01.06.2018 in Sermons

The Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi or the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, dates back to the 13th century, though it celebrates something much older. The word of God did not take flesh in the 13th century just as the Holy Spirit did...

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Homily for Trinity Sunday B

25.05.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the Holy Trinity's solemnity, the mystery of the three persons in one Godhead. This is a mystery; we cannot fully understand it just as written in Isaiah 55:8-9, for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says...

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Homily for seventh Sunday of Easter B

11.05.2018 in Sermons

Before our Lord Jesus Christ's passion, he prayed for his apostles; he consecrated them, ordained them, and handed his ministry over to them. In this prayer of consecration, Jesus reveals that the Father specially chose the apostles. He said, Holy Father, keep those you have...

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Homily for Ascension Sunday, year B

11.05.2018 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Though this feast seems to emphasize the departure of Jesus Christ, it is actually a feast that celebrates his mysterious and unending presence with us. Jesus had intimated his apostle about his leaving, that he would...

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Homily for sixth Sunday of Easter B

05.05.2018 in Sermons

In our first reading today, Peter went to Cornelius's house, and he talked about how God has no favorite. We are all God's children; God sent his Son to die for all and not for a few. Anyone who fears God and does the right...

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Homily for fifth Sunday of Easter B

27.04.2018 in Sermons

A week ago, we celebrated the good shepherd Sunday; and Jesus called himself the good shepherd, a title that suggests the reality of the opposite. That is, there are bad shepherds. The same message is reflected in our gospel passage today; he calls himself the...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of Easter B

21.04.2018 in Sermons

Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, good shepherd Sunday and a day set aside by the Church to pray for vocation to the priesthood and the religious life; hence the name vocation Sunday. Jesus said he is the good shepherd, a shepherd who knows his...

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Homily for third Sunday of Easter B

13.04.2018 in Sermons

Our readings today reflect the talk about the resurrected Christ. In the first reading, Peter addressed ancient Israel, reminding them how they accused and handed Jesus over to be crucified and how the father glorified him through his resurrection. This reminder was not a way...

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Homily for second Sunday of Easter B

06.04.2018 in Sermons

After the resurrection of Jesus Christ and before the apostles were convinced of his resurrection, they locked themselves up in a room. They were afraid of the Jews; they were afraid that they might be the next target. But Devin Mercy refused to let them...

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Homily for Palm Sunday A, B and C

23.03.2018 in Sermons

Today marks the beginning of the holy week, the height of Lenten season. This week is the week of betrayal and tragedy, yet it remains a holy week. The week the Passover lamb will be sacrificed just as it was slaughtered in Egypt to liberate...

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Homily for fifth Sunday of Lent B

15.03.2018 in Sermons

Our first talks about the Old and the New Covenant; Jeremiah foretells the new and everlasting covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of Lent B

09.03.2018 in Sermons

Jesus said, the Son of man must be lifted as Moses lifted the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. The serpent was lifted for a purpose; it was lifted that the people might be healed. Yes,...

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Homily for the third Sunday of Lent B

03.03.2018 in Sermons

. Today, the third Sunday of Lent, we find ourselves in the Temple. We were with Jesus in the desert the first Sunday of Lent, the second Sunday of Lent we were with him on the mountain of transfiguration, and today the third Sunday of...

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Homily for second Sunday of Lent B

24.02.2018 in Sermons

We are reminded once again today to be renewed, to be transformed. Jesus took three of his apostles, Peter, James, and John, and led them up the mountain where he was transformed or transfigured in their presence. They saw his glory, the glory of God,...

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Homily for first Sunday of Lent B

16.02.2018 in Sermons

Our first reading reminds us of God’s covenant with Noah; it is a covenant we cannot talk about without the story of creation, the fall, and the destruction of man. God created man in his image and likeness and blessed him with everything, but man...

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Homily for Sixth Sunday in ordinary time B

09.02.2018 in Sermons

Today, we celebrate the last Sunday before the Season of Lent, and our readings today are very appropriate and timely. We are reminded in our readings this Sunday to step into the season of Lent, knowing who we are and what we can be by...

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Homily for the fifth Sunday in ordinary time, B

02.02.2018 in Sermons

We all know that Jesus chose twelve men to be his apostles, but three of them seemed to be very close to him and special; Peter, James, and John. Whenever Jesus was going to special places, he went with these three. They were with him...

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Homily for Fourth Sunday in ordinary time B

26.01.2018 in Sermons

Moses spoke to the people, saying, the Lord your God will raise a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren as you desired (Deut. 18:15). Probably the people observed that Moses was growing old and might soon join their ancestors. So, they desired...

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Homily for third Sunday in ordinary time B

19.01.2018 in Sermons

The City of Nineveh was once great and a City of sin, a city that needed cleansing. That is to tell us that greatness is not measured by what you possess but by what you do with what you possess. Nineveh was a great city...

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Homily for the second Sunday, year B.

12.01.2018 in Sermons

As a seminarian, I was told not to claim God's call to be an Augustinian but rather to say; I am here to see if God is calling me to be an Augustinian. I did not fully comprehend what they told me because I was...

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Homily for the epiphany of the Lord

05.01.2018 in Sermons

We join the universal Church today to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord; it is one of the ancient holy days observed by the Church; it is a feast celebrated within the Christmas season. Christmas itself is an Epiphany, and the baptism of the Lord...

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Homily for the feast of the Holy Family, B.

30.12.2017 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Today the Church presents this family as an example of a perfect family and encouragement to so many families that may be facing some challenging situations at the moment. The holy family...

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Homily for the fourth Sunday of advent, year B

22.12.2017 in Sermons

We celebrate today, the last Sunday before Christmas, and in fact, tomorrow is Christmas, the feast we have been preparing for. The Church offers us four Sundays to prepare for this feast; in the first two weeks, the Church calls us to prepare, for the...

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Homily for the third Sunday of advent, year A.

15.12.2017 in Sermons

Today, the third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called ‘Gaudete.’ The word ‘Gaudate’ is a Latin word for our entrance antiphon this morning; "rejoice." On this Sunday, the Church calls her children to rejoice, to rejoice not because Christ is coming but because he has...

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Homily for the second Sunday of advent, year B

08.12.2017 in Sermons

This morning we hear the beginning of Mark's gospel, it introduces the two great figures of the New Testament; John the Baptist and Jesus Christ the Lord. The angel Gabriel announced the coming of Jesus as a baby, the incarnation of God. But John introduced the...

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Homily for the first Sunday of advent, year B

01.12.2017 in Sermons

Today we begin the Advent season, the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word “advent” is from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming.” Advent is a season of expectation, anticipation, and a season of waiting in hope. In our first...

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Homily for Christ the universal king, year A

24.11.2017 in Sermons

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 in time, and it is...

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Homily for the Thirty-third Sunday, year A.

18.11.2017 in Sermons

Jesus tells another parable, a very familiar one with beautiful messages. It is a parable popularly referred to as the parable of the talents. Even though this parable was originally directed at the Scribes and especially the Pharisees, it remains the word of God that...

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Homily for thirty second Sunday, year A

10.11.2017 in Sermons

As we approach the last month of the year, we are reminded that each passing day brings us closer to our last day on earth. We all know that Christmas is approaching, and we all know that it is on December 25th. But unlike Christmas and...

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Homily for thirty-first Sunday, year A

03.11.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, the Lord says that he is a great king and the Lord of hosts, and his name is to be feared throughout the nations. In other words, there is no other king apart from him. The priest is not...

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Homily for the thirtieth Sunday, year A.

27.10.2017 in Sermons

In our gospel passage a week ago, the Pharisees and the Herodians tried to set Jesus up with a question about paying tax to Caesar, but Jesus knowing their minds escaped their trap. But that same day, the Sadducees came with their own trouble. They,...

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Homily for Twenty-ninth Sunday, year A

20.10.2017 in Sermons

In some of Jesus' parables, he directly attacked the chief priests, the elders of the people, the scribes, and the Pharisees. He condemned their attitude towards religion, their legalistic approach to the worship of God. They were the rejected guests in the parable of the...

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Homily for the Twenty-eight Sunday, year A

13.10.2017 in Sermons

I remembered a few years ago, I con-celebrated at the funeral of a dear one, and our scripture passage this morning was the exact text of that day. On this mountain, the Lord of host will prepare for all people a banquet of rich food,...

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Homily for the Twenty-seventh Sunday, year A.

06.10.2017 in Sermons

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 are passed through parables or...

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Homily for Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria

29.09.2017 in Sermons

Today, the twenty-sixth Sunday of the year (A), we celebrate Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria's solemnity, and it is not a coincidence that we also celebrate the anniversary of our national independence today. The Church in Nigeria consciously joins every Nigerian on this...

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Homily for the Twenty-sixth Sunday, year A.

29.09.2017 in Sermons

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 injustice in some of the...

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Homily for Twenty-fifth Sunday, year A

22.09.2017 in Sermons

One can confidently call Pope Francis an apostle of mercy, for he has been on the side of mercy and simplicity of life. He declared an extraordinary jubilee year of mercy (8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016), allowing so many people to reconcile to...

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Homily for the Twenty-fourth Sunday, year A.

15.09.2017 in Sermons

Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world as man, not to condemn the Old Testament but to fulfill it. He came to explain the law and the prophets, to lead us beyond mere words, beyond the letters of the Law into the spirit of...

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Homily for the Twenty-third Sunday, year A.

08.09.2017 in Sermons

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 on earth. It is definitely...

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Homily for the Twenty-second Sunday, year A

01.09.2017 in Sermons

In my homily a week ago, I did mention how the devil put a thought in Peter and how Jesus rebuked the satanic thought immediately. That incident happened when he began to make it clear to his disciples that he would suffer and die. Our gospel...

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Homily for the Twenty-first Sunday, year A.

25.08.2017 in Sermons

Whenever the scripture passage about Jesus and his apostles in the region of Caesarea Philippi is read, the first thing that comes to mind is the authority of St. Peter. When he and his apostles came to this region, he asked the apostles, Who do...

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Homily for the Twentieth Sunday, year A.

18.08.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, we heard the prophet Isaiah foretold that the expected Messianic kingdom is not exclusive; it is not a kingdom meant for the Jews alone but all nations. It does not matter where you come from; your color, race, or...

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Homily for the Nineteenth Sunday, year A.

11.08.2017 in Sermons

A week ago, in our gospel passage, we read about the mountaintop experience, how the apostles saw the glory of God on the mountaintop. And today, in our first reading, we see another kind of mountaintop experience. The prophet Elijah had defeated the prophets of Baal...

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Homily for the seventeenth Sunday, year A.

27.07.2017 in Sermons

Solomon's Wisdom was and is still unrivaled; God promises that none before or after Solomon will be as wise as he. The queen of Sheba came all the way to test the Wisdom of Solomon with hard questions (1 Kg: 10), and she marveled at...

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Homily for the sixteenth Sunday, year A.

21.07.2017 in Sermons

Today, when I listen to the news or go through social media, I wonder what this world would have been like if men were God. We hear all kinds of stories and see all kinds of disturbing videos on the internet, videos of jungle justice....

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Homily for the Fifteenth Sunday, A

14.07.2017 in Sermons

A priest friend told me how he visited a particular Country and was given the privilege to preach the gospel in one of the Masses he concelebrated. He preached for about twenty minutes, and at the end, he was told he preached for too long....

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Homily for the fourteenth Sunday, A.

06.07.2017 in Sermons

Jesus exclaimed, "I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.” This is not a condemnation of intellectual power but intellectual pride. God did not hide the truth from...

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Homily for the thirteenth Sunday, A

29.06.2017 in Sermons

Traveling in our generation is made much easier and exciting even though many of the roads are not wonderful. I believe it is far better than the days of Elisha; they never thought of or even imagined traveling by air as we do today. They...

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Homily for the Twelfth Sunday, year A.

23.06.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading, we see the attempt to terrorize the prophet Jeremiah, but he refuses to be terrorized or intimidated by terrorism. He hears so many disparaging him, terror from every side. Those who used to be his friends turned against him; they set...

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Homily for Trinity Sunday, A

08.06.2017 in Sermons

We celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity, the mystery of the three persons in one Godhead. This is a mystery; we cannot fully understand it just as written in Isaiah 55:8-9, for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,...

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Homily for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, A

26.05.2017 in Sermons

A few days ago, we celebrated the ascension of Jesus Christ; he promised to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. After Jesus was taken up to heaven, we see in our first reading this morning that the apostles, together with the other women, returned to...

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Homily for Sixth Sunday of Easter, A

19.05.2017 in Sermons

In our Creed, we express our faith in God, maker of all things, visible and invisible. The visual is the material world, while the invisible is the spirit world. In our first reading, we see two spirits at work; the unclean spirits and the Holy...

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Homily for Fifth Sunday of Easter, A

12.05.2017 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, we see a drama we cannot overlook, a drama with negative and positive interpretations. It happened when the number of early Christians was increasing. There was a report of discrimination among the people; the Hellenists complained that their widows...

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Homily for fourth Sunday of Easter, A

05.05.2017 in Sermons

Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, good shepherd Sunday, and a day set aside by the Church to especially pray for vocation to the priesthood and the religious life; hence the name vocation Sunday. Jesus said he is the sheep gate; he is the way....

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Homily for third Sunday of Easter, A

28.04.2017 in Sermons

We are still celebrating the power and glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His victory over sin and death. We see the boldness that comes with the resurrection power with the help of the Holy Spirit; it was on Pentecost day as we read...

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Homily for second Sunday of Easter, A

21.04.2017 in Sermons

Today we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday; we continue to glory in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, the Church is blessed with power and authority even at the infantry stage, as...

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Homily for Easter Sunday A, B & C

14.04.2017 in Sermons

Last night, the whole Church kept vigil to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to celebrate that beautiful early morning on which Mary Magdalene came to the tomb. It was the custom in Palestine to visit the tomb of a loved one for three days...

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Homily for the fifth Sunday of Lent

31.03.2017 in Sermons

The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. The tomb is the ‘home’ of the dead; the living does not live there....

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Homily for the fourth Sunday of Lent, A

25.03.2017 in Sermons

I once met a friend reading a book titled “how to be successful.” Though I have not read that book, I firmly believe that it is all about planning, strategizing, knowing what to do and what not to do to succeed in life. It is...

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Homily for third Sunday of Lent, A

17.03.2017 in Sermons

Our reflections this morning are centered around been thirsty. It begins with ancient Israel; they were tormented by thirst as they traveled from Egypt through the desert to the Promised Land. It is natural and expected that they become thirsty after a long journey under...

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Homily for Eighth Sunday in ordinary time, A

24.02.2017 in Sermons

This morning, our first reading says that Zion complained that the Lord had abandoned her; he has forgotten her. Zion here refers to the city of God and his people; they complained in the land of their exile that God had abandoned them, God has...

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Homily for the seventh Sunday, ordinary time, A

17.02.2017 in Sermons

When atrocity is committed, especially in the Church or against the Church, and the offender seems to be let loose, people often react by saying that God has changed; if it were the God of the Old Testament, he would have struck down the offender...

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Homily for Sixth Sunday in ordinary time, A

10.02.2017 in Sermons

One of the greatest gifts God has given to man is the gift of freedom, the gift of free will.  We are open to serve God or to serve idols and be held responsible for every one of our deliberate actions. It is evident in...

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Homily for Fifth Sunday, ordinary time A

03.02.2017 in Sermons

A week ago, we reflected on the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus taught the eight beatitudes. Today’s gospel reading from Matthew’s account is a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount. In the Beatitudes, he summarized his whole teaching, and today he clarifies that the...

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Homily for fourth Sunday, ordinary time A

27.01.2017 in Sermons

In all our scripture passages today, the first reading, the second, and the gospel passage from Matthew’s account, we see a reflection of a particular theme. They talk about integrity, humility, the need to rely on God. The prophet Zephaniah tells us this morning to...

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Homily for second Sunday, year A

10.01.2017 in Sermons

John the Baptist is a trendy figure in the New Testament. Even from birth, people were already asking; what will this child grow up to be. There was confusion about his identity that even led the Jews to send their priests and Levites to question...

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Homily for the Epiphany of the Lord

06.01.2017 in Sermons

Today, the whole Catholic world celebrates the solemnity of the epiphany of the Lord. It is a celebration of the revelation of the Lord; God revealing himself in his Son Jesus Christ. It is not by chance we celebrate epiphany within the Christmas season. Christmas,...

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Pope Francis: Christmas message to the world

26.12.2016 in Sermons

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour. On this day full of light, the prophetic...

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Homily for Christmas day

23.12.2016 in Sermons

In my homily a week ago, I emphasized Isaiah's prophecies, how he prophesized that a maiden is with a child and will soon give birth. The pregnant maiden was a sign of hope to King Ahaz and Judah's entire kingdom, a call to be fearless...

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Homily for fourth sunday of advent, year A

16.12.2016 in Sermons

Today is the last Sunday of Advent; Christmas is here already, as the prophet Isaiah prophesized in our first reading this morning; the maiden is with a child and will soon give birth to a son. This prophecy came when king Ahaz and the whole...

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Homily for the third Sunday of advent, year A

09.12.2016 in Sermons

In our first reading this morning, we hear the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the Messiah's coming; he calls on the wilderness and the drylands to exult; he calls on the wasteland to rejoice and bloom because our God is coming. That is the reason for...

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Homily for the second-Sunday of advent year A

02.12.2016 in Sermons

We are already in the second week of advent, and St. Paul reminds us in the second reading this morning that Everything written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how God helped...

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Homily for first Sunday of Advent year A

25.11.2016 in Sermons

Today we begin the Advent season, the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The word “advent” is from the Latin word “adventus,” meaning “coming.” Advent is a season of expectation, anticipation, and a season of waiting in hope. In our first...

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Homily for thirty-second Sunday C

04.11.2016 in Sermons

The worst thing that can happen to any person is to doubt the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No matter how divided Christians have become today, even if there are millions of Christian denominations worldwide, none has come out to deny the reality of the resurrection...

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Homily for Thirty-first Sunday C

28.10.2016 in Sermons

Our first reading this morning from the book of wisdom says something exciting; it reminds me of the creation story as recorded in Genesis 1:31. God saw everything he had made, and indeed, it was perfect. The writer of the book of wisdom tells us this...

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Homily for Thirtieth Sunday C

21.10.2016 in Sermons

A week ago, in our gospel passage, Jesus told a parable about the need to pray always. He talked about a particular judge who neither feared God nor has respect for man; Jesus called him an unjust judge. This morning in our first reading, the...

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Homily for Twenty-ninth Sunday C

14.10.2016 in Sermons

In many parts of the Church in Africa, the word "attack" has become very common. Many see themselves as been under attack too often, but that is not a big deal. The big deal is, what do we do when we feel attacked? Or better...

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Homily for twenty-eighth Sunday C

07.10.2016 in Sermons

In our liturgy today, we are reminded of the danger of ingratitude and the power of thanksgiving. It is written in Psalm 100:4, enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name. The power of thanksgiving with faith...

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Homily for twenty seventh Sunday C

30.09.2016 in Sermons

No doubt, our world is becoming so unsafe for man; from one part of the world to the other, the echoes of war hit the airwaves. National and international media houses open and close daily with news of bombings, destructions, political tension, and all forms...

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Homily for twenty sixth Sunday C

23.09.2016 in Sermons

Many Christians believe that God loves the poor, the widows, and orphans more than the rich. But that idea reflects a superficial look at the scripture and a misunderstanding of the unconditional love of God. I am not in doubt that nearly 3,000 verses talk...

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Homily for twenty-fifth Sunday C

16.09.2016 in Sermons

How eye-catching is our first reading this morning from the prophet Amos! Amos, a mere shepherd from Judah, was called by God to minister in Israel's northern kingdom, to speak in the name of God against the social injustices of the time. It was a...

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Homily for twenty-fourth Sunday C

09.09.2016 in Sermons

God led the people of Israel out of Egypt's land through the desert to the promised land; he used Moses and Aaron as his instruments. It was a journey of forty years, and unimaginable things happened within this period. The people had to climb mountains,...

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Homily for twenty-third Sunday C

02.09.2016 in Sermons

The human mind is so deep that it is almost indecipherable. Through psychoanalysis and other psychological efforts, we try to understand the human mind to a level. If we cannot fully understand the human mind, then we can only imagine how deep God's mind is....

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