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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

DAILY CHEWING STICK FOR MONDAY OF 3RD WEEK OF EASTER(Acts 6:8-15; Jn 6:22-29).
By REV. FR. FRANCIS ONUGHA

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 
Our Help is in the name of the Lord...Who made Heaven and Earth. 
Good Morning Dear Friends and Best of Luck in your ENDEAVOURS this week. 
 
Dearly Beloved in Christ, reflecting on the first reading of today we see the BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING QUALITIES OF STEPHEN. Stephen was a man FULL OF GRACE AND POWER. He did GREAT WONDERS AND SIGNS AMONG THE PEOPLE. The Jews(his enemies) COULD NOT WITHSTAND THE WISDOM AND THE SPIRIT WITH WHICH HE SPOKE.
In the midst of HATE, LIES, GOSSIP, WICKEDNESS, EVIL against Stephen, HIS FACE REMAINED LIKE THAT OF AN ANGEL.
As we begin this NEW DAY & WEEK, May God grant us the GRACE & POWER of Stephen. Amen.
May we EXCEL & COME OUT SUCCESSFUL in our tasks like Stephen. Amen.
There are ENEMIES everywhere and they will always gather, but if their GATHERING IS NOT OF THE LORD, THEY WILL SURELY SCATTER AND NEVER HARM YOU. Amen.
In TIMES of challenges, oppositions, arguments, gossips, lies, etc; from our ENEMIES, May God grant us the SERENITY, COURAGE & CALMNESS of Stephen; and May Our faces always SHINE LIKE THOSE OF ANGELS to the confusion and amazement of our ENEMIES. Amen.
 
Brethren, when they JEWS could not bear with STEPHEN anymore, THEY SECRETLY INSTIGATED PEOPLE, BRIBED THEM AND THEY LIED AGAINST STEPHEN THAT HE WAS SPEAKING AGAINST MOSES & GOD. HE WAS HANDED OVER TO THE SANHENDRIN...OF COURSE THAT LED TO HIS DEATH. 
 
Dear Friends in Christ, two questions readily comes to mind here:
(1) HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A VICTIM LIKE STEPHEN TODAY? 
In other words, have you ever been INNOCENT and then ACCUSED AND  LIED AGAINST that cost you dearly? How did you deal with it? Does that increase your HATE & DISLIKE for your accuser? Did you lose your cool and even went to BABALAWO TO GET "OTOMOKPO" to deal with your "enemy" in his or her own coin? May God give us the GRACE to always behave like STEPHEN even in an unpalatable circumstances. Amen.
Question 2: HAVE YOU BEEN A VILLIAN BEFORE LIKE WE SAW IN THE FIRST READING?
In other words, have you given bribery or instigated someone or some people to LIE OR TARNISH THE IMAGE & REPUTATION of others before? 
Do you know that WHOEVER KILLS AN INNOCENT LIFE THROUGH LIES OR BRIBERY, HAS KILLED ALL OF HUMANITY? 
And WHOEVER sheds the Blood of Man, by Man shall his Blood be shed, for God made man in his own image(Gen 9:6).
 
Finally Dear Friends, if LYING was a JOB, definitely some people would have become BILLIONAIRES today. 
But sorry, it is not, SO STOP LYING AGAINST ANOTHER FOR SELFISH AND MUNDANE GAINS.
 
Peace be with you!!!
 
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