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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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Be Merciful as your Heavenly Father is Merciful
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 18 Mar 2019
Dan. 9:4-10, Lk 6:36-38. Today's Gospel begins with the exhortation to imitate God the Father by being merciful like Him. In the Old Testament 'Being Merciful' was one of the attributes of God. In

A New Covenant with God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 17 Mar 2019
Gen. 15:5-12.17-18, Phil. 3:17-4:1, Lk. 9:28-36. On this Second Sunday of Lent Year C, the Church invites us to reflect on the Transfiguration of Christ and the covenant we have with God. In Abraha

Be Perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 16 Mar 2019
Deut. 26:16-19, Mt. 5:43-48. God loves us and we are called to respond to this love with our heart and soul. Today's first reading repeated the words “now” and “today” as th

Matt. 5:20; "I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
By REV. FR. PAUL ANIGBORO       Fri, 15 Mar 2019
In today's Gospel passage, Jesus speaks to us about anger. He makes us aware of the increasing dangers of anger by referring to increasingly disastrous

Unless your righteousness exceeds that of Scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Ezk. 18:21-28, Mt. 5:20-26. One important exaltation in the prophecy of Ezekiel is the promotion of personal responsibility for sin. Thus, today's readings call us to persevere in doing good throug

Ask and you shall receive
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 14 Mar 2019
Esther 4:17, Mt. 7:7-12. The story of Esther in today's first reading illustrates the promise: “Ask and you shall receive”. At her prayer, God saved her people from mortal danger as the

Who knows God may relent, forgive and withhold His blazing wrath
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 13 Mar 2019
Jonah 3:1-10, Lk. 11:29-32. Today's first reading weaves Jonah's story with allusions from somewhere in Israel’s traditions. The words of the Assyrian king, “Who knows God may relent an

Prayer is letting go to God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Isaiah 55:10-11, Mt. 6:7-15. The symbol of the rain and snow, falling from the sky and soaking the earth, then rising towards Heaven as bushes and trees is presented to us as the cycle of life in t

Act justly and cause no pain to anyone
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 11 Mar 2019
Lev. 19:1-2.11-18, Mt. 25:31-46. Jesus in today’s Gospel presents us with the 'Last Judgment' in which at the appointed time, God will gather all mankind, dividing the righteous and the wicke

10 Man must not leave by bread alone
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 10 Mar 2019
Deut. 26:4-10, Rom. 10:8-13, Lk. 4:1-13. This First Sunday of Lent is a time to reflect on how we can struggle against temptation and evil in our lives. Lent is a time to struggle with whateve

11 Your Ancient ruins shall be Rebuilt
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 09 Mar 2019
Isaiah 58:9-14, Lk. 5:27-32. As children we were warned against bad company: “Show me your friends and I will show you whom you are”. The scribes and Pharisees were shocked by the compa

12 Break unjust fetters
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 08 Mar 2019
Ish 58:1-9, Mt. 9:14-15. Many people felt angry when Isaiah accused them of being rebels against God. They saw themselves as devout, zealous in religious practice, yet oppressed workmen, quarrel an

13 Choose the Cross and have life in you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 07 Mar 2019
Deut. 30:15-20, Lk 9:22-25. On this day, the day after Ash Wednesday, we continue to uphold our resolve to live through this Holy Season of Lent, to spend time with the Lord and carry our cross wit

14 Ash Wednesday Reflection: Return to me with all your heart
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 06 Mar 2019
Joel 2:12-18, 2 Cor. 5:30-6:2, Mt. 6:1-6.16-18. We begin the Season of Lent with the observance of Ash Wednesday which reminds us that we came from dust and to dust we shall return. Lent lasts fort

15 Give to the Most Hight as He has given to you
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 05 Mar 2019
Eccles. 35:2-15, Mk 10:28-31. One of the arguments raised by religious adherence is whether we become rich because we give to God or we are rich so that we might give to God. The paradox of losing

16 What must I do to inherit eternal life?
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 04 Mar 2019
In today's Gospel, a practicing young Jew came to Jesus seeking to know how to ensure eternal life: "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life"? Though it seems to be a good question, it

17 The Lord is not move by appreciation
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 03 Mar 2019
Sir. 27:5-8, 1 Cor. 15:54-58, Lk 6:39-45. Being the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us of the virtues and qualities that should characterise our lives. Appearance could be

18 Let the children come to me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 02 Mar 2019
Eccles. 17:1-13, Mk 10:13-16. Yesterday, we reflected on the hard work and beauty of a marital union worth preserving for ever. Today, we are challenged to always welcome children. In yesterday&rsq

19 Divorce disregards the Sanctity of Marriage
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 01 Mar 2019
Eccles. 6:5-17, Mk 10:1-12. Today, we are challenged to believe in God and have a genuine love for Him. Unless we have that love and devotion, it is unlikely that we will be able to live our lives

20 Rely not on your wealth or strength
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 28 Feb 2019
Eccles. 5:1-10, Mk 9:41-50. Today's first reading reminds us that God can choose to wield wrath against us when we lean on wealth, privilege and power through sin. Sirach offers consoling advi

21 The one who is with me cannot be against me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Eccles. 4:12-22, Mk 9:38-40. It is said that wisdom is a quality that is dearly won and the acquisition depends on painful experience, making it seem distant and difficult to master. Sirach recogni

22 If you aspire to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for an Ordeal
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Eccles. 2:1-11, Mk 9:30-37. The call to welcome Jesus as one who protects children is strongly stated and rounds off today's Gospel. Jesus identifies very closely with children. He even says that &

23 This is the kind that can only be driven out by prayer
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 25 Feb 2019
Eccles. 1:1-10, Mk 9:14-29. In today's Gospel, a report was brought to Jesus about the inability of His disciples to heal a boy who was dumb. In response to their question as to why they could not

24 Leave Vengeance for God
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 24 Feb 2019
1 Sam. 26:2.7-9.12-23, I Cor. 15:45-49, Lk. 6:27-38. On this Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, the Church reminds us of the essential virtues: Mercy and compassion, love of God and neighbour,

25 The Memorial of St Polycarp
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 23 Feb 2019
Heb. 11:1-7, Mk 9:2-13. The real joy in our spiritual growth is to recognise that we are called to be sought by God. If we give room for such, we would grow to the level of faith that today's first

26 The Feast of the Chair of St Peter
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 22 Feb 2019
1 Pet. 5:1-4, Mt. 16:13-19. On November 9th, we had the Feast of St John Lateran, which was a feast that focused on a building. The Feast of the Chair of St Peter, is not merely about a piece of fu

27 What do people say I am?
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 21 Feb 2019
Gen. 9:1-13, Mk 8:27-33. The two great signs of the covenant between God and human race are the bow (rainbow) and Cross. Each of these signs span the universe and the covenant grants us an equal st

28 Lord, that I may See
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 20 Feb 2019
Gen. 8:6-13.20-22, Mk 8:22-26. Imagining life on the ark should give us a different perspective about today’s first reading. It focuses on that dread word “waiting". Noah waited a coupl

29 Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 19 Feb 2019
Gen. 6:5-8.7:1-5.10, Mk 8:14-21. Today’s readings seemly focus on external realities. In the first reading, Noah escapes from the flood that covered the earth while in the Gospel, the discipl

30 We are the keepers of our brothers and sisters
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 18 Feb 2019
Gen. 4:1-15.25, Mk 8:11-13. Today's first reading recounts the story of two brothers, in which one killed the other. Along with this primordial sin comes the impulse to evade responsibi­lity. G

 
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