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The Feast of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 20 Jan 2020
Phil. 2:1-11, Mt. 13:44-45. Today is a National Feast day of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, Patron of Nigerian Priests. Tansi was born in 1903 and a native of Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria.

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 19 Jan 2020
Ish 49:3.5-6, I Cor. 1:1-3, Jn 1:29-34. On this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the Church presents to us through the prophetic insights of Isaiah and John the Baptist, the: “Agnus Dei

It is not the healthy who need physician
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 18 Jan 2020
1 Sam. 9:1-4.17-19.10:1, Mk 2:13-17. Today’s readings describe the vocations of king Saul and Levi also known as Matthew to challenge us to reflect on the nature of God's calls and the task o

The Memorial of St Anthony, Abbot
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 17 Jan 2020
1 Sam. 8:4-7.10-22, Mk 2:1-12. God works through human means in imperfect situations. He had shaped Israel’s past in the land of Egypt, then by the chastening years in the desert and later wh

The Lord heals the leper
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 16 Jan 2020
1 Sam. 4:1-11, Mk 1:40-45. In today's first reading, the people seem to know what they want from a king: someone to be in charge, to fight their battles for them, to make them like other nations, l

Called to do something new
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 15 Jan 2020
1 Sam. 3:1-10.19-20, Mk 1:29-39. In today's first reading, the young Samuel got up anxiously and ran to the old priest’s bedroom to say: “Here I am. You called me!” This happened

May the God of Israel grant your request
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 14 Jan 2020
1 Sam. 1:9-20, Mk 1:21-28. Today's readings summon us to respond to the creative grace that is given to us; to wait patiently and prayerfully for moments of grace and pour out our soul in prayer to

Let us be witnesses to the truth
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 13 Jan 2020
1 Sam. 1:1-8, Mk 1:14-20. After the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, we begin the Ordinary Time of the Year. In this period between the seasons of Christmas and Lent, the Church invites us t

The Baptism of the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 12 Jan 2020
Ish 42:1-4.6-7, Acts 10:34-38, Mt. 3:13-17. On this First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. The Baptism of the Lord demonstrates the gratuitous call of God to be

10 The Lord delights in His people
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 11 Jan 2020
1 Jn 5:14-21, Jn 3:22-30. Today's first reading challenges us to turn away from sins and embrace God's merciful and compassionate love. God calls us to reach out to those around us, call on them an

11 Spirit, Blood and Water testify to Jesus
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 10 Jan 2020
1 Jn 5:5-13, Lk. 5:12-16. The testimonies of the Spirit, blood and water are all that proved the extent of God’s infinite love for us as recorded in today's first reading. It is through these

12 The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 09 Jan 2020
1 Jn 4:19-5:4, Lk. 4:14-22. Nowhere else, except during the Last Supper, does Jesus so clearly express His purpose in life as in the manifesto at His home-town, Nazareth. When He was called to the

13 Life is a journey
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 08 Jan 2020
1 Jn 4:11-18, Mk 6:45-52. Our life is often pictured as a journey or put differently, as a voyage because sometimes our life is driven by forces more powerful than we can imagine, like wind and wav

14 Love is to make sacrifice and understand the beloved
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 07 Jan 2020
1 Jn 4:7-10, Mk 6:34-44. Today's first reading uses the word "love" nine times. Love is of God, it comes from Him. In fact, God is love. If we love others, we have been begotten by God and we know

15 Let us make a difference and fulfil our purpose
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 06 Jan 2020
1 Jn 3:22-4:6, Mt. 4:12-17.23-25. As we still bask in the glow of the Epiphany, let us call to mind a single moment in our life that knocked us off our seat, propelled us forward, or set our inner

16 The Epiphany of the Lord
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 05 Jan 2020
Ish 60:1-6, Eph. 3:2-3.5-6, Mt. 2:1-12. Being the Second Sunday of Christmas Year A, we celebrate the Solemnity of Epiphany of the Lord. The term Epiphany is of Greek origin, επ&iot

17 Come and see
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 04 Jan 2020
1 Jn 3:7-10, Jn 1:35-42. The narrative about the vocation of Andrew and John in today's Gospel combines a surface simplicity with challenging depth. Their call can be compared and contrasted to the

18 The Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 03 Jan 2020
1 Jn 2:29-3:6, Jn 1:29-34. Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, recalling the words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, the Mother of Jesus at the Annun

19 The Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzen
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 02 Jan 2020
1 Jn 2:22-28, Jn 1:19-28. The opening line of today's first reading helps us to redirect our steps: “Beloved: Who is the liar? The one who denies that Jesus is the Christ.” We really ha

20 Mary, Mother of God and Peace
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 01 Jan 2020
Numb. 6:22-27, Gal. 4:4-7, Lk. 2:16-21. At the Council of Ephesus 451 AD, the Mother of Jesus was solemnly proclaimed as Mother of God (Theotokos), acknowledging the Godhead of her Son, Jesus Chris

21 The Blessing of the last day of the year 2019
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 31 Dec 2019
1 Jn 2:18-21, Jn 1:1-18. Today, with the Eucharistic liturgy, we experience the ending of one year of our lives and the opening of the next. New year eve is often a time when we look back on the pa

22 My eyes have seen the salvation of Israel
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 30 Dec 2019
1 Jn 2:12-17, Lk 2:36-40. Forty days after the birth of Jesus, He was ritually presented in the Temple with the approved sacrifice. His future was foretold by an eighty-four year old woman, Anna, t

23 The Holy Family our Model
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sun, 29 Dec 2019
Sirach 3:2-6.12-14, Col. 3:12-21, Lk 22, 22-40. On this Sunday after Christmas and the last Sunday of the year, we celebrate the Holy Family of Nazareth as the model of every true Christian Family.

24 THE CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY INNOCENT
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Sat, 28 Dec 2019
 1 Jn 1:5-2:2, Mt. 2:13-18. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the innocent martyrs of the time of the Lord’s coming into the world. Herod heard of the star that appeare

25 St John, the Beloved Disciples and Evangelist
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Fri, 27 Dec 2019
1 Jn 1:1-4, Jn 20:2-8. Today wWe celebrate the feast of St John, the son of Zebedee and Salome, who was nicknamed alongside with his brother, James by Jesus “the sons of thunder.” He an

26 The First Martyr, St Stephen
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Thu, 26 Dec 2019
Acts 6:8-10.7:54-59, Mt. 10:17-22. Yesterday we celebrated the joyful birth of our Messiah and today we honour the martyrdom of an innocent man, St Stephen. Stephen was martyred for witnessing to J

27 Christ is born in Bethlehem
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Wed, 25 Dec 2019
Ish 52:7-10, Heb. 1:1-6, Jn 1:1-18. After four weeks of Advent, we have finally reached this moment of the day of Christmas when we celebrate the birth of the Lord and Saviour of the world, Jesus C

28 Silent night, Holy Night
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 24 Dec 2019
Ish 9:2-7, 2 Tim. 2:11-14, Lk. 2:1-14. Like the shepherds, what might it be like for us if we were to suddenly be confronted by a light so bright that we would be struck by fear? Can we really

29 The light has dawned
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Tue, 24 Dec 2019
2 Sam. 7:1-5.8-12.14.16, Lk. 1:67-79. After being made speechless for doubting God’s word, the father of John the Baptist suddenly regains his voice, to loudly proclaim the fulfillment of God

30 The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His Temple
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK       Mon, 23 Dec 2019
Mal. 3:1-4.23-24, Lk. 1:57-66. The events surrounding the birth of John the Baptist as recorded in today's Gospel presents him as the messenger, promised in today's first reading, whose task was to

 
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