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HOW GRATEFUL ARE WE?

HOMILY FOR TWENTY-EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C. Readings: 2Kings 5:14-17;Psalm 98; 2Timothy 2:8-13 and Luke 17:11-19. Some of us often recount our pains, challenges, difficulties, disappointments, setbacks and often forget the goods we have received from God. With today’s liturgy, we recall the outbreak of Ebola disease in Nigeria sometime in July 2014 […]

THE GREAT LIGHT IN GALILEE

HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A (SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD). Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.17 and Matthew 4:12-23. The city of Galilee is so significant in the history of salvation, since majority of Christ public ministry took place in the northern area of Israel, around the […]

BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

HOMILY FOR SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A. Readings: Isaiah 49:3.5-6; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 and John 1:29-34. As we have commenced our usual activites after the yuletide holidays, similarly, the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ marks the End of the Christmas season and ushers us into the ordinary season of the […]

CHRIST WAS BORN FOR ALL

HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD. Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3. 5-6 and Matthew 2:1-12. “All nations on earth shall fall prostrate before you, O Lord” (Psalm 72:11). Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany is from the Greek word, epipháneia, which simply means manifestation, and in […]

MARY, MODEL OF ALL MOTHERS.

HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD: Readings: Numbers: 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7 and Luke 2:16-21 The 2012 publication of the Roman Daily Missal gives a beautiful summary of today’s Liturgy. First, we celebrate the first day of the year; then we think of the circumcision of Jesus, that took place eight […]

THE INCARNATION: AUTO-REVELATION OF GOD

HOMILY FOR THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS DAY – MASS DURING THE DAY), YEAR A/B/C. Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrew 1:1-6 and John 1:1-18. No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known (Jn 1:18). Today we celebrate the […]

THE ANGEL’S CANDLE: A SYMBOL OF LOVE

HOMILY FOR FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A. Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24; Romans 1:1-7 and Matthew 1:18-24. As we approach the end of the season of Advent, we recall it is divided in to two parts: (from the 1st Sunday to the 16th of December, and from the 17th to 24th December). We remember […]

THE SHEPHERD’S CANDLE: A SYMBOL OF JOY

HOMILY FOR THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (GAUDETE), YEAR A. Readings: Isaiah 35:6-10; Psalm 146; James 5:7-10 and Matthew 11:2-11. The third Sunday of advent is generally known as “Gaudete” Sunday, which means, “Rejoice.” The Liturgy of today is therefore an anticipation of the joy we will experience on Christmas day. This joy is symbolically represented […]

THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE: A SYMBOL OF PEACE

HOMILY FOR SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A. Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10;Psalm 72; Romans 15:4-9 and Matthew 3:1-12. THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE: A SYMBOL OF PEACE This Sunday we light the second candle of the Advent wreath, which is known as the Bethlehem Candle, a symbol of peace. Like the prophet’s Candle, the Bethlehem Candle is purple […]

THE PROPHET’S CANDLE: A SYMBOL OF HOPE

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A. Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14 and Matthew 24:37-44. The first Sunday of Advent rekindles the light of hope in the midst of darkness and it begins a new liturgical calendar in the Church. Advent has its origin from the Latin word “Adventus,” meaning “Coming,” […]

A KING ON THE CROSS.

HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE (THIRTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C). Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20 and Luke 23:35-43. Today’s Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe marks the end of the liturgical year C.  In this celebration, we adore and worship […]

DO YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?

HOMILY FOR THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C. Readings: Malachi 4:1-2; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 and Luke 21:5-19. Some of us have given up that Nigeria will never get better; some have given up on their spouse, parents and friends, even as priest and religious, some of us have given up on others. […]

WHY AFRAID OF DEATH IF WE BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION?

HOMILY FOR THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR C. Readings: 2Maccabees 7:1-2.9-14; Psalm 17; 2Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Luke 20:27-38. There are different beliefs and cultures of life after death. Around the world, a good number of the dead are buried while some are cremated; but one tribe in the jungles of the Amazon eats their dead. […]