Warning over Persecution

My dear friends, in today’s gospel, Jesus sincerely tells his disciples what awaits them as his followers. He warns them thus: ‘men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment and bring you before kings and governors because of my name’ (Lk 21:12 -13). Again, he…

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The Prayer of the Humble Pierces the Clouds

Prayer of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector My dear friends, the liturgy of last Sunday exhorted us on the need to persistently pray with faith and good intention. And in response to that, two men in Jesus’ parable of today’s gospel, the Pharisee and the tax collector went up to the temple to pray.…

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Who Is Jesus to You?

My dear friends, in today’s gospel, Jesus puts forward a very important question to each one of us about himself and our relationship with him. He started the question by making enquiries about his status before the people. Jesus could not miss that opportunity to know what people think about him. He knew he had…

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The Anger of Jesus over Hypocrisy

The Life of the Pharisees My dear friends, the pharisees are very popular in the gospels. They always encounter Jesus because their lifestyles are opposed to the authentic teachings of Christ in the gospel. The pharisees are the influential, respected, and great teachers of the law among the Jews. But, they do not practice what…

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Jesus Tasks His Disciples to Remain in Him

The gospel of today is a metaphor. Jesus, aware of his departure from his disciples, uses the metaphor of the vine and its branches to demonstrate the type of relationship that should exist between him and his disciples. The symbol of the vine is what is familiar to his disciples because there were grapevines everywhere.…

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Mission: The Work of the Holy Spirit

My dear friends, the first reading today is very inspiring. It demonstrates the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the people after the resurrection of Christ that ensued the missionary activities of the disciples. At the end of the first missionary journey and prior to the verses of the reading today, Paul…

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The Mandate of Christ

My dear friends, the readings of today are very inspiring. There is a close connection between the gospel and the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The invitation of Christ after his resurrection: ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation,’ is obeyed by the disciples. The same…

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The Fulfillment of the Law

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My dear friends, the readings today are very inspiring. Moses in the first reading instructs the people of Israel to observe the laws and commandments of God. He assured them that the observance of the laws would give them life and the strength to enter and take possession of the land God is giving them.…

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The Power Over the Future Belongs to God

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The Audience of James My dear friends, the first reading today is very interesting. St James is addressing the Jews, who were known for their commercial abilities and expertise in business and trade. As such, they changed cities and developed the economies of the areas they lived in. To that effect, countries offered them citizenship…

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