YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (13) THEME: Knowing Jesus and accepting Jesus are entirely two different things!

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: Knowing Jesus and accepting Jesus are entirely two different things! BY: Fr. Precious Ezeh HOMILY: 🎤Is. 50:5-9 🎤Ps. 114:1-9 🎤James 2:14-18 🎙Mark 8:27-35 Knowing Jesus is wonderful but “knowing” alone doesn’t make us good. Many people do not know Jesus. Some know only different aspects of Jesus. Just like the feedback given to Jesus by the disciples (Mark 8:27-28), many people know only an aspect of Christ that appeals to them; some as a prophet, others identifying him in his miracles…

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HOMILY FOR THE 5th SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A (no. 4) HOMILY THEME: UNBIND HIM AND LET HIM GO!

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A ?Ez. 37:12-14 ?Ps. 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8 ?Rom. 8:8-11 ?John 11:1-45 HOMILY THEME: UNBIND HIM AND LET HIM GO! BY: Fr. Precious Ezeh HOMILY: It is only apt that the raising of Lazarus from the dead comes on the Fifth Sunday of Lent before the Passion Sunday, given that in the gospel of John it happens to be the miracle that led the Jews into envy and the plot to kill Jesus. In the readings of today we hear of death and being in…

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HOMILY FOR FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A (No 2) THEME: CURIOSITY: A SUBTLE DEVICE OF THE TEMPTER

HOMILY FOR FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A Gen. 2:7-9;3:1-7 Ps. 51:3-4,5-6,12-13,17  Rom. 5 :12-19 Matt. 4:1-11 THEME: CURIOSITY: A SUBTLE DEVICE OF THE TEMPTER The story of Adam and Eve is the story of all of us. However, quite amusing as it is now, I remember my first childhood rage at Adam when I learnt that he brought sin into the world. I was mad at him for that, but moreso because he was responsible for “our” dismissal from the garden of Eden, because as a little boy, frankly,…

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HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A (3rd HOMILY) HOMILY: DIFFERENT MESSENGERS, ONE MESSAGE!

HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A (3rd HOMILY) ?Is. 8:23-9:8 ?Ps. 27:1,4,13-14 ?1Cor 1:10-13,17 ?Matt. 4:12-23 HOMILY: DIFFERENT MESSENGERS, ONE MESSAGE! One day in school, a teacher was explaining to students how gossips and rumours metamorphose into various versions as they are being passed on from one person to another. So he took about 15 boys out of the class, he wrote out a sentence about himself on paper which he read in class to the hearing of one of the boys. He then instructed him…

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HOMILY FOR FOURTH SUNDAY ADVENT YEAR A 'GOD WITH US': A SIGN FOR US ALL

Isaiah 7:10-14 Ps. 24:1-2,3-4,5-6 Rom 1:1-7 ?Matt 1:18-24 Just one week away from the Christmas day, the attention shifts to the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Instead of the testimony of John the Baptist, which heralded Jesus’s earthly ministry, attention is on the testimony of the Angel of God, which heralded the birth of Jesus. The Gospel reading today goes back to the first chapter of Matthew, where the announcement of the Angel about the birth of Jesus was made to Joseph. Quite unlike Luke, Matthew places Joseph at the…

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HOMILY: NONE GREATER THAN JOHN: WHERE LIES GREATNESS?

Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A.  ?First Reading: (Isaiah 35: 1-6A,10) ?Responsorial Psalm: (Ps 146:6-7,8-9,9-10) ?Second Reading: (James 5:7-10) ?Gospel:(Matthew 11:2-11) HOMILY: NONE GREATER THAN JOHN: WHERE LIES GREATNESS? The third Sunday of Advent brings us closer to the joys of Christmas. The Catholic tradition terms it the “Gaudete” Sunday. Gaudete, meaning “Rejoice”, shows the mood with which the Mother Church anticipates the Redeemer. The Gospel of today evokes a great reflection on what true greatness consists in. In today’s Gospel reading, something rather curious and ironical takes place.…

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Homily/Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A

Homily/Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year A Isaiah 11:1-10Ps. 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17Rom 15:4-9?Matt 3:1-12 Theme: “REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND” In the Church’s Liturgical Calendar, the relationship between Advent and Christmas is like the relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. The Advent which generally calls for preparation for the Lord’s coming appears to be the era of John the Baptist.None of the Four Evangelists omitted the witness of John and his call for repentance. For all the possible reasons, one that is clear enough is…

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