YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (5)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER. SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD HOMILY THEME: CONSECRATED IN TRUTH BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: We live in a world where falsehood and fake news thrive. Sensational news and rumours about people and events are constructed to appear so attractive. This embellishment of falsehood hides the poisonous effects, while the Internet and social networks make fake news to travel even faster. A distorted form of journalism known as Yellow Journalism is increasingly becoming popular. It is a form…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER (4) HOMILY THEME: GOD IS LOVE

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER HOMILY THEME: GOD IS LOVE BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: Love that makes the world go round. This is why we love to listen to love stories. We love to talk, sing and write about love. Everyday we give and receive love. In fact, life is meaningful only when we are able to discover and experience authentic, unconditional and divine love is all. One of the major obstacles that prevent us from loving other people is prejudice. Prejudice is…

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HOMILY: 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B (6) HOMILY THEME: STAY CONNECTED-VINE AND BRANCHES

HOMILY: FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B HOMILY THEME: STAY CONNECTED-VINE AND BRANCHES BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: Union with the Head – The Vine We always want to identify with our heroes or the people who inspire us most in life. These are people whose life has motivated us to be what we are and where we are today. We see young people trying to talk and act like prominent film actors, sports champions or some role models that inspire them most. Sometime ago, during a Bible study…

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HOMILY FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY YEAR B (4) HOMILY THEME: MINISTERS OF MERCY 

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B. DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: MINISTERS OF MERCY BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: My friend Fr. Cyril Ibeh of Sokoto Diocese calls the Sacrament of Confession a “Tribunal of Mercy.” He sees the spiritual exercise commonly known as confession as a sacred space in which to express spiritual deficiency in the presence of an authorized Minister. The Second Sunday of Easter is set aside as Divine Mercy Sunday. The readings prescribed for the Sunday focus more on the post-resurrection…

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HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B (4) HOMILY THEME: THE EMPTY TOMB

HOMILY FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B HOMILY THEME: THE EMPTY TOMB BY : Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: People from different cultures around the world have attempted to explain the mystery of death and life after death through myths and ancient stories. Some of these stories pointed to the reality of resurrection in imperfect ways. Some of the interesting stories about life after death include the story of the death and rebirth of the Greek Dionysius; the story of Persephone, daughter of Demeter, deity of harvest and growth, who…

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HOMILY FOR THE PASSION SUNDAY YEAR B (5) HOMILY THEME: HE SET HIS FACE LIKE FLINT

HOMILY FOR THE PASSION SUNDAY YEAR B HOMILY THEME: HE SET HIS FACE LIKE FLINT BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: This Sunday is Passion Sunday and it is important to reflect on both the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem and on his suffering. I want to share my thoughts briefly on the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; my face I did not hide from insults and spitting. The Lord God…

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HOMILY FOR THE 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (5) HOMILY THEME: THE WAY TO GLORY

HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: THE WAY TO GLORY BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: Glory is attractive, but the cross is repulsive; we love to arrive at a destination called glory, but we often reject the narrow and thorny ways that lead to glory. Therefore, we cut corners; we seek for short cuts in order to get it cheap and fast. Thomas á Kempis’ in his inspirational book, The Imitation of Christ says: Jesus has many who love his kingdom in heaven,…

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HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (1) HOMILY THEME: OBEDIENCE OF FAITH

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: OBEDIENCE OF FAITH BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: These days it is not easy to get children to obey their parents and it is even more cumbersome to get adults to obey instructions. Obedience is a common word, but not a popular practice. Obedience for many people means dependence, a symptom of an uncritical mind and a sacrifice of personal freedom. Thus, a person who obeys is considered to be childish and as someone who is under the…

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HOMILY FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (7)

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: A NEW BEGINNING BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: The first three words of the Bible are: “ In the beginning…” (Genesis 1:1). Signs of a new beginning are all around us and they include the sun rising anew in the morning; the caterpillar, which enters its cocoon and turns out to be a beautiful butterfly; the planted seed, which dies in the ground and brings out a new plant; the baby coming out of the womb or the…

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HOMILY FOR ASH WEDNESDAY (3) HOMILY THEME: LENT AND VALENTINE - MATTERS OF THE HEART

HOMILY FOR ASH WEDNESDAY HOMILY THEME: LENT AND VALENTINE – MATTERS OF THE HEART BY: Fr. Gerald M. Musa   HOMILY: It is not a coincidence that Valentine Day and Ash Wednesday are coming on the same day. It is rather providential because it reminds us about the deep connection between love and the heart. The love celebrated on Valentine’s Day is a matter of the heart. The celebration of Valentine is often adorned with heart shaped symbols, cards and crafts. Interestingly, the symbol of Valentine is not just a heart,…

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