YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (9) HOMILY THEME: FROM MITE TO MIGHT: ECHOES FROM THE TWO WIDOWS

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: FROM MITE TO MIGHT: ECHOES FROM THE TWO WIDOWS BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 Whenever the bible mentions names of people, it is for us to learn from their good example or to avoid their bad example . But in today's 1st and gospel readings, we have two major characters whose names are not mentioned but are only identified as widows. I believe the omission of their names is providential, so…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (9) HOMILY THEME: LIVING ABOVE JEALOUSY AND ENVY

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: LIVING ABOVE JEALOUSY AND ENVY BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: Num. 11:25-29 James 5:1-2 MK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Jealousy in one hand is a psychological fear of losing what one has to another. For example, Jane is talented in music. She sings well. But she develops jealousy seeing Kate being applauded by the audience after a wonderful rendition. She becomes gauche and insecure; her popularity is threatened. Envy, on the other hand, is an inordinate desire to acquire…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (5) HOMILY THEME: BE CHILD-LIKE NOT CHILDISH

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: BE CHILD-LIKE NOT CHILDISH BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: We have gathered around the table of the Lord to drink from the fountain of Divine wisdom. Jesus is the revelation of God’s wisdom. The principles of the world are opposed to this eternal wisdom of God. Last Sunday, we saw the wisdom of the cross that brings crown, suffering that saves. Today, Jesus wants to widen our spiritual horizon with another wisdom from above. The ungodly detests this and…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (7) HOMILY THEME: THE-VINE LIFE

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER HOMILY THEME: THE-VINE LIFE BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1st Acts 9:26-31 2nd 1Jn. 3:18-24 3rd Jn. 15:1-8 Last Sunday Jesus revealed to us that he is the good shepherd who lays down his life for the flock. It is part of the “I am” sayings which emphasize his perfection and resounds his divine name as revealed to Moses in Exodus chapter three. Today he tells us another attribute of himself that points to his Divine name and perfection: “I…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER. GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY (7) HOMILY THEME: THE BLEEDING SHEPHERD 

HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B. GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: THE BLEEDING SHEPHERD BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: Acts 4:8-12 1st John 3:1-2 Jn 10:11-18 The fourth Sunday of Easter is called the Good Shepherd Sunday. Today, we shall center our reflection on Jesus as the good shepherd and what leaders must learn from him. The image, of the shepherd is seen all over the scripture. In the Old Testament, God is seen as the shepherd who takes care of his flock. For Isaiah, “He…

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HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B (9) HOMILY THEME: THIS IS WHY WE CELEBRATE

HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR EASTER SUNDAY YEAR B HOMILY THEME: THIS IS WHY WE CELEBRATE BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: Having passed through a long spiritual and physical journey of penance and self denial, we have come to celebrate the fruit of sacrifice, Easter Sunday. We have no doubt with the resurrection of Jesus Christ the grave is not a destination but a process; the cross is not an end but a means to glory. Alleluia! Today we celebrate Light: The Paschal candle represents Jesus, the primordial light of creation: “God from…

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HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (7) HOMILY THEME: WORSHIP GOD ALONE, PURIFY HIS TEMPLE.

HOMILY FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: WORSHIP GOD ALONE, PURIFY HIS TEMPLE. BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1st reading: Ex. 20:1-17 2nd reading: 1Cor. 1:22-25 Gospel: Jn 2:13-25 Having reached this milestone in our Lenten journey, in this 3rd Sunday of lent we are invited to make a resolve to worship God alone and to continually cleanse his temple of all forms of abuse. In the first reading God gives the ten commandments (the Decalogue) to the people of Israel. The first commandment is the…

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HOMILY FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (7) HOMILY THEME: LET'S GO TO THE MOUNTAIN

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: LET’S GO TO THE MOUNTAIN BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1st: Gen. 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18 2nd:Reading 2 Rom. 8:31B-34   Gospel: Mk. 9:2-10 In this second Sunday of Lent God is inviting us to the mountain. Biblically, mountains are places of , preparation, meditation, change, encounter with God and consequently spiritual advancement. In Ex. 31:18, after the tablets of the law were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. In 1Kg. 19:9-18, on Mount Horeb Elijah encountered God.…

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HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B (6) HOMILY THEME: TIME OF GRACE IS HERE

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B HOMILY THEME: TIME OF GRACE IS HERE BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1st reading: Gen 9:8-15 2nd reading: 1Pt 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 We have finally made it to the 2018 Lenten season. I see God’s grace at work. Another opportunity indeed it is to get close to God and turn away from our wrong doings. Let us therefore cash in on God’s grace and flourish in his mercy. The first reading of today ushers us into the paschal mystery that…

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

HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B. HOMILY THEME: GOD IS FAITHFUL BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1st 2SAM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16 2nd ROM 16:25-27 Gospel LK 1:26-38 AT the darkest moment of human history when fear and anxiety held humanity in chains, when the people of God were sustained only by the last energy of hope and the coming of the Messiah was long overdue, God stretched his hands and wrote straight on a crooked line. Indeed, everyone had every reason to fear. The Jews were…

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