HOMILY FOR THE 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B (5) HOMILY THEME: ROAD WORKERS

HOMILY FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B. HOMILY THEME: ROAD WORKERS BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika   HOMILY: 1st: Is 40:1-5, 9-11 2nd: 2 Pt 3:8-14 Gospel: Mk 1:1-8 The readings of today together call on us all to be road workers, constantly preparing a way for the Lord. Those of us living in the southeastern Nigeria know the daily nightmare bad roads have caused us. Bad roads stunt development, cause setbacks, scare investors, keep people landlocked in their little environment. Those who have good roads enjoy direct access…

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HOMILY FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B (5) HOMILY THEME: "BE WATCHFUL! BE ALERT! "; BE PATIENT!

HOMILY FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT YEAR B. HOMILY THEME: “BE WATCHFUL! BE ALERT! “; BE PATIENT! BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: 1st: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 2nd: 1 Cor 1:3-9 3rd: Mk 13:33-37 It’s a new year. Yes! As we celebrate the first Sunday of advent the church ushers us into a new liturgical year. So, happy new year to you. The end of each liturgical cycle is a good opportunity for us to take stock of our spiritual life and make amends. During the last liturgical year,…

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HOMILY FOR THE 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (8) HOMILY THEME: INVEST!

HOMILY FOR THE THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: INVEST! BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: Matt 25:14-30 Every businessman knows the importance of investment in business. Those who invest get more rewards. In spiritual life the rule is the same, there is no room for lukewarmness and dormancy, one can either increase or decrease. In the gospel of today, Jesus uses what is obtainable in the business world to teach us something about responsibility over God’s gifts and talents we have, to put them into good use…

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HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (6) HOMILY THEME: TO GOD BELONGS EVERYTHING

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: TO GOD BELONGS EVERYTHING BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: 1st: Is. 45:1, 4-6 2nd: 1Thes 1:1-5b Gospel: Mt 22:15-21 In the day’s readings the church invites us to see God’s hand in every human achievement and even in the secular order of the world, and to accord God every honor and glory having come to this realization. In the first reading, Isaiah tries to convince his Jewish audience that things were changing for better for them not because…

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HOMILY FOR THE 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (7) HOMILY THEME: THE LORD'S BANQUET

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: THE LORD’S BANQUET BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: Is. 25:6-10A Phil 4:12-14, 19-20 Mat. 22:1-14 God invites all of us this Sunday to his feast irrespective of who we are and where we come from “in accord with his glorious riches”. The readings give a thrill of hope and call us to conversion in order be worthy of the the Lord’s table. The first reading tells us about a beautiful mountain. The mountain is a place of high…

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HOMILY FOR THE 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (4) HOMILY THEME: THE VINEYARD AND REST OF US

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: THE VINEYARD AND REST OF US BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: Is. 5:1-7 Phil. 4:6-9 Matt. 21:33-43 Knowing that feeling of parents who spend so much to pay their child’s school fees only to be greeted with poor results at the end of the term, or who spent all they had to see her child through the University only to face rejection from the child after being gainfully employed, will help us to appreciate today’s readings. God abhors…

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HOMILY FOR THE 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (2). HOMILY THEME: LIVING BY SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: LIVING BY SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: 1st: Sir. 27:30—28:7 Psalm 103 2nd: Rom 14:7-9 Gospel: Matt. 18: 21-35 Still under the tutelage of the master on discipleship 101. Last Sunday Jesus asked us to move out of ourselves and reach out to our brothers and sisters who have wronged us and those are on the way to damnation in order to win back their souls to God. Today, he gives us the formula of…

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HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (3). HOMILY THEME: “TAKE UP YOUR CROSS... ”

HOMILY FOR THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A HOMILY THEME: “TAKE UP YOUR CROSS… ” BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: 1st: Jer. 20:7-9 2nd: Rom. 12:1-2 Gospel: Matt. 16:21-27 “No cross, no crown”, “No pain, no gain” are truisms we are all familiar with. They convey eternal truth but difficult to be appreciated by many who have fallen into some sort of religious escapism powered by prosperity gospel preachers. “I shall not suffer but I must succeed” and “It is not my portion” have become the trending philosophy…

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HOMILY FOR THE 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A (4). HOMILY THEME: “I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS”

HOMILY FOR THE 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A. HOMILY THEME: “I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS” BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: 1st: Is. 22:19-23 2nd: Rom. 11:33-36 Gospel: Matt. 16:13-20 Today, we reflect on the concept of authority. The Old Testament ascribes every authority to God. God in turn designates to authority to men whom he wishes to. The new testament sees Jesus as one who has authority. In Mark 1:22 he has authority to preach; in Matthew Matthew 9:6-8 he has authority to forgive sins; in Matthew…

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HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD (4). HOMILY THEME: THE GLORY IS THE REWARD

HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD HOMILY THEME: THE GLORY IS THE REWARD BY: Fr. Johnbosco Obika HOMILY: In a certain parish a sendoff ceremony was organized for the catechist having worked for many years. A moderate some of money was given to him in appreciation for his services. However, the catechist was not happy with the parishioners because the gift he received from them was below his expectations. He took his grudges to the parish priest and explained how embittered he was at the gift…

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