YEAR C: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (6)

YEAR C: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT THEME: HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH…YOUR LIBERATION IS NEAR BY: Fr. Christian Eze   First reading- Jer. 33:14-16 Second reading – I Thess. 3:12–4:2 Gospel – Lk. 21:-28. 34-36 Talking about the signs of the end, Jesus said as read in today’s gospel: “When you see these things take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand” – Lk. 21:28. A good question is: what are these things referring to. Sure, they are the incidents Jesus described…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (6) THEME: WHAT DO YOU SEE?

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: WHAT DO YOU SEE? BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading – I Kgs 17:10-16 Second reading – Heb. 9:24-28 Gospel – Mk. 12:38-44 Honestly, during launching or special donations, our interests are at the peak usually at the beginning when “serious people” are coming out to mention their hundreds of thousands and tens of thousands. It would not be difficult at this time to notice the enthusiasm in the clapping of hands. But as soon as it drops…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (10) THEME: IMAGO DEI – IMAGE OF GOD

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: IMAGO DEI – IMAGE OF GOD BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading – Deut. 6:2-6 Second reading – Heb. 7:23-28 Gospel – Mk. 12:28-34 To the question about which is the greatest commandment, Jesus answered “Listen Israel: Yahweh our God is the one Yahweh. You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength” This was the content of a prayer of the Jews called the Shema. The Shema was…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (6) THEME: THE COMMON HUMBLE BEGINNING OF EVERYONE

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: THE COMMON HUMBLE BEGINNING OF EVERYONE BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading – Wisdom 2:12-. 17-20 Second reading – Jms. 3:16-4:3  Gospel – Mk. 9:30-37 Jesus speaks of humility to his disciples. He uses the example of a little child. Yes every human being began humbly like a child- dependent, helpless, possessing nothing, having no enemy. This is interesting. Our humble beginning when reflected upon calls for a life of humility as we grow up. Humility is an…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (6) THEME: THE “BUT”

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: THE “BUT” BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading – Isaiah 35:4-7      Second reading – James 2:1-5   Gospel – Mk 7:31-37 One would be surprised at the choice of today’s topic. Think about it yourself, human beings are among God’s creatures that have it inherent in them to be ingrates. Tell me that which you would do and there would be a total appreciation of it. I am surprised today that the Jews saw the miracle of…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (7) THEME: THE BLOOD THAT PLEADS FOR MERCY

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: THE BLOOD THAT PLEADS FOR MERCY BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading Prov.9:1-6 Second reading – Eph 5:15-20 Gospel – Jn 6: 51-58 Naturally, the blood of a human being innocently spilled cries for vengeance and destruction. In Gen 4:10, the blood of Abel, the first innocent human bloodshed according to Biblical history, cried to God for vengeance. Thus Jesus speaks angrily to the Jews about the revenge to be taken for every blood of man shed innocently–…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (5) HOMILY/REFLECTION THEME: HAVE CONCERN FOR WHAT IS ENTRUSTED INTO YOUR HANDS

YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEME: HAVE CONCERN FOR WHAT IS ENTRUSTED INTO YOUR HANDS BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading – Jer 23:1-6 Second reading – Eph 2:13-18 Gospel – Mk 6:30-34 The work of a shepherd like that of any care taker is to pay attention to the sheep entrusted into his/her hands. A good shepherd, a good care taker does not abandon whatever is entrusted into his/her hands. His/her greatest joy is in seeing that the flock is happy. The joy…

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HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (6) HOMILY THEME: MADE IN NIGERIA

HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME HOMILY THEME: MADE IN NIGERIA BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: 1st reading – Ezk 2:2-5                        2nd reading – 2 Cor 12:7-10         Gospel – Mk 6:1-6 Growing up, I nursed the mentality, just as many did, that only commodities that are foreign are good and durable. Whenever I picked up any item, my interest was in seeing where it was written: made in Japan, made in Italy, made…

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YEAR B: HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY (6) HOMILY THEME: THERE ARE VOICES AND THERE IS THE VOICE 

HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY HOMILY THEME: THERE ARE VOICES AND THERE IS THE VOICE BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY: First reading – Acts 4:8-12 Second reading – 1 Jn. 3:1-2 Gospel – Jn. 10:11-18 There must be a difference between “hearing” and “listening”. To hear something could mean an act of sounds filtering into the external sense organ, the ear. There may not be any commitment to pay attention and act in accordance with the sound. One may hear but may not even understand. On the other hand,…

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HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B (6)

HOMILY/REFLECTION FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B HOMILY THEME: WE NEED DIVINE ILLUMINATION BY: Fr. Christian Eze   HOMILY : First reading – Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 Second reading – 1 Jn 2:1-5 Gospel – Lk. 24:35-48 Many things are common to all the readings of today. Among these include the theme: “thinking that something or a situation is one thing when it is in actual sense, another thing all together”. In the first reading, the Jews who crucified Jesus thought they understood what they were doing, yet they did…

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