IS ‘BACK TO SENDER’ AN ACCEPTABLE PRAYER PATTERN? Rev Fr. Martin Onwudiwe
Aug 24, 2017
It has been the natural tendency of man to reject bad omen and any ill-fated occurrence directed towards him and his relations. Almost in every corner of our society, wherever people quarrel over any issue, ‘back to sender’ has always been a reoccurring phrase between the disputing parties. Yet, beyond disputing parties, every nook and cranny of our land is clustered with prayer houses, ministries and ministration homes, adoration centres and vigil centres. In these centres, one o ...
Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time of the Year A. By Fr JohnPaul Okonkwo
Aug 24, 2017
ST PETER: BETWEEN INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY
The first reading of today tells us, “I place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; should he open, no one shall close, should he close, no one shall open” (Isa. 22:22 ). In the Gospel, Jesus gives the ‘Key’ to Peter, thereby building the Church on him ‘the Rock’ (in spite of his human failings). Similarly, the second reading reveals to us that the reason for Je ...
HOMILY FOR FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A, REV. FR. NICODEMUS ONWUSOBA
Jul 06, 2017
YOU NEED TO BE POSSESSED!Zech.9: 9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11: 25-30Spirit possession is a term for the belief that animas, demons, extraterrestrials, gods or spirits can take control of a human body. This concept of Spirit Possession exists in many religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Haitian Vodoo, Islam and even in the African Traditional Religion.Many a time, we hear people claim that agwu mara m (a particular spirit of deity is on/following me) to serve as ...
Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time of the Year A, By Fr JohnPaul Okonkwo
Jun 30, 2017
IT IS BETTER TO BURN OUT THAN RUST OUT !!!
The first reading of today tells us how Elisha encountered the woman of Shunem. This woman was rich economically, but was poor in another sense. She had no son! Besides, she was very generous to Elisha whom she realised to be “a holy man of God”. This kindness brought her blessings. In the second reading, St Paul made it known that we are all baptized into the paschal mystery of Christ: the passion, the death, ...
Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time of the Year A, by Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ahanonu
Jun 24, 2017
PANIC IN THE LAND: BE NOT AFRAID!
For quite a long time, there has been fear in our country politically, socially, and economically. Recently, the fear has metamorphosed into panic station after the successful sit-at-home exercise. We are gripped with the eviction threats from the north and session threats from various quarters within the country. The federal government preaches or claims to preach “united we stand” while the masses cry “divided we move.” In th ...
HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, BY REV. FR. FRANCIS EZINNE
Jun 15, 2017
THEME: MAY CHRIST’S SACRAMENT OF LOVE INSPIRE US TO LOVE
On this day, the Holy Mother Church celebrates the solemn feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ). Today we celebrate the real presence of Christ among us, his people, in the form of bread and wine in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. We celebrate in today’s Solemnity, Christ’s self-giving in love manifested in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist which is the source and summit of our Christian life; an ...
Homily for Holy Trinity Sunday, By Rev. Fr Chukwunonso Anosike
Jun 08, 2017
The Most Holy Trinity- The Source of our Christian Living.
Today is the Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost. A feast of the Church since 1334, its purpose is to honour the Most Holy Trinity. It was only under Pope John XXII that it began to be observed by the universal Church.The mystery and doctrine of the Trinity, (God is One and Triune- three divine persons, equal glory, co-eternal majesty, undivided in splendour, yet one Lord, one God) is fundamental and central to Ch ...
HOMILY FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY BY REV. FR. NICODEMUS ONWUSOBA
Jun 01, 2017
THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST (HOLY SPIRIT) IS FOR UNITY NOT DIVISION!
Acts 2: 1-11; 1Cor 12: 3-7.12-12; John 20: 19-23
Today, we are celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the fiftieth (pentecostes) day after the Resurrection of Christ. This solemnity commemorates the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send the Holy Spirit upon his nervous disciples, who gathered behind the closed doors of the Cenacle in Jerusalem. Pentecost is a feast which occupies a very important and prominent positi ...
FIRE AS A SYMBOL OF THE HOLY SPIRT By Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ahanonu
Jun 01, 2017
Narrating the account of the Pentecost, Luke recounts that suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where the disciples were sitting. Then “divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them” (Act 2:3).
A pertinent question is, why tongues of fire? Could the presence of the Holy Spirit not be felt in another form? Certainly it could as in the case of Baptism of Jesus when the ...
Homily for the 7th Sunday of Easter in the Year A. By Fr JohnPaul Okonkwo
May 26, 2017
THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE !
The first reading of today shows that after the ascension of Jesus, the apostles, together with Mary the mother of Jesus and his brethren, and other women, devoted themselves to prayers. In the second reading, Peter encourages us to rejoice whenever we share in Christ’s suffering as Christians. In the Gospel, Jesus in the first part of his priestly prayer, asks God to glorify him (the Son) and be glorified in him whom he (the Father) s ...