Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Analogy of Progress- The Plans of the Enemy Exposed!!!

At the beginning of the world, God commanded the earth to bring forth "the green herb, bearing its seed, and every fruit tree yielding fruit, each after its kind, which also has its seed in itself."’(Gen.1:11) This was the passage of scripture the wise and blessed Francis de Sales made use of in his book, ‘Finding God’s Will for You’ which I have started reading and which from the beginning has captivated me. What was he trying to say with regard to this text? He was trying to draw what I would like to call an ‘analogy of progress’, By this I mean that from that verse we see that in the way God created the green herb ‘bearing its seed’ and every fruit tree yielding fruit, each after its kind, ‘which also has its seed in itself’ an analogy of progress or continuity is drawn by God himself. He did not create the trees and the herbs to just live on their own and in a way remain stable or lasting in a fixed manner of existence, he created them with a view to increase, to grow. The essence of the ‘seed’ is to, in a way, create a pattern for a growth potential, an increase potential.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Abortion- A Meditation on Scripture

As I write these words, more than 47,669 babies have been directly killed today. Since I loaded the web page which has the abortion counter some minutes ago, more than 5,251 unborn children have been killed, and this year, more than 16,425,995 unborn children have been killed. Many countries and states continue to legalize abortions and Physician assisted suicide has continued to be on the increase as well.

The situation is worrisome and is even more so as people who are being charged with the nobility of preventing disease and in effect engendering life, have turned around to be harbingers of death. As Christians, what are we to do? What camp are we to join? I am indeed aware of the many arguments for both sides from many corners, but what I want to do is to listen to Our Lord himself, the Eternal Word, our own master, and teacher, to find out what exactly, we, the people of His way, should believe and do about these issues.

Monday, 8 June 2015

The Holy Mass ForePatterned!!!

It was only yesterday that we celebrated the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ- Corpus Christi we call it, and yet the readings from yesterday has left an impact in my mind. To put it plainly, I was fascinated, you know, that moment where you are listening to the Bible passage and something strikes you, things begin to make sense, you begin the connect the dots; that’s exactly what happened yesterday when I listened to the first reading from Exodus 24:3-8, though for this write-up I wish to extend to verse 10.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Theology of Giving

In my last post I mentioned that there were two themes on my mind, one I wrote about, but the other is something I feel for me is important. Before we finally leave Tobit, there is something else in its 12th chapter that we need to consider. Amongst the many things Raphael told them, one important thing he said to them was that it was better to give alms than to treasure up gold, that almsgiving preserves from death, and it purifies from sin, and that those people who give alms will have a long life (Tobit 12:8-9). You see, I do not mean to underestimate us all, we all know that it is indeed good to give alms, we really don’t need a new person to tell us that. But something we may not have considered is ‘How good exactly is giving alms?’

Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Theology of Trusting

For me, this is one of two important themes on my mind at this moment, especially after reflecting on the passages of scripture presented by the Church. We have been with Tobit for about a week now, that part of the Bible most of us never touch in ages. But I trust it was a wonderful experience for you.

A Meditation on Euthanasia and the Meaning of Suffering

In our society, the issue of euthanasia is very much a debated one and when it is considered the first thing that usually comes to mind is this thing about suffering, about putting people out of their misery, not only for the terminally ill themselves, but also for their families as well, who suffer emotionally, and sometimes financially during those moments. When these are considered it is almost as if the physician assisted suicide is entirely within the place of love. In order to find out, we need to consider a few of these passages of scripture.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Divine Mercy!


Have u wondered how both Judas and Peter fared at the last hour? Did you notice that both sinned against Our Lord; Judas selling His master for 30 silver and betraying Him with a kiss, Peter on the other side denied he knew not 'the man.'

Thursday, 2 April 2015

I Am Judas?

With the Lenten Season having come to an end and the glorious season of Easter approaching, I didn't want these profound moments to go by without sharing some of my meditations with you. Truly, this season has been really eventful for me, in ways that I did not expect. I have learnt a lot, and a lot has happened to me too.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

OUR SALVATION STORY AS RECORDED BY ST LUKE

Birthdays are celebrated once every year, and it forms one of the most beautiful and memorable days in our lives. We live it like its the first, and we as well make of it like its our last...that's why one in every 10 well wishers joyfully phrase: "enjoy it," or "its your day," or "have a blast dearie." It is special not in the sense that it comes only but once in a year, but just like every other celebration, what makes it "your day" is that we get gifts from loved ones;gifts which could take any form as a "Happy Birthday" from an unlikely mate could mean a lot more than a gold wristwatch from a friend. In this, there are no celebrations without a celebrant; no gifts without a giver(wellwisher) and no "happy Birthday" without life.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

HOW CHRIST COMES TO BE WITH US

While reading St. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth (cf. Matthew 1:18-25), two verses from that passage struck me which opened up a new path for me towards an understanding of this passage. First, I felt that the climax of the story in that passage is in verse 23 when Matthew quotes from the Old Testament, ‘the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called Emmanuel, which means: God-with-us.’ I believe that quotation was a stamp, a seal, and a confirmation of who exactly Matthew is telling us about, his identity is ‘God-with-us’, for in the incarnation God came to be with us. That is what we celebrate at Christmas; that God came among us, dwelt among us, was like us, and was with us. It is also interesting to note that at the very beginning of his account Matthew already gives us a picture of the end or goal of Jesus’ coming to us which actually does not cease with Christmas but continues after the Resurrection, for at the very end of his gospel message, in his very last sentence he tells us that Jesus, God-with-us said, ‘I AM WITH YOU always even till the end of this world’, (Matthew 28:20)  I also noticed that Matthew begins in this way, ‘This is HOW Jesus Christ was born…’ (Matthew 1:18). Not ‘where’, not ‘when’, in fact, he doesn’t tell us where (in Bethlehem, in Judea), nor does he tell us when (during the days of King Herod) till chapter 2:1, what he concerns himself with in the first seven verses is HOW.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

PETER'S BOAT

After a long while dearest friends I would like to share with you my meditations on Luke 5:1-11, which was the gospel reading in the Church two days ago. Actually I have written a reflection on this passage on this blog under the caption, The Virtues of a Fisherman, where we considered the virtues worth emulating, portrayed by the Holy Apostle during this event. We established that these virtues are actually important ones which a lot of us in our day need to acquire.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

HAVE YOU LOST HOPE? (The Mystery of the Confessional)

 Many of us, there are who have not being frequenting the confessional. We know quite a lot about how the Church requires of us to go for confession and we probably have not lost touch in believing, strongly believing, that God forgives us when we make a sincere confession. But that is not the problem, the problem seems to be that we do not trust ourselves so much not to commit those sins again. Many of us are tired of visiting the confessional again and again and again, having to confess the same sins, probably and most of the time to the same priest. Apart from the shyness and feeling of humiliation, those of us who have gotten past that still despair, and begin to ask what exactly the need is to go for confession when I may be back here again with the same offenses when I promised earlier that I would not sin again.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

THE INDISPENSABLE TRUTH FOR TODAY !!! (2 COR. 4:6-17; MATT. 16:24-27)


Looking at today's readings, a particular theme resonates, from the first reading to the Gospel. This is a theme that is so essential to our Christian life, and so fundamental that it is indispensable. Unfortunately, many today look on it as unchristian, following the Gospel of men instead of the Gospel of Christ, corrupted in thought and deed by the hedonistic mentality and philosophy of today's world. Speaking of hedonism, it is no little wonder that St. Paul, the apostle we would be hearing from first today, in his second letter to Timothy in the 4th chapter, and in the 3rd verse, warned Timothy, that a time is coming when people would no longer endure sound doctrine, but would surround themselves with false teachers to please their itching ears. (cf 2 Tim. 4:3). We, today, contrary to what our forebears in the faith; the holy ones of God, lived and practiced in their relationship with God and in their journey of Sanctification by the Spirit unto perfection through the merits of the finished work of Christ accomplished in his crucifixion, suffering and death of the cross, we now do not consider this particular element of our faith life necessary, sometimes we adopt a minimalist perspective and philosophy in not wanting to do 'so much', especially one that would cost us our comfort, and so we sink into inner lukewarmness and tepidity. That is why it then seems as though Christianity has lost it's flavor, it's sweetness of old.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A BRIEF MESSAGE TO CATHOLICS…

Well, today my plan is not to list out the whole of the beatitudes to you. In fact, today my word goes out to all Catholics. You as a Catholic need to come to realize what tremendous riches that you have been called to participate in as a Catholic Christian. You as a Catholic need to seize upon the treasures God himself has been willing to adorn his Church, You as a Catholic need to live in harmony with the entire family of the Church, to really encounter Christ in His fullness. I say this because I am aware that a lot of Catholics out there are persecuted, now I do not mean, necessarily being killed but I mean being scorned and rejected, and treated like a piece of shit, just because you are a Catholic. Do not allow these things to get to you, and do not even think of retaliating because that is not the Christ way or the Catholic Way. The Catholic way is to rejoice that you have the opportunity to share in the persecutions of Christ, that you have the opportunity people are looking for to suffer with Christ and so reign with him.

Monday, 7 July 2014

THE LORD IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL

 In Psalm 145:8, today’s responsorial; we are told that the lord is gracious and merciful. And what other Bible passage to accompany it than from Hosea. It is from Hosea, precisely two chapters from the one we read today Hosea 9, that I first heard God talking so compassionately to Israel, about how he had loved Israel and how Israel had broken his heart. In today’s reading we see that He calls Israel his wife, and he is the husband, what Love! And sincerely, this is but a tip of the iceberg as to the vast and boundless ocean of his Love and Mercy. God is madly in love with us! He himself is love and he has loved us from the very beginning of our existence, in fact it was precisely that Love that willed to bring us into existence in the first place, a love that is himself, he had been offering us himself from the beginning and has not ceased to offer us himself, and like St. Paul says, nothing can separate us from that infinite love of God. He himself makes sure that nothing does, especially, in the sacrament of Penance, where he has guaranteed that we would experience his healing touch in our Souls, wiping away all stain of Sin, that we may encounter his Divine Mercy.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

A KING ON AN ASS; AN EASY YOKE

 Today my dear friend the Lord comes to us on an ass, on a donkey, a King on a donkey. This is what we read from the first reading from Zechariah 9:9-10. Of course, this image reminds us of the triumphant entry into Jerusalem and how our King was going to be seated on his throne in Jerusalem, on a donkey, the poorest of animals. Not on the magnificent royal horse, but on a miniature beast of burden, a donkey. There are two things we need to learn from this. First, we see how ordinarily he comes to us, how it is in an ordinary and poor fashion that he comes to us, not in a majestic manner. Most times we feel that the Lord would come to us in something of a noise, of sirens and convoys, and other times also we feel that the Lord needs some royal preparation from us, as though he wants to visit us in festive moods alone, and in high spirits. But today we learn that Our Lord wants to come to us in every mood, in fact, in our ordinary life, in our day to day activities, in the little things that color and busy our lives, that is where God wants to meet us, ordinarily.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS FROM YOU?

In Psalm 85:9, the responsorial for  today, we hear “The Lord speaks of Peace to his people”. And for some days now we have been reading from the Prophet Amos, who was sent to Israel, the Northern part of the divided kingdom to preach to them a message of repentance, to come back to their God. The kind of repentance Amos preached was what I would call a bit more thorough, because this time it concerned a change of heart and a questioning of conscience in the worship of God. This time the people of Israel had not stopped offering sacrifices to God, they had not another God in place of God, like Baal, but there was a lot of injustice and unrighteousness, even when they did not do all these.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

YOU ARE PETER!!! (MATT 16:18)

 Dearest friends, I wish to share with you a little meditation on last Sunday’s Bible reading. On that day we celebrated the solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, two great apostles indeed. But let us take a look at the gospel passage from Matthew 16:13-19. Here we see Christ himself commissioning Peter to be the rock on which his church is built. A lot of arguments have arisen against this, arguments that, for me, really do not hold water, given the simplicity of the text. But let us look at this text and shed some light on them.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

WHO ARE THE “SONS OF GOD” IN GENESIS 6:2?

 Hello friends, I recently started a study of the bible with St. Paul’s Center for biblical theology, and since then it has been all ‘eye-opening’ for me. This is because, not only had I discovered new things about the bible that I never knew in my life, I also realized some views I held to or assumed which were probably due to my reading religious materials that were not Catholic during my childhood. I mean like the famous ‘My book of Bible Stories’ which up until some years ago I did not know was written by the Jehovah’s witnesses.  Anyway, part of the things I realized was the identity of the ‘Sons of God’ in Genesis 6:2. Up until some years ago, I had assumed or rather learnt that these were Angels of God, obviously with no biblical proof whatsoever , though later I began to wrestle with the text, as that particular interpretation didn’t seem to cohere with the rest of the early chapters of Genesis.

Monday, 2 June 2014

STAY WITH US… (LUKE 24:29)

 Dearest friends, I have just returned from a retreat, a very wonderful experience of having to leave the daily activities of this world and our daily struggles to be alone with God, to ask ourselves certain questions and to make resolutions on how we are going to forge ahead in our journey to become saints, to become holy, which is precisely the will of God for us. We all should really try it once in a while, to retreat and be with our Lord in prayer and having to hear him speak to us.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Now You have got to see this Video!!!

Hello Friends...I came across this video that gives a wonderful explanation of Mary and the various biblical truths relating to her.. deep in Scripture and yet very exciting...

I learnt some more things there. It would be something you would want to share to friends and family after watching...

Are you a Catholic on fire for the Gospel and for the defence of the truths of the Catholic Faith and want to get a quick and yet profound summary of the biblical teaching on Mary?? then this video is for you....

Are you a non-catholic seeking to know where and how from scripture, Catholics hold Mary in high regard...and what exactly the Bible has to say about it?? Then this video is also for you!!!

I wouldn't want to feed you with the details...check it out and see for yourself...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

THE VOICE OF THE GHOST AND THE DIVINE ENCOUNTER

As my friend and I were meditating on the scriptures this evening, we came to the passage in Matthew 14:22-33 where Jesus walked on the sea. Many of us have come across this passage countless times and there is even a song in my language that relays the events in this encounter on the sea.

But today, as we were sharing our thoughts on the passage, some things struck me. In verse 26 we are told that when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. And continuing we read that immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Take heart, It is I, have no fear”. And then Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me to come to you on the water.”

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

CHRIST PAID IT ALL! BUT THERE'S SOMETHING LEFT!!

 Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is my wish to inform you of a great mystery, a deep reality ever so present in our lives and in our experience as Christians. You may probably know this but Christ died for us all. He died for you and for me so that through his glorious resurrection we might be brought to life in him. On the Cross in John 19:30, the Lord cried out, ‘It is finished’. And so he had won for us our redemption, the eternal sacrifice had been consummated.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

THE BIBLICAL PURGATORY (PART 2)

Hello Dearest Friends, after much delay on my part I have undertaken to continue my meditations with you on the Biblical Purgatory… It has been a nice experience really, and ever since the last part, some of you have waited for where I was going with the explanations from Scripture. I am sorry for having waited this long to share this with you. A lot of things have happened since then. But without wasting much time, let us begin.

In our last meditation we saw straight from scripture the nature of the God that has called us to be together with him. We established from Heb. 12:29 and from 1 John 4:8 that the Lord our God is A CONSUMING FIRE OF LOVE. We also established from scripture too that our Christian calling involves our being drawn into that consuming fire of love, and that in the process that fire tends to burn away all the exigencies that prevent us from full and perfect communion with him. That is the process of Sanctification wrought in us by the Holy Spirit whereby the merits of Jesus Christ on the Cross are applied to our Souls. Finally, we established, again from scripture, that this process of sanctification involves self-denial and mortification, ‘selling all we own’, and then carrying our crosses and following our Lord. In that part we frequently made use of the word ‘to purge’ which means to purify to describe the process of our sanctification which we have outlined above. May I humbly inform you that it is from this same word that the word “Purgatory” is derived.

Friday, 25 April 2014

CATHOLIC DEVOTION TO MARY-MY DEBATE WITH MY PROTESTANT FRIENDS...GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE

Hello Brothers and Sisters, it is nice to be back here to share my thoughts with you. Before I begin to share my meditations with you. i have decided to share with you today something i found while going down memory lane...This is a debate or argument I got involved in some 2 years ago with my friends.. this happened after i put up a post on facebook. Please enjoy... I have decided to omit the surnames of the people involved.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

THE BIBLICAL PURGATORY (PART 1)

Today, dearest friends in Christ, I wish to delve into the issue of purgatory which is a very profound issue. This issue is not only profound, it is also interesting. One of the things that interest me about purgatory is that it is a Christian belief that is entirely biblical, every single aspect of it, speaking from an apologetic point of view, yet, a lot of Christians do not believe that there is a purgatory. There are two reasons why I think this is the case. The first is that what they know as purgatory, or what they think they know as purgatory, is not what purgatory is at all. And so, they have a lot of misconceptions, and worse, they cling to those misconceptions, without finding out in reality what the Church really says about it. The second reason stems from the first, and is that people have been corrupted psychologically with a lot of bias about purgatory, and about doctrines taught by the Church of God. This has in a way, blinded any objective research or approach to this profound belief. I, therefore urge you dear brother, dear sister to be, in a way, demystified, to simply forget everything you thought you knew, which opposed this belief, and please join me on the journey to appreciating the marvel of the biblical purgatory.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

SUFFERING


IN THE BEGINNING God created the world in such a way that all creations would have contact with one another constantly so that His glory may be seen through them. A tree cannot grow to bear fruits solely by sowing, but with the co-operation of the combining factors of the earth’s greatest: light, water and air to photosynthesize its food for a healthy growth, therefore it fulfills its goodness. Same with man whom created in the lover’s image was made to have a direct and constant contact with love. So that being and remaining in that love, he may become like unto that which is loved --- reflect that image of God his creator; God, being perfect goodness.
Genesis chapter 1 and 2 recorded that God after seeing all that He had made it pleased Him for it was good. Thus, God created and since He is perfect goodness, His creations were perfectly crafted.