Author: Rev Dr. Vitalis Anaehobi

Sunday Reflections 1st Sunday of Lent year B He has the permission to tempt you 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:12-15 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ 2. Today is…

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Sunday Reflections 6th Sunday if year B Touch the leper, imitate your Christ 1.✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:40-45 A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, ‘Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and…

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Sunday Reflections 5th Sunday of year B Jesus gives meaning to our life on eart 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:29-39 On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those…

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Sunday Reflections 4th Sunday year B Jesus is the Ultimate Prophe 1.✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:21-28 Jesus and his disciples went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who…

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Sunday Reflections 3rd Sunday year B We are all fishers of men 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:14-20. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make…

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Sunday Reflections 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time B You have been called and chosen 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 1:35-42 As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest…

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Sunday Reflections Solemnity of Epiphany 2024 Paying attention to the signs of God 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 2:1-12 After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of…

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Sunday Reflections 4th Sunday Advent B He is a covenant keeping God 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you…

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Sunday Reflections 2nd Sunday Advent B Prepare to meet the Lor 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. And so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All…

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Sunday Reflections 33 Sunday year A Your work is your salvation ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:14-15,19-21 1. Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out. ‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the…

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Sunday Reflections 32 Sunday year A Wisdom as living beyond selfish calculations ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:1-13 1. Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there…

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Sunday Reflections 31 Sunday Year A Going beyond social cosmetics 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 23:1-12 Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract…

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Sunday Reflections 30th Sunday year A Love and do what you like 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according Matthew 22:34-40 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments…

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Sunday Reflections 29th Sunday year A Even Caesar belongs to God 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 22:15-21 The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you. Tell us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to…

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Sunday Reflectio 27 Sunday year A What does the Lord want from you? ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 21:33-43 1. Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and…

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Sunday Reflections 25 Sunday year A Equity:To each according to his need ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 20:1-16 1. Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So…

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Sunday Reflection 24 Sunday year A You must forgive your brother 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:21-35 Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. ‘And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so…

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Sunday Reflection 23 Sunday year A You are your brother’s keeper 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (18:15-29) Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain any charge. But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses…

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Sunday Reflection 21 Sunday year A All authority is a gift from God 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (16:13-20) When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said, ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon…

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Sunday Reflections 19th Sunday of year A God will locate you in your troubles 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (14:22-33) Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he…

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Sunday Reflections 16th Sunday of year A Exercising authority with love and patience 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (13:24-43) Jesus put another parable before the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everybody was asleep his enemy came, sowed darnel all among the wheat, and made off. When the new wheat sprouted and ripened, the darnel appeared as well. The owner’s servants went to him and said, “Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? If so, where…

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Sunday Reflection 15th Sunday of year A Sow your seed in a good soil 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (13:1-23) Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables. He said, ‘Imagine a sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell on the edge of the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on patches of…

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Sunday Reflections for 13th Sunday year A Make your love hierarchical and concrete 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (10:37-42). Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. ‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and…

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Sunday reflection for 12th Sunday A God will not disappoint your trust 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (10:26-33 ) Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops. ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in…

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Sunday Reflections Corpus Christi Whoever eats this bread will live forever 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (6:51-58). Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink…

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Sunday Reflections You are the temple of the Holy Spirit 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (Jn20:19-23). Taken from today’s gospel for pentecost Sunday. On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the…

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Sunday Reflections Be like the God you are serving 1. Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me,…

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1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (15:15-21). Taken from today’s gospel for 6th Sunday of Easter. Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world…

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Sunday Reflections Show us the Father 1. A reading from the holy Gospel according to John ( 14:1-12) Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going…

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Sunday Reflections The Word and the Bread are inseparable 1. ✠ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (24:13-35) That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them,…

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