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God Never Fails.

God Never Fails.

*🎷God Never Fails.🎷*

Homily for Wednesday 12th December 2018.

_“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” *Isaiah 40:30-31.*_

In today’s first reading, God seeks to reveal Himself to the prophet Isaiah. When we are trying to describe something entirely new to someone, we often resort to comparisons so that the person can use the idea of what he knows already to understand what he does not know. So God says to Isaiah, “To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him?” This is a really tough question because in truth, there is nothing we use to compare God.

Nevertheless, in the course of that passage, God came up with an answer: “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grows weary… He gives the power to faint… Even youths shall faint and be weary, young men shall fall exhausted but they who wait for the Lord shall… run and never be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Only God deserves our complete trust. If God is for us, nothing can harm us. God’s power can never reduce, His strength is everlasting. If we place our trust in God and wait on Him, we shall be like eagles, we shall be victorious, we shall have the last laugh.

This fact is exactly what Jesus re-echoes in today’s Gospel passage: “Come to me all you who labour and heavy laden, and I will give you rest… for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” 

If we place our trust in God and cast all our fears, worries and troubles (heavy burdens) on Him, we shall mount up wings be like eagles, we shall run and never be tired, walk and never grow faint. We shall be victorious, we shall have the last laugh.

My dear brothers and sisters, what is your burden? Jesus is saying to us today, “Come to Me.” How would you feel if the President of this country tells you, “come and see me?” Happy and hopeful, right? So why are you still troubled? Jesus is the one saying: “Come to Me.” Go and drop the matter right at his feet and let Jesus do what He alone knows how to do best.

_*Sing:*_

What a Friend we have in Jesus.

all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry.

everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

everything to God in prayer.

*Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, I trust you and I know you will never fail me. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. 

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent.

*Bible Study: Isaiah 40:25-31, Psalm 103:1-4.8.10 and Matthew 11:28-30*.

-Fr. Evaristus Abu🎺

The Advent Spirit.

The Advent Spirit.


​*🎤The Advent Spirit.🎤*

Homily for Monday 3rd December 2018.

_“’Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.’ And he said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ But the centurion answered him, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.’” *Matthew 8:6-8*_

During this season of Advent, one of our most common hymns is “Come Lord Jesus!” Come Lord Jesus the light is dying, the night keeps crying: Come, Lord Jesus. Christ, come quickly, there’s danger at the door, poverty aplenty, hearts gone wild with war, there hunger in the City and famine on the plain. Come Lord Jesus.

As we call on Jesus this season of Advent, the Centurion in our Gospel passage gives us the right disposition and outlook that should necessarily accompany our call.

We learn from the centurion to have the attitude of humility bearing in mind that we are indeed not worthy to have Jesus come to us. In this season of Advent, we must strive to free our hearts from arrogance of any sort. Humility is not just a matter of thinking less of myself, it is thinking big of the God I serve.

If only I knew how big God is, I would not underestimate prayer. Indeed, rather than see prayer as a waste of time, I would consider each minute I spend praying as a privilege. The centurion teaches us not to take God for granted because no matter how big and important we are in life, we are mere dust before God.

Secondly, we learn from the Centurion the need for faith. He had no iota of doubt in his heart about what Jesus could do and he approached Jesus with the firm assurance that by simply speaking the word, his servant would receive healing.

As much as we are calling on Jesus to come again and be reborn in our hearts this Christmas, we need to redouble our faith in his power. Jesus was marvelled at the faith of the Centurion saying he had not found such faith even in Israel. Do I have such faith in the power of Jesus?

Thirdly, we learn from the Centurion the need to show care and concern for the people living with or working for us. The fact that we are paying someone salary does not mean the person is less of a human being. At times, our workers are sick and we don’t even go to check on them not to talk about going out of our way to find solutions to their problems.

The Centurion going by his name must have been a busy man because he was in charge of a hundred soldiers. Yet, someone, he found time to come looking for Jesus because of his servant; not even his son; not even a soldier. He could have simply left the servant and hired another but he knew to act better.

As we prepare to welcome Jesus this Christmas, let us remember that the same Jesus who was born on in a manger, about whom the angels sang is the same Jesus who said: “when I was hungry, you gave me no food, sick and in prison and you did not come to visit me.” Christmas is first of all a celebration of love and if I don’t show love to those less than me, I have failed Jesus.

Fourthly, this encounter between Jesus and the Centurion gives us a glimpse of what God has in mind for us in sending his son Jesus to be born as a man and live among us. The plan of God for mankind as the Prophet Isaiah depicts in our first reading is to see that man lives in perfect peace and goodness. Sickness, diseases, hunger and war are not part of this plan.

Isaiah speaks of a time when nations should beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Jesus was willing to go to the Centurion’s house because he didn’t want his servant to remain sick. We pray that Jesus would come and heal our sickness and bring relief to our pains. We pray that this Christmas would be a time of peace, a time of abundance and not war.

Finally, we remember St. Francis Xavier, one of those who began the Society of Jesus along with St. Ignatius. St. Francis was a great missionary and evangelizer. He took the Gospel to India, Japan and China where he eventually died due to illness.

*Let us pray: Lord Jesus, bring us healing and teach us to trust you like the Centurion. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. 

Monday of the 1st Week of Advent. 

*Bible Study: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122:1-9 and Matthew 8:5-11*.

-Fr. Evaristus Abu🎷

Prepare For Harvest.

Prepare For Harvest.

*🎤Prepare for Harvest.🎤*

Homily for Tuesday 27 November 2018.

_“And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud; ‘Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.’ So he who sat upon the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.” *Revelation 14:15-16.*_

Using very graphic images, John in our first reading describes the end of the world in terms of harvest. This is just in line with what Jesus in our Gospel passage taught about judgment day; how the sheep shall be separated from the goats; how those who have done well will rejoice while some will be sent to a place of crying and weeping.

In other for us not to get too attached to imagery, we must dwell on the essence of the message itself – there is nothing that we do that does not have its repercussion. For every good deed that we do and for every wrong deed that we do, we shall somehow get to receive a boomerang effect later. *The good we do as well as the evil we do comes back to us.*

Just as farmers harvest the crops they plant, we cannot expect to harvest good in places where we have sown evil. Our life on earth is very short. It is a time of planting and it is exactly what we plant, (the way we choose to live, the choices we make every day) that determines what the harvest of our lives would look like.

This day of harvest will definitely be a day of great disturbance, turmoil and sadness. As Jesus points out in today’s Gospel passage, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” Luke 21:10-11.

As you step out of your room today, let this question dwell in your mind. Harvest day must surely come; what am I planting today?

*Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, may my life yield a great harvest. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. 

Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time. 

*Bible Study: Revelation 14:14-19, Psalm 96:10-13 and Luke 21:5-11.*

-Fr. Evaristus Abu🎷

Develop And Use Your Gifts And Talents For God’s Kingdom 

Develop And Use Your Gifts And Talents For God’s Kingdom 

*🎤Develop and Use Your Gifts and Talents for God’s Kingdom.🎤*

Homily for Wednesday 21st November 2018.

_“He gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Trade with these till I come.’” *Luke 19:13*_

The key to understanding today’s Gospel passage is to keep in mind the purpose behind the parable given by Jesus. As Luke tells us: “Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.”

In other words, Jesus told this parable to teach that His second coming is not going to happen immediately and as such, what is important for us is to focus on developing the gifts and talents that God has deposited in us. The worst mistake we can make is to make ourselves perpetually idle in the name of waiting for Christ’s second coming.

Unlike other similar parables of Jesus, in this particular story, each of the ten servants was given one pound each. This perhaps points to the radical equality of God’s gifts to us. We may not have exactly the same gifts but no one is luckier than anyone else. Nevertheless, even if there is no such thing as partiality on the part of God, our abilities to make the best of God’s gifts in us vary.

From the same one pound, one servant produced ten more, another produced five but there was one who simply buried his pound only to bring it out exactly the way he was given. This third servant is one from whom we have a lot to learn. In fact, Jesus told this parable just so that we do not become like this particular servant.

There is something about this servant who buried the Master’s pound. He loved to complain, he lived in a world where everyone apart from him is a problem. He had at least something negative to say about everyone. Even the Master was not spared. He accused the master of being a severe man who loved to reap where he has not sown. According to him, the master’s behaviour was to be blamed for his inability to trade with the pound that was given to him.

Am I such a person who is always complaining about people? Do I blame others for my failures in life? Do I feel that God is unfair, unjust or unconcerned about me? Do I find fault very easily or do I have a positive attitude towards life? What efforts am I making to really develop my special abilities and talents? Perhaps the only thing keeping you from discovering your talents is your belief that you are not as blessed as others; that God was unfair to you. Stop complaining, get busy, every difficulty is an opportunity inverted on itself. There is always a silver lining in every cloud.

Today we remember the day the Blessed Virgin Mary was presented (dedicated) to God in the temple as a little child. This feast is significant because it marked the beginning of her parents’ commitment to raising their girl-child to be such a God-fearing and holy woman. Joachim and Anne are considered Saints today because of their great act of parenthood. They gave Mary the very best so much so that God chose her to be His Mother. As parents, let us remain committed to raising our children to know, love and fear God.

*Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, help me to make the best use of my little time on earth while I await your second coming. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. 

Wednesday of the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time. Year B. 

*Bible Study: Revelation 4:1-11 Psalm 150:1-6 and Luke 19:11-28* 

-Fr. Evaristus Abu🎷

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