IN MY FATHERS HOUSE

IN MY FATHERS HOUSE


In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (Jn. 14:2). 
It is a known fact that the earth with all its seeming beauty is not our true home. Death is an inevitable reality but it still isnt an end in itself.  One day, we shall shed this mortal body of ours and our soul shall leave earth to face immortality in heaven or in hell. But Christ tells us in the Gospel, He is preparing a place for us in heaven.

The real question then is: Are we prepared for that place?

Sometimes, we could become ignorant of how to navigate in our journey from earth to eternity. We tend to focus on the here and now at the detriment of the eternal. We commit most part of our life towards dominating the world (our career, our social circle, our relationship and our financial life). Many times we get carried away in the rat race of life without even pausing to ask ourselves:

Where am I heading? or better yet Where is life leading me?

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The problem most times is that we live our lives forgetting that we shall someday return to the righteous judge. The one who shall judge every man and woman according to his or her works. (See Romans 2:6). He shall gather His wheat (that is, righteous ones) into the barn, but the chaff (that is, sinners) He will cast into unquenchable fire. (See Matthew. 13:30)

The Fathers mansion is the real treasure our only assurance in the life hereafter. Hence, it should be our major focus in life. (See Colossians 3:1-4) So, it will be unwise not to live for it. As Christ warns us in Marks gospel For what profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his or her life? (Mark 8:36). We must constantly check our lives to be sure we are not losing our souls to the vanities of life.

It is not the will of God that anyone should perish, Christ came into the world to show us the way to the Father and to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life. (John 3:16).

How then do we make ourselves fit for this prepared mansion?

  1. Christ – The Way to the Father: As Christ’s followers, Jesus calls us daily to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him. By following in His footsteps, we are certain to walk through the narrow gate that leads to eternal life. (Mtt. 16:24; 7:14).

Beloved, the cross may look rough and it may seem like a symbol of suffering to many. But for us Christians, it is a symbol of compassion and sacrificial love (John. 3:16), intercession, mercy, forgiveness and redemption (Luke. 23:34, John. 19:30), submission to God’s will (Luke. 23:47), and commendation of one another into each others care and that of our Blessed Mother Mary (John. 19:26-27).

  1. Christ – The Truth: As Christ talked about His imminent death, doubts filled the hearts of His Apostles. “They were troubled.”  (John. 14:1a). “We hope this Man is not playing games with us?” Hence, the reason behind His transfiguration and His appearances to His Disciples/Apostles after His resurrection and Ascension.

Strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit and fuelled by the Truth, the Apostles witnessed to the Good News. And they were glad to suffer humiliation on account of Christ. (See Acts 5:41). 

Beloved, are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Christ? Remember Whoever tries to save his or her life will lose it, but whoever loses his or  her life for My sake, will save it (Luke 17:33).

  1. Christ – The Life: “…the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matt. 24:13) “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live.” (Jn. 11:25) So don’t abandon your cross. “Trust in God still, and trust in Me.” (Jn. 14:1b) Remember, victory awaits you at Calvary. 

Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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A Maiden was with a child

A Maiden was with a child.
In search for an inn to have the long awaited Messiah;
Many prophets foretold His coming;
Many from generation to generations longed for His arrival.

That night, the Saviour was at the doorsteps of many
Yet, the earth was completely oblivious of the moment
It was the night of His Nativity
But all they could see was a pregnant woman
And a troubled man standing at their door.

Doors were slammed against Him,
Hisses were blown towards them.
The hosts of heaven watched the unfolding of one of the greatest mysteries of life God in the midst of His people,
Yet none of his creatures would welcome the Saviour.

The cherubs, the seraphs and all the heavenly choir took their positions
Chanting sonorous hymns in exaltation of God above.
The angels were at hand to break forth the good news to mankind
That night! That very night, the Messiah, the Chief Shepherd of men was born in a manger.
The prophecy is fulfilled.

Yes, for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His
Shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Emmanuel is His name God with us.

Even today He stands at door of your hearts,
Seeking a place to stay for the night.
Don’t shut the doors the second time
But open up your heart to let Him in.
Allow Him fill your heart with Joy, Peace and blessing.
He is the redeemer.
He has come to save you!

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Nigeria Independence Day

Nigeria Independence Day

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1st October, 1960

It was the dawn of a new era.
A nation was born, she was named Nigeria.
Yes, it was a day of freedom.
Freedom from the hands of our colonial masters;
It ignited celebration across the nation
From east to west, north to south we could hear jubilation.

Men and women, young and old in their beautiful traditional attires
and costumes rolled out with songs of joy.
They danced excitedly to the rhythm of musical instruments at their disposal;

Today, this freedom from colonial masters turned out to become slavery to god fathers.
The once self-reliant nation with oil boom and plenty of agricultural products
for local consumption and export now relies more on importation and foreign loans.

With the upsurge of different sect groups and kidnappers among other social ills,
Our mother land has become a murder land
while our father land has become farther for Nigerians in Diaspora.
Selfishness, greed, anti-ethnic and religious bigotry have fractured our nation,
and destroyed the fabric of our image locally and internationally.

We are limping as a nation and our coat of arms
Unity and faith, peace and progress keeps ebbing away
Our religious groups – the conscience of this nation are founded on peace and love
But why the chaos and hatred in our land?

Our last military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in his words said,
We cannot bequeath chaos, disunity, a state of insecurity
and hopelessness to the future generations of Nigerians.”

So, we must purge ourselves of anti-ethnic and religious bigotry
We must tame our greed and eradicate the abuse of power or office
We must make our land more productive, more inhabitable, more hospitable and secure
We must create a nation where public resources are utilized for the good of all and not just a few
Where men and women, young and old have a fair share of the dividends of democracy
and the voice of the poor in the rural settlement is heard and given due attention.

Our concern for the men and women in Aso Rock, the upper and lower chambers
must not be more than that towards the men and women in the rural areas
They must have access to quality education,
Good and affordable health care services and good transportation system.

Their allowances is paid as and at when they are due
We must encourage creativity and reward genuine success
We must raise people of conscience and build a nation of conscience
We must harness our intellectual knowledge,
human and natural resources to build a nation of global admiration.

We must have the will and the courage to begin anew
in order to build a united nation of peace, progress and prosperity.
May the labour of our heroes past never be in vain. Amen.

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I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

  • Philippians 4:13

Have you ever stumbled upon this verse of scriptures in the past? How did you feel when it happened? Let me guess! You were probably excited when you first read, heard or received admonition on this particular verse. Perhaps you have also been able to conquer or overcome some of life’s challenges with the help of this scriptural passage. It is truly amazing to note that we have been able to conquer different challenges of life based on our faith in Christ and His grace.

Many Christians have given tremendous testimonies of their victories that we will run out of words when we begin to list the numerous achievements we have made, all thanks to the grace and strength of Christ that has been sufficient. Ofcourse, it is always interesting and faith-charged atmosphere when we sit back and listen to these testimonies. But have you noticed that most of our testimonies do not include how we have conquered un-forgiveness through Christ who strengthens us? That sounds odd right? Well then, let me ask you a question: Is forgiveness excluded from this scriptural text: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me?”.

The next question that may come to mind is why do many of us fail to consider reconciliation or forgiveness as a victory? The answer is not far from the fact that right from time immemorial, humans have always wanted to get even with those they perceive as their enemies. On this ground, some will never ask for the grace to reconcile with an offender or an enemy. Instead of taking the step towards reconciliation, some will resist the grace and the strength of Christ, they will forsake the courage and the will bestowed on us by Christ and refuse to reconcile with an offender.

What is the mind of Christ when we act in this way? Is Christ pleased with us when we respond to His grace only for selfish gains? We say to ourselves “Ha! It is difficult to let go!“ But that is why grace is available – to make us able to accomplish that which is beyond our strength.

The unforgiving must have thought: “It is impossible to forgive such an offence,” “he/she does not deserve mercy for such a heinous act.” Who really deserves mercy, you? Can you look at the mirror and tell yourself that you deserve mercy? We all enjoy God’s mercy because of His love. God wants us to do the same to our offenders because His spirit of love and mercy dwells in us. (See Colossians 3:13)

Beloved in Christ, the strength and the empowerment we received from Christ urges us to offer love, mercy and selfless service to men and women created in the image and after the likeness of God. So, when next you fail to forgive, always remember, you are resisting the spirit of Christ who strengthens us to do all things. Even the seemingly impossible!

He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.

  • St. Maria Faustina

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You are the God of love and mercy. Thank You for the love and mercy You shown me on the cross of Calvary. Help me to conquer the spirit of unforgiveness, and the grace to forgive my transgressors. Amen.

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MOTHER, YOU ARE THE BEST

MOTHER, YOU ARE THE BEST

Mother!

What a priceless gift to mankind

What a source of joy and a delight to human race

In her, love is personified

In her presence joy flows unceasing

Mother, You are the best!


Mother!

Your touch comforts

Your words heal

Your smiles keep me going

Your kisses and hugs made me feel precious

And in your hands I found love and solace

Mother, You are the best!

Mother!

In the cold, you clothed me

When I was hungry, you fed me

When I was sick, you were at hand to support me

When I was rejected, you welcomed me

Mother, You are the best!


Mother!

My joy, was your joy

My beauty, was your beauty

My success, was your success

My failure, was your pain

Mother, You are the best!


Mother!

Thank you for the love

Thank you for the kisses

Thank you for the hugs

Thank you for the encouragement

Thank you for being my cheerleader

Thank you Mother. You are the best

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THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST – THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Once upon a time, many years ago
In the midst of a crooked and dark world
Came the Light of the world
His brightness exposed the hypocrisy of men
His rays were to direct men in the path of righteousness

But men chose to remain in darkness rather than embrace the light
They were comfortable in their life of hypocrisy
And they were prepared to do anything to obliterate the Light
Day and night they sought for that opportunity to eliminate the Light

As the saying goes,
“If the enemy within does not pull one down, the enemy without can hardly pull one down.”
For greed and the love of money
He was betrayed by a friend’s kiss
Sold for 30 pieces of Silver

He was bound with chains and presented before Annas, Caiphas, Pilate and Herod
He stood alone before His adversaries
And was accused by false witnesses
With no one to defend His case

His friends and apostles deserted Him
The one who vowed to die for Him, denied Him
Those who enjoyed His company, His love and His adversaries shouted:
Crucify Him! Crucify Him! He deserves to die

In their quest to have Him crucified, to extinguish the Light
They chose a thief over Him
He was denied justice for fear of a riot
Handed over to hostile and brutal men

In chains, He was scourged and disfigured
His skin torn apart by whips and curbs
He was slapped and spat upon
He was crowned with thorns, blindfolded and mocked

Like an innocent lamb led to the slaughter
He was burdened with a heavy-rugged wooden cross
And journeyed to Calvary – the hill of His crucifixion
More than once He fell under the weight of the cross

Mercilessly, they stabbed Him with nails
Fastened to the cross with a heavy smashed hammer
And pain exploded like a bomb of fire in His brain
Stripped of His garment and suspended among thieves to bleed to die

His mother watched in silence and in sorrow
The earthly distanced themselves from Him
While the heavenly watched on in silence
No wonder He cried out aloud with all the energy He could muster:
“My God, My God why have Thou forsaken Me.”

On the cross, He was taunted
He was given gall and vinegar to drink
But He prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Quietly He said, “It is finished.”
Bowed His head and gave up His Spirit

The Temple’s curtain torn apart
Darkness covered the earth
The quake and the tombs were opened
And the bodies of the many saints arose
“This was the Son of God!” as exclaimed
But the Light will rise again and shine brightly and unceasingly

For many, this was a suicide journey
No! It was a journey of love
It was a journey of mercy
It was a journey of salvation
It was a journey of redemption – to rescue our souls from the chains of Hades
This is the victory over death
Yes, on the cross Satan lost the battle.
Men and women can now experience the Beatific Vision
And reign with the Saviour in His heavenly Kingdom.

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because of Your holy cross You redeemed the world

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WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST

WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST

The Church is a cultivated field, the tillage of God. On that land the ancient olive tree grows whose holy roots were the prophets and in which the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles has been brought about and will be brought about again. That land, like a choice vineyard, has been planted by the heavenly cultivator. Yet the true vine is Christ who gives life and fruitfulness to the branches, that is, to us, who through the Church remain in Christ, without whom we can do nothing. [CC 755]

To say, Christ is the vine and we are the braches [See John 15:5], it means we are part of the whole – the body of Christ. This was opined by Apostle Paul when he said: Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. [1 Corinthians 12:27]
But how do we become part of this whole – the body of Christ, the Vine, the Church, the Family of God’s people, His kingdom on earth? This answer was made known to Nicodemus by our Saviour Jesus Christ: “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” [John 3:5]

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”5 [CC1213]

So, through faith and baptism we become members of the body of Christ because through the immersion we are buried with Him and rise with Him through His resurrection. [See CC1214]; the white baptismal garment means we put on Christ ie a new creation; the candle light means Christ has enlightened us and we are now the light of the world. [See CC 1243]

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, we become part of the body of Christ – the Vine, the family of God’s people through faith and baptism but we remain in the Vine by being a light to the world.

Therefore, the body of Christ – the Church encompasses arrays of baptized persons – rich and poor; slaves and masters; young and old; men and women; boys and girls; single and married. There are variations in economical, social, cultural, ethnic, financial and spiritual status of these persons. Irrespective of these differences in status, by virtue of their baptism they are given equal status in Christ Jesus as Apostle Paul stated in his letter to the Galatians:
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:27-28]

This single and encompassing pieces of clothing binding the various parts of the body of Christ is purposed for all Christ’s faithful to be people oriented; functioning together in love, fellowship, respect for one another and willingness to forgive irrespective of race, ethnicity, colour and gender. And kindly know that works of mercy comes before the works of worship [See Matthew 5:23-24; Luke 10:25-37, Luke 13:10-17]. For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen [1 John 4:20b]. And in truth acts of mercy are acts of worship [See Proverbs 14:31]. Mercy encompasses forgiveness and charity.

Just like the parts of the human body, Christians must learn to share in the pain, joy and the general wellbeing of every member of the Household of God. In truth, that is what it takes to remain in the Vine or to be light to the world. The church, the body of Christ, was purchased to give glory to God [See 1 Corinthians 6: 20], it is holy and not for sexual immorality [See 1 Corinthians 6: 18] but as the Shrine of the Holy Spirit [See 1 Corinthians 6: 19]. The body cannot grow if we continue to envy, fight and speak evil of one other [See James 4:1-2, 11].

So, let us be careful not to create more division within the Christendom. Let us put an end to sayings like: I belong to Paul, I belong to Apollos [See I Corinthians 3:4-6]. Before His Passion, Christ prayed earnestly for us to be one. [See John 17:21-23]. So, why are we rebelling against Christ’s will for His people?

Apostle Paul once appealed to the people of Galatians, “…serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself. If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. [See Galatians. 5:13-15]

If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. [1 Corinthians 3:17]
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. [Galatians 5:6; I Corinthians 13:1-13]
The body is called to walk in love for by this shall all men know we are His disciples [See John 13: 35], then we can disciple the nations. Individually, everyone is called to discover their specific purpose in the Body and minister in that capacity according to the gifts we were given [See Romans 12: 6-8]. This is a call for the laity to be more involved and not be bench warmers or church attenders.

In his book: Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren said:
The difference between being a church attender and a church member is commitment. Attenders are spectators from the sidelines; members get involved in the ministry. Attenders are consumers; members are contributors. Attenders want the benefits of a church without sharing the responsibility.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, where do you belong – a church attender or a member of the household of God? It is just a personal question for self-reflection.
Dear people of God, we all have special gifts of the Holy Spirit to contribute toward the unit of the body of Christ – His church. We all have talents that we help us to be fruitful in service toward God and humanity because the mission of the body of Christ is, to be salt of the earth and light of the world [See Matthew 5:13-16]

Finally, in one of his weekly General Audience addresses to the faithful gathering in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said:
The image of the body helps us understand this deep connection between the Church and Christ, that St. Paul develops especially in the First Letter to the Corinthians (cf. ch. 12). Above all, the body brings to mind a living reality. The Church is not a care association, or a cultural or political one, but is a living body, which walks and acts in history. And this body has a head, Jesus, who guides, nourishes and sustains it. This is a point that I would like to emphasize: if you separate the head from the rest of the body, the whole person cannot survive. So it is in the Church: we need to stay connected to Jesus in an increasingly intense way.

But not only that: as in a body, it is important for the lifeblood to pass through it, so we must allow Jesus to operate in us, must allow his Word to guide us, his Eucharistic presence to nourish us, animate us, we must allow his love to give strength to our loving our neighbor. And this, always! Always! Dear brothers and sisters, let us remain united to Jesus, let us trust him, let us orient our lives according to his Gospel, nourishing ourselves with daily prayer, listening to the Word of God and participation in the Sacraments.”

Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Amen

Jesus Christ Speaks
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 NRSV).

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CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS

At creation, it was the will of God to create man in His image and after His likeness,

But shortly after creation, man fell and was destined to die,

So, from generation to generation there was a need for a savior to redeem man from eternal damnation. The messiah.

Prophet after prophet spoke of the coming of this messiah,

So, it was one of those nights of waiting in the city of Bethlehem,

The prophesy foretold of old is about to be fulfilled:

You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah,

Out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel;

His origin goes back to the distant past, to the days of old.

The Lord is therefore going to abandon them till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth – Micah 5:2-3a

She who is to give birth is in labor pains in search of an inn to have the long awaited Messiah,

He came not with thunder flashing,

He came not in chariot along with throng of angels,

He came not with sire blaring,

He came to men in the tabernacle of the womb of a simple, unpopular woman – the Virgin Mary,

He came knocking at the doors of men,

And there was no room for Him in the inn,

But He came in human form that men may become the children of God.

Many of them were ignorant of the moment,

But the heavens watch as their Lord and King is born in the likeness of men,

The heaven is set to break the news in adoration of their King,

So, the heavenly choir was set for the first Carol night,

The bass, the tenure, the soprano, the alto and the orchestra – all set for the greatest moment in history, God assuming human form,

The birds of the night were silent as they stare and await the birth of the King of the universe,

The sheep are awake to behold the true Shepherd,

The heaven breaks into joy as the sound of the baby echo through the gentle breeze of the night,

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests – Luke 2:14

Hark! The herald angels sing

“Glory to the new-born King!

Peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinner reconciled”

Joyful, all ye nation rise

Join the triumph of the of the skies

With thee angelic host proclaim,

“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Prayer

Lord, thank You for coming to the world to redeem mankind. Help us to recognize You in men and women, young or old, poor or rich, able or disable. Amen

Merry Christmas 🎅🤶

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THE SEASON OF ADVENT 

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

In Christian tradition, advent is often regarded as a season of preparation. The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word “Adventus” which means “the coming” also known in Greek as “Parousia”. Advent is a time when the people of God prepare for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, a fall that sever man’s relationship with his God, the world eagerly awaits the coming of the Messiah. Him who is to redeem and save the entire human race, restoring mankind to his fellowship with God.

Today, here is the good news! Christ has come, Christ has died, Christ has risen and Christ will come again. Therefore, the season of advent now goes beyond waiting to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the manger, it is all about preparation to experience His beatific vision at the expiration of our lives here on earth.

The readings of the season echo messages of spiritual preparation, repentance, hope and joyful expectation. The Prophet Isaiah calls everyone – young and old to prepare spiritually for the Lord’s coming:

A voice cries: “Prepare in the wilderness a way of the Lord. Make a straight highway for our God across the desert. Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low, let every cliff become a plain, and the ridges a valley; then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all mankind shall it; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken – Isaiah 40:3-5.

The season of advent calls us to forsake our evil ways and to seek righteousness. It is a time of atonement for our sins as we await the coming of our righteous judge. As proclaimed by the Prophet Isaiah:

Thus says the Lord : Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbaths not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil – Isaiah 56:1-2

The season of Advent is a season of hope as Prophet Isaiah puts it:

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God, He will come with vengeance, and terrible recompense. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4

Advent is also a season of joyful expectation:

Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion. Shout with a loud voice, joy messenger Jerusalem. Shout without fear, say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God. ” Here is the Lord coming with power, His arm subduing all things to Him, His trophies all go before Him. He is like a shepherd feeding His flock, gathering lambs in His arms, holding them against His breast and leading to their rest the mother ewes – Isaiah 40:9-11

What are your plans for this year’s advent? What is your expectation? What do you hope for at Christmas and at the expiration of your life on earth? What preparation are you making? It mustn’t be only to welcome Christ at Christmas but also on that day when you will behold Him face to face?

This call for reflection is the essence of the season. But as you ponder over these questions, keep in mind these words: repentance and righteousness. You must be sober and vigilant knowing that our adversary, the devil walks about seeking whom to devour (I Pet 5:8). And never be oblivious that Satan also awaits another coming (Matthew 12:43-45) just as an unclean spirit seeks to return into the minds of men but we must realize that we are to give him no place (Ephesians 4:27).

As we journey into this season of grace, we must remember, there is no vacuum in life or in the world of the spirit, so if we are not waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ, guess whom we will be inviting by default? – The Devil.

So, beloved, we must take an expectancy inventory of our lives, so that this season will be for us a fruitful adventure and not a failed venture.

Payer

Lord of Hosts bring us back

Let Your face shine us and we shall be save d . Amen

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LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?

LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO?

There are moments in life when it seems like God has abandoned us, a time when it seems like God is not interested in our worries. There is often that period in our life when we question our faith, the point where we have enticing options popping into our minds compelling us to give up on God and just give Satan a chance so he can help us overcome our troubles.

This is a very difficult point to be in life. Many people are already at this point in life, many are very close to it and many have already accepted the help of Satan to ameliorate their worries. But the questions we must all ask ourselves these; Can Satan really help us? Is Satan really interested in our true happiness?

You may also want to ask a third question; “but why is God not helping us overcome our worries? But first, let us search our hearts if we have really given God a chance, if we have willingly followed his instructions. Most times when we feel let down, God is simply telling us “be patient,” “be still and know that I am God.” (See Psalm 46:10)

When faced with giant obstacles or challenges, what should we do as believers? We must wait on God even in the toughest moments of our lives. We must not lose faith in God for He is a faithful God. (See 2 Timothy 2:13). Stand your ground when the storm rages against your faith. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, we must learn to say:

If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let Him deliver us. But if not, be it know to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up. (3:17-18 NRVS)

Christianity is not about how much I get from God – wealth, health, business success, protection, mansion or daily bread. Christ already told us not to worry about these things (Matthew 6:25). Are these things not necessary to live a happy life on earth? Yes, they are but true peace and joy can only be found in God. Hence, God is calling us to a life of relationship and obedience; love and sacrifice; faith and trust.

If our lives are patterned after worldly or perishable things, therein lies the danger of seeking God just for daily bread. The Israelite once sought Christ for bread shortly after He fed them with five loaves and two fish. They were ignorant of the purpose of Christ’s miracle. Christ wanted to draw them to Himself – to know Him and to lead them to the fountain of living water. But their main concern was the temporal need – the moment.

Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on Him God the Father has set His seal. (John 6:26-27 NRSV)

Jesus is the bread of life and He is calling us to share in His kenosis. To do this, we must be willing to empty ourselves, to be genuine in seeking Him, to abandon ourselves in His care, to journey with Him both in time of famine and harvest, to take up our crosses and walk with Him on the path of life.

For the Israelites as with many people, ‘this is a difficult message, this is not what we expect from a saviour, and this seems contrary to God’s will for us.’ But we must realize that in rejecting this teaching, we will be turning away from the Bread of Life. The one who truly satisfies our daily routine. We must come to a deep realization that there is no other saviour who will meet our expectations. If we walk away from Christ, we walk away from our only hope. Peter knew this when he answered Christ’s fundamental question:
Do you also wish to go away? (See John 6:67)

Christ is asking us this same question on a daily basis especially in the most difficult points in life. Like Apostle Peter, we must always say with faith, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (See John 6:68)

Don’t be oblivious of the truth, when we seek happiness, joy, peace, freedom, growth, health and the most pressing needs of life, the answer is Jesus and in Him you will find the authentic, genuine, undemanding lasting solution. St John Paul II said it finely:

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.

  • St. John Paul II

‘Don’t give up on God and He won’t give up you’ sang Deitrick Haddon featuring Darwin Hobbs is his song ‘He’s able’. If you have wandered away like the Israelite and have sought comfort and remedy from spiritualist, drugs, drinks, ritual, occult, adultery, suicidal thoughts and the likes, return to Him like the Prodigal son. Be rest assured that God will embrace you and cloth you with the robe of love, peace and restoration.

I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 NRSV)

Prayer

“Lord, I know in my mind that you will win in the end. If only my heart would believe that, too! Grant me this grace. Grant that my life will show that kind of optimism at every moment.” Amen

Jesus Christ Speaks

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 NRSV).

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