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“Be Holy, For I, the Lord your God, am Holy” (Lev. 19:2)

. . . Reflection on the 7th Sunday of the Year, A, 2020 By Fr Innocent Nwafor Introduction Certain coinages appear common in today’s Christian religious milieu in Nigeria. In ordinary conversation, you hear people speak about “Miracle Centres”, “Healing Centres”, “Adoration Ground”, “Wellness Centre” etc. On the other hand, you never hear people talk about “Holiness Centre” or “Holiness ...

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Your Light Must Shine Before Others, So That They May See The Good You Do And Praise Your Father In Heaven” (Mtt 5:14)

. . . Living out What you Believe and Profess By Innocent Nwafor 1. Share Your Bread with the Hungary The background to today’s first reading is simple. The Lord sends the prophet Isaiah to “cry out loud” like the voice of a trumpet, calling the attention of the people of Israel to the disparity between their outward show of ...

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Reflection for the third week in Ordinary time of the Year, 2020

By Innocent Nwafor 1. The People that walked in darkness have seen a great light Light-Darkness conflict! These two significant phenomena are presented to us today to reflect upon. They remind us of the dramatic story of creation where the power of God, in whose light we see light (Ps 36:9), acted upon an empty and chaotic realm of darkness ...

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Baptism of the Lord: Bring Forth Justice to the Nations

Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7; Psalm 29:1a and 2, 3ac-4, 3b and 9c-10; Acts 10: 34-38; Matt 3: 13-17. By Cosmas Okechukwu Ebebe 1. Invitation Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Why baptize a sinless person? Jesus was conceived without sin and remains sinless because sin has no power over him. Jesus himself gives the answer as to why he ...

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Reflection on 4th Sunday of the Year A, 2020

By Innocent Nwafor 1. The Reality on ground “Wherever the African is, there is religion,” says John Mbiti, a prominent Christian Theologian from Kenya. Perhaps, there is no place in Africa where the veracity of this statement is as evident as in Nigeria today. This could easily be attested to by the number of people one finds in different churches ...

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Prayer That Moves God

In my reflection of last Sunday on prayer, I shared an experience of a prayer session in a bus travelling to Lagos. It would be recommended that you read the story in Fides Newspaper Sunday 23/7/17 page 22. It is a typical prayer we usually hear either before a commercial bus takes off or during the journey. I mentioned that ...

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We are Friends

I have worked with many Igbos in my previous place of work. And I still have a number of them in our company now and they are very friendly to me. I like them. We are friends. These are words spoken to me by a young auto-mechanic whom I encountered on my way to Jos in 1994. He introduced himself ...

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Living With a Sense of Mission

This is graduation season. Some children are graduating from secondary school and others are graduating from higher institutions. Graduation always marks the end of a specific period in a child’s life; it also signals the beginning of another phase. As children are graduating, so are some adults retiring from many years of work and some young men and women feel ...

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