April 28, 2016 (Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter) Dear friends in Christ, while the law is good for our common existence, grace is even more important. The law came through Moses, but grace has come to us through Christ. Our Liturgy today focuses on...

By Fr Julius OLAITAN ( Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, VI, Lagos)   Dear friends in Christ, it can be scary to make a journey to the unknown, to pass through the dark, without adequate lighting, to begin a venture in an area that...

Homily for March 30, 2016. Easter Wednesday. Bible Study: Acts 10:1-10 and Luke 24:13 -35. Going through our readings this morning, we can see that a lot went into the training of the disciples of Jesus before they became Great Apostles. In Mark chapter 9, we read about an embarrassing episode wherein a man brought his son to the disciples of Jesus for healing because the boy was possessed with an evil spirit but they couldn’t. Surprisingly, as we see in our first reading this morning, Peter and John met a crippled man by the Beautiful Gate who was begging for alms and they decided to give him the best gift ever; the gift of his healing.

Homily for March 19, 2016. Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Bible Study: 2nd Samuel 7, 4 to 16. Romans 4, 13 to 22 and Matthew 1, 16 to 24. In God’s plan of salvation for mankind, it was his will that his son Jesus Christ would be born as a man, raised as a man and die as a man that humanity as a whole may be saved. This was a plan that took thousands of years to execute, a plan that even prophets who were lived centuries before Jesus spoke about.

Homily for March 18, 2016. Friday of the 5th week of Lent Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 17:2-7, John 10:31-42 Going through our readings this morning, one immediately gets a sense of how hard it must have been for Jesus as well as for the prophet Jeremiah. Not only was his life threatened, the Jews picked up stones before his very presence to stone Jesus to death. Jesus tried to reason things out with them but to no avail.

Homily for March 17, 2016. Feast of St. Patrick, 2nd Patron of Nigeria Bible Study: 1st Peter 4, 7 to 11. And Luke 5, 1 to 11. Today, we take a little break from our Lenten series to reflect on Saint Patrick, a great icon of evangelisation in Ireland. Given that Nigeria as a country was mostly evangelized by the Irish missionaries, St. Patrick in a way is also our Patron Saint. If he had not allowed himself to be used by God so powerfully, millions of souls would never have seen the light.

Homily for March 16, 2016. Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent Readings: Daniel 3:14-20,24-25,28, Daniel 3:52-56, John 8:31-42 For some days now, our Gospel passages have been rather dramatic. Jesus is not having it easy with the Jews and they are prepared for a show down with him. One by one they present to him the issues for which they feel he deserves to die and Jesus responds to them giving them the reasons behind his utterances and actions.

Homily for March 15, 2016. Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent Readings: Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 101:2-3,16-21, John 8:21-30 Every sin is an act of rebellion and rebellion begins with dissatisfaction. To rebel is to challenge authority and demand for certain privileges or benefits which one feels deprived of. When we begin to question whether or not God is being fair to us or allowing us enjoy as much as it is possible for us to enjoy, then we are seriously rebellious and this is the heart of every single sin we commit.