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Homily 5th Sunday of Lent year A

The readings of today present us with beautiful symbols of the activity of God in the lives of those who believe and those who turn to him. He is good and merciful and continues in the great act of giving life to his creatures. He first gave life in creation but continues to sustain life and to re-give it to those who have lost it ask come back to him.
The first reading shows the state of the lives of those who have lost their contact with the spirit of God and God's response to them. They are dead even while they appear to live. They are dead to life in the spirit and are given over to the dominance of the flesh, the pleasures of the world, worldly philosophies, and the deceptions of the devil. Their intellect and minds are guided by worldly reasoning and values, their personality is shaped by a worldly mentality in conformity to the ruling culture of the time, and their bodies are built for the satisfaction of the flesh. They are slaves to the media propaganda culture and lack th…
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The psalmist in today’s responsorial psalm makes a faith declaration, describing his relationship with the Lord. He says; the Lord is my Sheppard there is nothing I shall want. This is because he allows the Lord to lead and guide him. And in his experience so far the Lord has always led him to the best opportunities. Even the Lord leads him through paths he does not understand or see clearly, they have always turned out at the end to be the best for him. God not only leads him he goes before him to prepare a place for him. And for this, he declares “I will continue to dwell in the House of the Lord forever, he does not fail me”. God for him thus is tested and certified.

This picture brings to mind the relationship between God and the Israelites fleeing from Egypt. The word of God said in Exodus 13: 17ff that “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change thei…

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Psalm 144:10-11, 15-18.
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52
Today Christ tells us three parables: That of the found treasure and pearl and that of the dragnet filled with fish. Christ here talks like a merchant, a trader, a businessman. He uses the principle of exchange to drive home a very important message about eschatology and how to reward positively from it. The one who sells all he has uses the money realized from it to buy another thing - of an immense value, something better.

That which is better for him is the kingdom of heaven. He sees nothing in the possessions of the man of equal or comparable worth with the kingdom of heaven and what it takes to attain it. A singer once sang "Ifeoma di n'ihu, onye elele anya n'azu" that which lies ahead is better than that which is left behind, hence we should focus on that which is to be attained.

I went to a town once on an evangelizing mission. There I discovere…