Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Wednesday Week 34 Ordinary time - November 25, 2020

 WEDNESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II

Revelation 15:1-4

Luke 21:12-19

BE STRONG IN TRIBULATION

Luke for some time now, have been telling us to prepare for the day and hour which will be our last here on earth. He has told us about the vanity of the things of the world and the need for us to detach ourselves from them. The beautiful city of Jerusalem and the temple will be no more, and we will see the things we hold so dear crumble before us. The troubling thing about this is that no one knows the day or the hour. We therefore need to be ready always. To be ready is not an easy task; Jesus tells us in the gospel reading of today to be ready to be persecuted and hated by those who want us to do their will instead of that of God. We should not get tired of doing what is right, our endurance will win us our lives when he comes. No human being can imagine what heaven looks like; it will surely be worth any suffering we can imagine. May almighty God grant us the grace to be steadfast in faith. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Tuesday Week 34 Ordinary time - November 24, 2020

 TUESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2020

MEMORIAL OF ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS (Martyrs)

 Apocalypse 14:14-19

Luke 21:5-11

 WE TOO CAN GIVE OUR LIVES FOR THE GOSPEL

The blood of the martyrs is indeed the seed of faith. Vietnam was closed to the word of God for a very long time, until the 16th and 17th century when missionaries from various parts of Europe especially Portugal and France trooped into the place to evangelise the people. Many of these missionaries and those who converted to the Christian faith were persecuted and many were killed. The fact that we have over 6 million Catholics in Vietnam today can tell us how many people were killed. The rulers did everything possible to get rid of the Christian faith in Vietnam. Those who had converted were forced to apostasize or be killed. A  report shows that between 1620 and 1862 , between 100,000 to 300,000 Christians lost their lives to the persecution.

At four different times between 1900 and 1951, these martyrs were beatified, and they were all canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 18, 1988.

As we enjoy the Christian faith today, let us know that many missionaries and the early converts in our various places, made a lot of sacrifices for us. Let us also make sacrifices so that those who will come after us will have a better environment to practice their faith. We should not be afraid to die for our faith. Our blood and sacrifices today, are the seed that will germinate for a better future. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSPAJA

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Monday Week 34 Ordinary time - November 23, 2020

 

MONDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II

Apocalypse 14:1-5,

Luke 21:1-4

 

SUCH ARE THE MEN

 

St John has been seeing visions of the last day as we have been seeing in the first readings in recent times. In the first reading of today, John tells us how he saw many people standing before the mountain of God. They were inscribed with the word of God on their foreheads; words of peace, patience, generosity,  kindness, gentleness and the likes. John was told that they are people who were pure and spotless, no fault could be found in them, they never allowed a lie to pass through their lips.

Generosity is part of the qualities to be before God. We see in the gospel reading how a woman who had little was praised for being very generous. Someone who has N1,000 can be said to be generous if he gives out N200 to a needy person, but one who has N100,000 and gives out N200, can be said to be selfish. We ask God for the grace to live a virtuous life so as to be worthy to stand before him. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary time Year A - November 22, 2020 - Christ the King

SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2020

LAST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

SOLEMNITY  OF CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17

Psalm 22:1-3,5-6

1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28

Matthew 25:31-46

JESUS IS OUR TRUE KING

Today we celebrate the solemnity of Jesus the ideal king and servant leader and shepherd of the whole universe. We truly live in a world today where true leadership is lacking. Every government is suffering from bad leadership. Many people are crying that things are not going as they should be.

In the first reading of today, we see a very clear case of injustice and oppression of the common people by the leaders. Instead of caring for the sheep, the shepherds were taking the little left for them. The little which is meant for the people are diverted to personal use or stored and kept away from them. The paliatives for the poor which were stored and kept away from the people is a very clear example. The religious parlance may not be totally free of this too as we have many people parading themselves as men of God, but are after personal gain.

We all have our own faults too. How are you carrying out the little tasks entrusted to you too? Are you seeking your own interest or that of the people?

Many human kingdoms have collapsed because of dictatorships and personal interests. In 1925 after the world wars, the church started the celebration of Christ the King to bring to our consciousness that christ is our true king and leader, only him will lead us to green pasture.

Jesus tells us in Mark10:41-45 that positions of authority are for service, not to lord it over people because Jesus came to serve and not to be served.

In the second reading, St Paul shows us more clearly how much Jesus served us here on earth to the extent of giving up his life to free us from sin and death.

In the gospel reading, Jesus tells us to also serve one another. Jesus is not asking for too much from us, but that we should learn from him and serve one another especially the poor, needy and sick

Despite all that we have passed through this year, we still have a reason to thank our king and saviour. Acclaim him today as the king of kings and lord of lords. God help us. Amen.

Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP

Fr. Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie, MSP - Homily for Wednesday Week 34 Ordinary time - November 25, 2020

  WEDNESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II Revelation 15:1-4 Luke 21:12-19 BE STRONG IN TRIBULATION Luke for some time now, have...